On the day the Detroit Red Wings announced Matt Luff would be out for 10 to 12 weeks after wrist surgery, the NHL handed a 2-game suspension to Montreal Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky for causing the injury.
Slafkovsky, 18, received a boarding major/game misconduct penaly Detroit Red Wings after driving Luff face-first into the boards near the Red Wings bench. The Canadiens beat Detroit 3-2 in a shootout.
It was the second time in two games, a Canadiens forward was assessed a major penalty for boarding in the third period. Josh Anderson did the same against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. He also received a two-game suspension.
Slafkovsky was the No.1 overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft.
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Matt Luff will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks, but Tyler Bertuzzi will be returning to the Red Wings’ lineup next week.
Even with the Detroit Red Wings‘ improved defensive play, the margin of error is “very thin.” That was coach Derek Lalonde’s message after the team lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Montreal Canadiens.
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The 7-3-3 Detroit Red Wings will play the New York Rangers tonight in Little Caesars Arena. The Red Wings beat the Rangers 3-2 in overtime at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
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