Eichel suspended two games by Department of Player Safety

The suspension is for his illegal check to the head of Carl Soderberg on Saturday

Brayton Wilson
March 10, 2019 - 2:19 pm

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After a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Sunday, Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel has suspended two games for his illegal check to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg on Saturday.

The Sabres captain made the hit in the second period of Buffalo's 3-0 loss to the Avalanche when he initiated contact with Soderberg in the neutral zone, making the head the principal point of contact. The two were going after a loose puck in front of the penalty box when Eichel changed direction to make the hit before playing the puck. While he did not extend his elbow or completely go out of his way to make contact with Soderberg's head, Eichel's still caught him in the head with his shoulder.

This is the first time Eichel has been suspended in his four-year NHL career. Soderberg did not suffer an injury as a result of the hit, and he did not miss a shift.

Eichel will miss Tuesday’s matchup against the Dallas Stars and Thursday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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