The Detroit Red Wings are not having a Detroit Red Wings like season.
And star right winter Gustav Nyquist, who has scuffled this season as well, will face the long arm of the NHL law for a particularly vicious high stick on Sunday night.
Gustav Nyquist controversial high stick on Jared Spurgeon
RT – Dirty. Should be suspended!
FAV – It’s fine. Just play on! pic.twitter.com/frYMU4Hsmf
— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) February 13, 2017
Nyquist has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety — never a good thing — after he pitch-forked Minnesota Wild defenceman in retaliation for a cross-check during a 6-3 loss. It was Detroit’s fourth defeat in a row and keeps them solidly in last in the Eastern Conference.
He could be handed a suspension of six games or more, depending on how the hearing goes. The NHL’s official interpretation of how such a meeting is determined is as follows.
If the infraction might require a suspension of six games or more, the offending Player is offered the opportunity to an in-person hearing. In this case, the Player remains suspended until the hearing takes place. If the Player waives his right to an in-person hearing, the hearing will be conducted by phone.
Nyquist has just seven goals this season, after scoring an average 24 in the three previous seasons. He has added 22 assists and is -4.