The Department of Player Safety has made a quick decision regarding Carolina’s Nino Niederreiter. They announced that the Hurricanes winger has been suspended for one game for his hit on Washington winger Axel Jonsson-Fjallby.
The incident occurred at 13:50 of the first period during Carolina’s 4-3 shootout loss on Friday. He was assessed a minor penalty for slashing at the time. Niederreiter was checked into Washington’s bench, losing his helmet along the way. Once he had freed himself, he slashed the Capitals winger in the helmet.
In their video, it was noted that the minimal force that Niederreiter used to hit Jonsson-Fjallby is the sole reason why the suspension isn’t for longer than the one game. Niederreiter will miss Sunday’s game against the Rangers and will be eligible to return to Carolina’s lineup on Tuesday against the Lightning. He will forfeit $26.25K as a result of the suspension with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.