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Zack Kassian will have a hearing Monday

12 janvier 2020
Edmonton Oilers' forward, Zack Kassian, is set to have a hearing with the NHL's department of Player Safety on Monday for an incident that involved Matthew Tkachuk during Saturday night's Battle of Alberta.

Tkachuk hammered Kassian with a questionable hit which angered the Oilers' forward, Kassian's response was to start punching the young Flames' pest and toss him on the ice multiple times. Kassian received a double-minor for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct for his actions. Calgary went on to score the game-winning goal on the power play that they received from the altercation. The Department of Player Safety announced that Tkachuk will not receive any discipline for the controversial hits that he made on Kassian.

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Kassian and Tkachuk have beef dating back to last season when Tkachuk told Kassian that he wouldn't fight him because he is a fourth liner, so the events on Saturday night came as no surprise.

They each took a couple jabs at each other in the post-game media scrum:

"If he doesn't want to get hit, then stay off the tracks," said Tkachuk. "I caught him three times there-you think he'd learn after the first one. If he wants to react that way we'll take the power play, we'll take the game-winner, and we'll move on to first place."

"He's just a young punk that has to figure that aspect out in the game," Kassian said of Tkachuk after the game. "It's sad because he's a pretty good player but he's a (expletive)."

Kassian has been suspended by the league on a number of occasions, most notably on Sept. 24, 2013, when he was suspended eight games for slashing his current Oilers teammate, Sam Gagner, in the mouth and breaking his jaw.



Kassian being suspended would be a huge loss for the Oilers, who are currently battling for first in the Pacific Division. Kassian has been a huge piece to Edmonton's success so far this season, in 44 games this season, the 28-year-old has 13 goals and 28 points. He needs two more goals and one more point to tie his career high in each of those categories.

Last night's game is a great example of how important games are getting at this time of year, Edmonton and Calgary entered the game with the exact same record, but with the win, Calgary was able to jump up to first in the Pacific division, while Edmonton was sent down to the first wild card spot.

Calgary now leads the Pacific Division with 55 points, Vegas and Arizona are right behind with 54 points, and Edmonton and Vancouver occupy the final two Western Conference playoff spots with 53 and 52 points respectively. The race for top spot in the division is tight and we are in for an exciting second half of Pacific Division hockey.

The next Battle of Alberta will be on January 29 and again on February 1, so be sure to tune into that, because you can guarantee that you will be in for some exciting hockey as these two teams battle it out for a playoff spot.

We won't know the final decision on Kassian until tomorrow, but come to TradeRumours to read all about it!

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