As reported earlier, Chicago’s Joakim Nordstrom was to be given his day in court for his hit on Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The Department of Player Safety handed down their ruling, and it’s two game ban for Nordstrom.
Mr. Burke, if you’d please do the honors…
Pretty cut and dry. Nordstrom saw the numbers of OEL, and didn’t pull up on the hit. (Side note: found out the correct way to say ‘Joakim’ from the video…)
For his troubles, Nordstrom, will be $6,630.82 lighter in the wallet. The forward will miss Chicago’s next two games against San Jose and the New York Islanders.
The Blackhawks currently sit in third in the Central Division at 86-points. They’re 5-points behind St. Louis and Nashville for the top spots, and 5-points ahead of Minnesota who sits in the first Wild Card slot. With the wealth of talent Chicago has, it remains to be seen if they’ll be negatively impacted by the loss of Nordstrom. He’s only played 31 games for them this year and has 2-points.
Now if you want to start your weekend off with some hilarity, fish around the social media sites for the most die-hard of Blackhawks fans. According to their theories, and I’m paraphrasing, this suspension is another indication that the NHL hates the Blackhawks.
That’s straight up Canadian market MSM tinfoil hat paranoia right there.