Coach Scott Arniel's... ummmm, "paraphrased" comments to the media might be the least of the Columbus Blue Jackets' worries when practice opens this morning.
The media in Nashville's already talking about it. So... just so no one's surprised amid the obvious frustration over the Jackets' come-from-ahead OT loss...
...the Jackets may very well go up against Boston on Saturday without one of their better defensemen of late.
At issue is the hit Nikita Nikitin put on Patric Hornqvist almost immediately after he scored the goal to pull the Preds to 3-2, a hit Preds coach Barry Trotz says is worthy of a suspension, per PuckScene.
Since it happened right after the goal... there is actually video of the hit to peruse.
I won't kid you... I don't think this will turn out well. I think the Jackets will be without Nikitin for a couple games. That's just my guess. It definitely looks like Nikitin's elbow is going into Hornqvist's back, and Hornqvist goes dangerously into the boards. The good news is that he managed to turn his body to ensure he didn't go into the boards head-first, and he returned to the ice.
I don't think Brendan Shanahan will ignore the fact that the hit was from behind.
It's a spot on what was otherwise a relatively good evening for Nikitin... as he tallied an assist, which was his 10th point in his 13 games with the CBJ.
If this goes the way I think it will, that playmaking ability will be missed on Saturday.
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