Nazem Kadri Suspended For Three Games

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 14 2013 03:46PM

The National Hockey League has announced that Toronto Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games for his elbow to the head of Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, meaning he will be out of the lineup until no sooner than November 21st. 

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LFR7 - Game 18 - Not So Wild - Tor 1, Min 2 (SO)

Steve Dangle
November 14 2013 01:12PM


Apparently I had blue pen ink on my fingers when I made this video.

The Leafs need to score more. David Clarkson needs to score more

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Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 14 2013 12:35PM


With the Toronto Maple Leafs roster dropping like flies to injuries, potential suspensions, and actually playing with a lack of results, a lot of people have asked me over the past week or so who from the Marlies deserve a look at the NHL level, either by lack of depth or by earned play. 

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Is the NHL the next place for SportVU?

Ryan Fancey
November 14 2013 11:16AM

Over the summer I read about the new SportVU player tracking technology that the NBA would be implementing league-wide. Up until this season, only about a third of the league had gone down that road and used it for their own purposes, but now, by the looks of it, the data is available to anyone who simply punches into their browser.

What is it? From the link above:

SportVU is a six-camera system operating in the rafters of every NBA arena. From above, the cameras collect data at a rate of 25 times per second and follow the ball and every player on the floor. They calculate players' distance, speed and the relation of those to where the ball is and in what time spans.

 I was interested to see how this whole thing worked, but sort of forgot about it when the basketball season got underway, until a few days ago when a friend texted me to point out all the new stats that were available on the league's official website. I'm not the biggest basketball fan, but I have my moments. 

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Will Nazem Kadri face a suspension for his hit(s) against Minnesota?

Cam Charron
November 14 2013 12:14AM

Nazem Kadri received a match penalty against the Minnesota Wild for an illegal check to the head of Mikael Granlund. If you check the video, you can see that the official on the broadcast right, the veteran Dan O'Halloran, was the one that made the call, and not Trent Knorr, who had been working in his first NHL game.

Anyway, that's elementary. A match penalty means that Kadri is suspended until the league reviews the play, but I have to imagine it gets rescinded. A similar thing happened with Anton Belov, who levelled Claude Giroux on Saturday, but on further review, it was just a strong shoulder-on-shoulder hit that looked a little more violent than it was. I'm not too worried with the hit on Granlund.

But that's not the only play Nazem the Dream has to worry about from Wednesday's game. Kadri also levelled Nik Backstrom in the first period, and the image is forever immortalized as the header of this post.

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