Panthers defenceman Mike Matheson will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Monday as a result of his hit on Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson on Saturday night in Florida.
The 19-year-old Swedish centre appeared woozy afterwards and needed assistance to get to the locker-room. He did not return to the game.
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In a post on its official Twitter feed on Sunday, the Department of Player Safety said Matheson would have a hearing for “interference/unsportsmanlike conduct” on Pettersson.
After the game, Canucks head coach Travis Green called the hit ”a dirty play.”
Pettersson has eight points (5-3) in five games this season. He was selected by the Canucks with the fifth overall pick in last year’s NHL Entry Draft.
Fourth-line centre Jay Beagle also left the game with an apparent hand/wrist injury after blocking a shot.
A team spokesman said the Canucks were travelling Sunday and that injury updates would likely be provided on Monday.
The Canucks (3-2-0) will continue their road trip Tuesday night against Pittsburgh.
The Canadian Press