New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland five games, without pay for an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader during their Saturday’s game.
The NHL Department of Player Safety said the incident occurred at 19:30 of the first period. Engelland was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Based on his average annual salary, Engelland will forfeit $14,529.90. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund
Meanwhile, Abdelkader skated today for the first time since the hit as the Wings practiced on the outdoor rink at Comerica Park.
“I’m working my way back,” Abdelkader said. “It’s a process. We’ll see. As long as I have no setbacks, we’ll keep building it each day.”
However, there is no timetable for when Abelkader might play again.
“The first day, two days, I still had some lingering headaches,” Abdelkader said. “Everything’s been feeling good so far. First day on the ice. Hopefully, I’ll just keep getting better and have no setbacks.”