May 4, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman (32) is check on by the trainer after taking a charge for Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (not pictured) in the second period in game three of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Abdelkader, Suspended?

In Game 3 on May 4th, Justin Abdelkader hit Toni Lydman high and possibly in the head. Abdelkader was given a 5 minute charging penalty and a game misconduct. Toni Lydman was injured on the hit and had to be helped off the ice, he did not return to the game.

In the still photo, it looks like Abdelkader’s shoulder is comes into contact with Lydman’s head, but it is also a full body contact hit. The full body contact could save Abdelkader from suspension because the head would not be the principle point of contact.

The second part of the discussion would be whether or not Abdelkader left his feet. His right skate is slightly off the ice, but the left skate is firmly planted on the ice, which means that he did not jump into the hit.

Abdelkader could be suspended, but if he is I doubt it would be for more than one game, even if Lydman will not be returning to the ice soon any time soon.

Now it is time for you to make up your own mind. Here is the video of the hit, what do you think will happen to Abdelkader?


UPDATE: Abdelkader was suspended for two games by the NHL.

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