Engelland received a match penalty for his hit on Justin Abdelkader in Saturday's win and faces certain further punishment after being offered an in-person hearing by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
in-person hearings allow for suspensions beyond five games. Engelland is a repeat offender, having been suspended for three games in December of 2011 for another illegal check to the head. The Penguins will have to recall a defenseman to fill the void that will be left by Engelland's potential suspension.
Engelland draws back into the lineup and should give the top four a bit of a rest. The former enforcer has turned into more of a two-way defender with two goals and 10 points over 32 games. More importantly, he has only 30 PIM through those same 32 games.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland has been suspended for 3 games.
Engelland has cleaned up his game and established himself as a player in the NHL with two goals and 10 points over 32 shots. However, he will not be available to play with the Pens until December 31st.