The NHL have suspended Zack Kassian for three games for his boarding penalty on Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon.
Kassian tracked Dillon down through the neutral zone, but when Dillon dumped the puck in and turned to go for a change, Kassian drove him into the boards from behind. He was assessed a boarding major and a game misconduct on the play. Kassian is eligible to return to the Canucks lineup next Friday in Winnipeg.
Kassian took a bad penalty that led to a Rangers power-play goal in yesterday's 5-2 loss. He has just one goal and a minus-5 rating in his last eight games, obviously coach Tortorella wants to see more discipline and production out of this edgy forward. Zac Dalpe will dress in his place.
Kassian was called-up today and Bill Sweatt was sent down. Kassian will play on the Canucks third line with Maxim Lapierre and Nicklas Jensen. He played in the AHL after being sent down, so the Canucks are giving him another chance.
The Canucks flew off to Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon without forward Zack Kassian.
Kassian, who re-injured a sore back in a fight with the Blues’ Chris Stewart early in Tuesday’s 3-2 win. The Canucks had an extra forward (Andrew Ebbett) for Tuesday’s game, but with Kassian out and if Sestito can’t play the team would need to recall a forward from the Chicago Wolves farm club.
#Canucks forward Zack Kassian is back from back injury tonight against #Blues
Kassian will return to the Canucks lineup after missing their last two games because of a back injury. After a hot start to the season when he was playing with the Sedins, Kassian has struggled to get on the stat sheet lately. He has five goals and three assists in 26 games this season.
If Kassian plays with the Sedin twins it gives him a significant boost in fantasy value. He would provide some toughness and protection for the twins, but he is no slouch when it comes to scoring. Keep an eye on him, if he starts with the Sedin's he is worth an add.