Oilers’ Draisaitl faces possible suspension for spearing

Oilers’ Draisaitl faces possible suspension for spearing

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for spearing San Jose’s Chris Tierney.

Draisaitl received a major penalty and game misconduct when he hit Tierney in the groin with his stick in the second period of Edmonton’s 7-0 loss Tuesday night. The league says Draisaitl faces a hearing Wednesday for a possible suspension.

The series is tied at two games apiece with Game 5 on Thursday in Edmonton.

Draisaitl was eighth in the league in scoring with 77 points in the regular season but has none in the playoffs. He was moved from the top line wing to a third-line center role in Game 3.

Draisaitl had just 20 penalty minutes in the regular season.

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