PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Penguins forward Craig Adams was suspended for Wednesday night’s Game 4 between the Penguins and Flyers.
It could get worse for the Penguins today.
Forwards Arron Asham and James Neal could be suspended as well.
Asham cross-checked Philadelphia’s Braydon Schenn in the upper chest/throat area Sunday, then punched Schenn in the back of the head as he was down on the ice.
It’s almost certain the Penguins will be without Asham in Game 4. In fact, his suspension could be as severe as missing the rest of this series should it go seven games.
Asham has an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan today.
Neal has two phone hearings with Shanahan today for multiple hits from Sunday’s game.
Neal hit both Philadlphia forward Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier — the second of which he left his feet for. He was suspended years ago for a hit while he played in Dallas, so it’s not known how hard the NHL will come down on him as far as fines and suspensions go.
Adams received his one-game suspension Monday because of instigating a fight with Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell with under five minutes remaining in Sunday’s game. Any instigator with under five minutes remaining comes with a one-game suspension after a league review of the incident.
Attached to Adams’ one-game suspension is a mandatory $10,000 fine to Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma.
Joe Vitale, Eric Tangradi and Dustin Jeffrey have all been healthy scratches. Depending on how many suspensions the Penguins end up with, Bylsma will likely choose from those three to fill the lineup for Game 4.