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Flames defender Nikita Zadorov to face Player Safety hearing for hit on Luke Glendening

Following a hit in Game 6, Calgary Flames blueliner Nikita Zadorov will potentially be subject to supplemental discipline. Zadorov hit Dallas forward Luke Glendening in the second period of Friday night’s game and will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Glendening was down on the ice for a little bit, and looked out of sorts coming off the ice. He missed the remainder of the second period, but returned for the third period but didn’t play any shifts – he just sat on the bench. (Based on how wobbly he looked coming off the ice, his return was pretty surprising.) No penalty was levied on the play.

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Zadorov is a big, big dude, seven inches taller than Glendening, and the height difference makes it challenging for him to throw hits while avoiding head contact with whoever he’s hitting. The point of discussion in his hearing will likely be the degree to which he makes head contact with Glendening.

Toronto’s Kyle Clifford and Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse both faced hearings from Player Safety during the post-season, and both received one game suspensions.

The Flames face Dallas in Game 7 on Sunday night at the Saddledome.

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