The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has ruled that Ryan Lindgren will not receive a suspension or any other discipline for his hit on Joonas Donskoi last night:
(2/2) While there was significant head contact on this play, Lindgren took a proper angle of approach, did not extend outward or upward and hit through Donskoi’s core. Therefore, under Rule 48.1 (i), the head contact was determined to be unavoidable.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 8, 2020
Here was Lindgren’s hit on Donskoi:
Here's one more angle of the Ryan Lindgren hit on Joonas Donskoi pic.twitter.com/ZTrrgwDJ7B
— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) January 8, 2020
Earlier today, news hit that Lindgren would have a hearing, which usually means a suspension, so this is a bit of a surprise. But a good surprise nonetheless.
It remains to be seen how Libor Hajek will (if at all) be inserted into the lineup. The prevailing thought process was that he would slide in for Lindgren if he was suspended. Since that didn’t happen, we might get some news on him soon.