San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was scheduled for an in-person disciplinary hearing in New York on Thursday for his hit on Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 on Tuesday.
The in-person hearing means Torres could be suspended for five or more games.
Stoll did not return to the game for the third period after being hit in the head by Torres late in the second period and Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said they "weren't resting" him.
Torres was assessed a minor penalty for charging on the play.
Sutter hinted that Stoll may not return to the lineup anytime soon, saying "you play seven games in 12 days, so that's tough."
"Clean hit. Not even a charging penalty, in my opinion," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan after the game.
Torres has been suspended three times over his career, including 21 games during last season's playoffs for an illegal hit on Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. He was also suspended two games for charging last season and four games for an elbow to the head in 2010-11.
Brad Richardson is the likely replacement for Stoll in Game 2 on Thursday.