Ice Chips: Devils' Smith, Bolts' Watson both fined by NHL DOPS
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NHL Player Safety
The NHL's Department of Player Safety has fined Tampa Bay Lightning forward Austin Watson $2,022.57, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct during last night's game against the Nashville Predators.
Player Safety also fined New Jersey Devils defenceman Brendan Smith $2,864.58, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for a dangerous trip on Devin Shore of the Seattle Kraken.
Watson was given a two-minute minor for roughing and a 10 minute misconduct at the end of Thursday's game against the Predators after he fired a slapshot at Nashville defenceman Jeremy Lauzon that resulted in a scrum afterwards. Lauzon went down in pain as the Predators skated away with the 5-1 victory.
Tampa Bay’s Austin Watson has been fined $2,022.57, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for unsportsmanlike conduct during last night’s game against Nashville.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) December 8, 2023
Smith was given a two-minute minor penalty for tripping at 8:48 of the third period in the Devils' 2-1 win over the Kraken.
New Jersey’s Brendan Smith has been fined $2,864.58, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for a dangerous trip on Seattle’s Devin Shore.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) December 8, 2023
Head coach Martin St. Louis confirmed goaltender Cayden Primeau will get the start in Buffalo on Saturday.
The 24-year-old is 2-3-0 this season with an .886 save percentage and 3.72 goals-against average.
L'entraîneur-chef Martin St-Louis confirme que Cayden Primeau obtiendra le départ devant le filet contre les Sabres samedi.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) December 8, 2023
Head coach Martin St-Louis confirms that Cayden Primeau will get the start in Buffalo on Saturday.#GoHabsGo
Forward Jiri Smejkal has been recalled from the American Hockey League's Belleville Senators.
The 27-year-old has three goals and nine points in 17 games with Belleville this season, his first in the AHL.
Smejkal spent the previous seven seasons playing in Europe, including stints in the KHL, Czech Extraliga, SM Liiga and Sweden.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky gets the start in net tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 35-year-old is 12-6-1 with a 2.49 GAA and .910 save percentage this season. He has his last four starts.