Blues’ Bortuzzo to have hearing for cross-checking Predators’ Arvidsson

David Amber, Brian Burke, Kelly Hrudey and Elliotte Friedman discuss the Robert Bortuzzo hit and what length of suspension he could receive after his hearing with the NHL.

St. Louis Blues defenceman Robert Bortuzzo will have a hearing for a cross-checking penalty he took against the Nashville Predators Saturday.

The incident occurred early in the first period. With players crashing the Blues’ net, Bortuzzo cross-checked the Predators’ Viktor Arvidsson, sending him flying into the net.

Bortuzzo was given a two-minute minor penalty on the play and Arvidsson left the game with a lower-body injury.

The 30-year-old has been suspended before. In September of 2018 he was suspended for two pre-season games and one regular season game for elbowing Capitals defenceman Michal Kempny in the head. And in December of 2014, he was suspended for two games for a high hit on Jaromir Jagr.

The Predators won the game 4-2. The teams will play a rematch in Nashville on Monday.

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