Which players should cover their bodies during the NHL playoffs?
Posted On July 23, 2021
There’s no denying that the NHL’s players are having a great year.
There’s only one problem: a lot of them are wearing some pretty extreme gear that can’t be ignored during the postseason.
While the league hasn’t yet issued a set-in-stone rule for the playoffs, the league has already announced that it will no longer allow players to wear any type of covering other than pads.
Here are some of the other major players who have already been fined for their questionable coveralls.
Jussi Jokinen has already been handed a $75,000 fine for covering his head during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.
In Game 1, he had to wear a mask and helmet after being hit in the face by a check from Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov.
In Game 2, Anaheim Ducks center Max Pacioretty also had to remove his helmet after he was hit in his left eye by Lightning defenseman Steven Stamkos.
Both Pacioto and Stamkos had to leave the game after being hurt by the hits, but both still finished the series with 1 goal and 3 assists.
In the end, Paciorentty had his helmet pulled back and was sent to the minors for Game 2.
Paciorety also had a rough game against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1.
He missed four shots, and finished the game with 4:03 of ice time.
He also went 0-for-3 on the power play.
The league has also fined two players for violating its “no contact” rule, which means that players cannot be in close proximity with an opponent during the course of a game.
They are also expected to fine both Pittsburgh Penguins forward Kris Letang and New Jersey Devils defenseman Matt Bartkowski.
While most of the fines have been for minor infractions, there have been some notable penalties handed out to players.
Jaden Schwartz was fined $100,000 for his late hit on the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Victor Rask in Game 3.
He then had to be checked on by the trainers, who also had him take a hit from the Boston Bruins’ Jarome Iginla.
After Iginala was injured in the second period, the NHL suspended Schwartz for the remainder of the playoffs for two games.
Iginla’s hit also forced the Penguins forward to miss Game 4 of the conference finals, which the Bruins won.
In the third period of Game 4 against the Washington Capitals, forward Ryan Kesler was ejected for hitting a teammate during a collision.
The league suspended Kesler for one game and fined him $100.
Kesler, who is from Pennsylvania, was also fined $50,000 by the league for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik in Game 4.
In Game 5, the Washington Senators forward Ryan O’Reilly was ejected after he sucker-punched New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider during a game in the Western Conference Final.
O’Reilly also got fined for his first-period hit on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Cory Schneider in the third overtime.
Kesl is also facing a $25,000 penalty for his fourth-period head butt on Boston Bruins forward Evgeni Malkin in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
There are more fines coming to an end of the postseason, with the NHL set to announce which players will be suspended for their first- and second-quarter games, as well as the total amount of the penalties.
As for the players who are still playing in the playoffs after their suspensions, we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the first round.