Jordan Nolan was assessed a two-game suspension for boarding Darren Helm during the third period of Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced early Sunday.
Nolan, considered to be a repeat offender, will forfeit $17,073 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund based on his average annual salary.
As noted last night, this is Nolan’s second suspension. He was suspended one game for a gloved punch to an unsuspecting Jesse Joensuu during a scrum in an April game in Edmonton last season. He was also fined for a cross-check to Henrik Sedin’s back during a game at Staples Center in March, 2013.
The league hasn’t posted a video explaining the decision yet. When it is available, it will be embedded to LA Kings Insider along with the team’s reaction.
Given that Anze Kopitar is expected to return from injury against the Carolina Hurricanes today, and Trevor Lewis returned on Friday, the team should still be able to ice a full forward group.