Dustin Brown to have hearing with Dept. Player Safety - LA Kings Insider

Forward Dustin Brown will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday for his kneeing penalty on Tampa Bay defenseman Mikhail Sergachev in their game Sunday.

The play happened at the 14:27 mark of the second period and Brown received a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Sergachev left for the remainder of the period but returned in the third. The Kings lost 4-3.

Brown had a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for cross-checking Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz on Jan. 18 and was fined $10,000. 

Losing Brown for any period of time would hurt for the Kings as they continue on their seven-game road-trip. The Kings are 1-1-0 so far on this trek and forward Trevor Lewis returned to Los Angeles to be checked out by team doctors after a scary collision with the boards Friday at Florida. Coach John Stevens sounded hopeful that Lewis could return at some point on the trip but wanted him to be looked at by the team’s medical staff first.

Lewis was helped to his feet after the play and walked into the locker room under his own power when he got to the team bench.

Brown is tied for third on the team with 16 goals and his plus-25 is tops on the Kings. Also, his 19:17 of ice-time per-night ranks second amongst Kings forwards.

The team is off Sunday but will practice Monday in Raleigh, N.C. Their game at the Carolina Hurricanes is Tuesday.

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