We have our answer as to David Backes’ punishment for checking Frans Nielsen in the face/chin area last night against the Detroit Red Wings, and is this one a doozy.
Boston’s David Backes suspended three games for interference on Detroit’s Frans Nielsen. https://t.co/TaN0CGiY8v— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 7, 2018
The Department of Player Safety deems it a late hit to the head area that caused injury, neither of the facts of which I’m disputing, because it’s dead on. With no prior history, however, I question how three games becomes the most logical timeline for suspension. With the rest of a home stand waiting in the balance and the Bruins down now two of their key forwards, these games become a lot more important to win for the home stretch. What do you think? Is three games the right length for Backes’ suspension?