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Nazem Kadri’s Suspension: How Many Games Will He Get?

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri

It’s deja vu all over again in the Stanley Cup playoffs for Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri.

The oft-disciplined center figures to earn another NHL sitdown after he cross-checked Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in the head during the third period of Toronto’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday at TD Garden.

Kadri was assessed a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. He has been offered an in-person hearing with the NHL’s player safety department.

Generally, in-person hearings are only held when a player is facing a suspension of five games or more in length.

It’s not the first time Kadri has found himself on the wrong side of the NHL justice system. The Leafs center owns a lengthy rap sheet. He was suspended three games last spring, also during a playoff series against the Bruins when he slammed the head of Boston forward Tommy Wingels into the boards with a bodycheck.

Kadri has also been fined three times by the league – twice for diving (embellishment) and once for a throat-slashing gesture he directed at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

Considering his past history, how many games will Kadri be set down for this time around?

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