Polak was assessed a two-game suspension for boarding Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand in Wednesday's game. This ruling is supplementary to Polak's in-game boarding and game misconduct penalties. According to Scouting The Refs, a web site that tracks the NHL's disciplinary history, Polak is the 19th player to be hit with a suspension this campaign, including guys that missed preseason games due to suspensions.
Polak will have a hearing Thursday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding the Jackets' Oliver Bjorkstrand during Wednesday's 5-2 win. Polak received a major penalty and a game misconduct for his hit on Bjorkstrand, who was unable to return to the game after going face-first into the boards. If Polak is handed a suspension by the NHL's Department of Player Safety, Alexey Marchenko or Martin Marincin will likely draw into Toronto's lineup for Thursday's game against New Jersey.
Polak scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Lightning. It was a shot from the blue line that went off Andrei Vasilevskiy's shoulder and bounced into the net. Polak isn't a fantasy producer -- this was just his fourth goal and seventh point this season.
Polak had six hits in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Canadiens. Polak is playing steady hockey -- coach Mike Babcock deploys him in a way that protects his slow feet from exploitation. Unfortunately, his six points in 56 games doesn't cut the mustard in fantasy.
Polak picked up his first point in over a month Wednesday when he scored his third goal of the season against Detroit. He's still laying hits and blocking shots, so the points are pure gravy. Polak plays best in protected minutes, but that's a little tougher right now with Morgan Reilly out with injury. He really only has value in those formats that count defensive categories.
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