Nyquist will face a six-game suspension for high-sticking Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face during Sunday's game, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
This is a relatively light punishment for the Swede considering he waived his right to an in-person hearing, but now he won't be eligible to return until an away game against the Oilers on March 4. In his absence, look for Thomas Vanek to jump into the top six with fourth-line pest Steve Ott rounding out the forward group more frequently.
Nyquist is expected to sit out of Wednesday's game against the Blues due to a probable suspension, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
The Red Wings did not hold morning skate Wednesday as they pay their respects to long-time owner Mike Ilitch -- who passed away Friday at the age of 87 -- but Nyquist should soon learn his fate. There's been speculation that the sniper could miss 5-to-6 games after spearing Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face with his stick in Sunday's game. It would be wise to avoid using Nyquist with his playing status in jeopardy possibly for the rest of the month.
Gus was offered an in-person hearing with the league, but by waiving his right to the formal hearing, he's assuming the risk of being suspended for at least six games. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring for fantasy owners of the Swede, as he's a top-line winger who's been averaging 2:54 of ice time on the man advantage this campaign.
Nyquist took exception to Spurgeon cross-checking him from behind, appearing to retaliate with a stick jab to the defenseman's grill -- yet the sniper maintains that the play was unintentional. Gus was assessed a double-minor on the play, and fortunately Spurgeon was able to return after getting stitches on his cheek. There has been no shortage of calls for the Swede to be suspended, so it'll be interesting to see what the league's safety division decides.
In terms of his fantasy prospects, Gus often gets lost among the throng of similarly skilled forwards on Detroit's roster. However, he's gradually worked his way up to the top line with Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Tatar, and also gets time on the top man-advantage unit. With the