Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman could be in a world of trouble for what he did Wednesday night during a game against the Nashville Predators.

During the second period of the game, Wideman was attempting to get back to his bench for a line change after being shaken up himself by a hit seconds earlier. In his path was veteran NHL linesman Don Henderson, who had his back turned to the Calgary blue liner. As Wideman got closer to Henderson, he ended up shoving the linesman. The hit sent Henderson dangerously to the ice right near the boards and he was slow to get up.

With the one angle of video we have, it's hard to know definitively if Wideman was able to see Henderson coming, but it looks like he would have had enough time to avoid the contact. Instead, it ends up looking like a pretty violent shove.

Wideman is a veteran of 755 NHL games. Henderson has been in the league for 22 years. It's kind of hard to believe this happened. Also, though Wideman was shaken up on the previous hit, he did continue playing in the game.

What will be interesting to see is how the league views this collision. There was no penalty on the play. Had Henderson felt that was intentional, Rule 40.1 calls for an automatic game misconduct. Without the penalty, there may be no supplemental discipline, however the league can suspend a player up to 10 games for deliberately applying physical force to an official in any manner. That is, if they feel Wideman's actions were deliberate.

The most recent example of a suspension of a player for abuse of officials was Daniel Carcillo, who received a 10-game suspension for shoving a linesman while being escorted to the penalty box, during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs while with the New York Rangers. That suspension was later reduced to six games upon appeal.

This will be an interesting one to watch.

UPDATE: Here are Wideman's comments following the game:

Wideman is already getting killed in the court of public opinion on this one. The league will be taking an especially long look at this you'd have to think. They need to protect their officials and will bring punishment if they feel it is warranted in this case. We'll have more updates as they become available.

Dennis Wideman put linesman Don Henderson on the ice with this shove. (Sportsnet)
Dennis Wideman put linesman Don Henderson on the ice with this shove. (Sportsnet)