Blues need Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri suspended for soiled hits: “the man cannot management himself”

Nazim Kadri added another over-the-line hit to his résumé on Wednesday night.

In the Avalanche’s 6-3 win over the Blues, Kadri hit St. Louis defender Justin Faulk high and hard. He was given a five-minute major for the hit and game misconduct while Faulk got out after a cold.

This was definitely a dirty hit from Kadri, and it’s not the first time he’s doing something like this. When he was with the Maple Leafs in 2018 and 2019, Kadri was suspended for hits against the Bruins in two consecutive postseason series. The first time he saw a three-game ban on boarding Tommy Wingels. A year later, he was banned from the final five Leafs Bruins series games for reviewing Jake DeBrusk.

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Given the story of Kadri, the Blues are hoping the Avalanche striker will receive his sixth career suspension.

“The guy can’t control himself,” said Blues Center Brayden Schenn on ESPN. “He’s a repeat offender in the playoffs. Bad hits. Greasy hits. He had a man in a vulnerable position and he picked nothing but the head.”

And blues captain Ryan O’Reilly repeated Schenn’s views after the game.

“It’s a very dangerous hit. It has to be a suspension,” said O’Reilly. “He’s a repeat offender. It’s totally inappropriate. It’s horrible to see.”

We’ll see what the league does soon, but in all likelihood the Avalanche, who are 2-0 in the series, will have to try to send off the blues without Kadri.

And they could be without him any longer, given his troubling history of playoff antics.

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