Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 5/20/12

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Brandon Prust #8 of the New York Rangers fights with Andrew Peters #25 of the New Jersey Devils during their game on February 6, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The National Hockey League, as advised by VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan, will be conducting a disciplinary hearing with New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust this morning. That hearing will be in response to Prust's elbow to the back of the head of New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov, which went unnoticed by the officials early in the second period of Saturday's Game 3 at the Prudential Center.

The general consensus here is that Prust will be handed a suspension for his reckless decision, otherwise Shanahan's basis of holding a hearing would be nonexistent in the first place. The question becomes just how long will the Rangers be without their bottom six grinder and how will the League compare and contrast this incident to others that have occurred throughout these Stanley Cup Playoffs? 

Two things work in Prust's favor: there was no malice intent on his part and he is not a repeat offender by any circumstance. 

On the contrary, two things also work against him: he's a New York Ranger and he also got away with bumping Martin Brodeur quite a few times in Game 3. 

At this point, the League's biased feelings against the Rangers can be publicly stated without accusation of conspiracy theory, since there's no theorizing still involved - it's all fact. And you also cannot deny the fact that the NHL does its best to protect a veteran and future Hall of Fame inductee in Martin Brodeur. 

Neither should factor into the final decision, but the truth of the matter is that the NHL is nowehre near perfect and will be heavily conidering both.  

Here's another look at the elbow:

 

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Chiefs make Eric Berry highest-paid safety in NFL

London club explains why Mark Ingram, Saints were turned away at door

Adrian Peterson says he is open to Vikings return, will explore other options

Report: Judge ‘pleased with progress’ of Johnny Manziel

Draymond Green: 76ers are going to be ‘really, really, really good’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bill Polian wouldn't put Terrell Owens or Randy Moss in Hall Of Fame

Report: Free agent wide receivers want to play with Carson Wentz

NFL has plans to put microchips in footballs in 2017

A San Diego storm has turned Petco Park into a lake

Top eight storylines for NFL Scouting Combine

Mike D’Antoni calls out Rockets for being ‘soft’ again

Box Score 2/28: Fat Tuesday means athletes on floats.

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in Major League Baseball

The best sports movies available to stream right now

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in the 1980s

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

It's time for Satchel Paige Day in MLB

The best sports movies available to stream right now

Biggest surprises and disappointments of the NBA season

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season since 2000

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker