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Rinaldo to have phone hearing for unsuspecting punch Wednesday

Coyotes forward could be penalized for actions against Avalanche defenseman Girard @NHLdotcom

Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo has waived his right to an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a punch to unsuspecting opponent, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard, during a game at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

A telephone hearing will be conducted Wednesday.

At 8:52 of the second period, Rinaldo punched Girard and was assessed a match penalty. He also was penalized at the same time for a fight with Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: punch to an unsuspecting opponent. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

The Avalanche won the game 6-2.

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