NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Edmonton Oilers will be without defenceman Keith Aulie for the next two games.
The National Hockey League's department of player safety announced Thursday that Aulie has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head of Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan.
The incident occurred at 19:05 of the first period of Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames. Aulie was assessed a match penalty on the play.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and based on his average annual salary, Aulie will forfeit US$8,602.16.
Aulie will miss Friday's game against Colorado and Sunday's game against the New York Islanders before being eligible to return to Edmonton's lineup Jan. 6 against Detroit.