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Kassian to have hearing for actions in Oilers game

Forward facing discipline for kicking Lightning defenseman Cernak @NHLdotcom

Zack Kassian will have a phone hearing Friday with the NHL Department of Player Safety after waiving his right to an in-person hearing.

The Edmonton Oilers forward is facing discipline for kicking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak on Thursday. The incident occurred with 2:22 left in the first period of the Lightning's 3-1 win at Amalie Arena. Kassian was not penalized.

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

Kassian was suspended two games on Jan. 13 for serving as the aggressor in an altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Jan. 11.

According to the NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement, a player has the right to an in-person hearing if facing a disciplinary suspension of at least six games.

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