I hate to agree with the devil’s advocate here, but Detroit Hockey Now’s Bob Duff is probably right in his assessment of what will happen to Dylan Larkin after this play:
Certainly, Larkin and the Red Wings will be seeking to defend his actions by pointing out what he went through last season. Cross-checked in the neck by Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn in an April game, Larkin missed the remainder of the season and spent much of his sumer rehabbing a serious neck injury.
Still, the league frowns on frontier justice. Larkin can expect a suspension will be coming his way. However, the mitigating circumstances and his clean sheet in terms of previous disciplinary incidents should conspire in keeping his punishment to a light sentence.
A one-game suspension seems about right.
If there is one suspension, there should be two in my opinion, but Larkin is likely to get tagged here.