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Mike Hoffman will have hearing for cross-checking Logan Couture

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced that Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman will face a hearing for his cross-check on San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture from Wednesday night.

While the league didn’t specify in its official announcement, it will be a telephone hearing for Hoffman, according to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie. (An in-person hearing would imply that a heavier punishment might be likely.)

It likely helps Hoffman’s cause that he’s never been suspended by the NHL.

Plenty of fans, especially those of the Senators, are unhappy that Hoffman might face supplemental discipline while Marc-Edouard Vlasic may not for his spear on Erik Karlsson (which Karlsson called a “pitchfork to the face”).

There’s some hate brewing between these teams, but they won’t meet again in the regular season.