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Sabres’ Eichel, Flyers’ Voracek facing hearings after Saturday hits

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety will be busy on Sunday. Forwards Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers will be asked to explain their actions in their respective games on Saturday after two massive hits. Eichel’s came in the second period of a 3-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. He and Carl Soderberg were chasing down a loss puck in the neutral zone when Eichel took his shoulder and laid it square into Soderberg’s chin, forcing the latter to leave the game temporarily. Eichel was given a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on the play, which can be seen here around the one-minute mark: Eichel had enough, he admitted after the game. Nikita Zadorov drilled him in the fi ...