Colby Armstrong has been suspended for two games for his hit to the head of Mathieu Perreault last night in Washington. Capitals defenseman John Erskine has not been suspended for his hit to the head of Colby Armstrong in the same game (Erskine was giving a roughing minor on the play).
Armstrong still has a large following in Pittsburgh where he used to play and the fans there will likely be disappointed that he won’t be in the lineup tomorrow afternoon when the Thrashers visit the Penguins. He’ll also miss Tuesday night’s home game against Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils. He’ll be back just in time to face the Capitals again in Washington next Friday.
Chris Vivlamore has some comments form Colby about the hit and suspension. He also reports that Pavel Kubina is doubtful for tomorrow’s game, Evgeny Artyukhin is banged up, and Evander Kane will likely play tomorrow, taking Armstrong’s spot on the roster (though not necessarily the same RW spot on that line).
Tomorrow’s game is a 1pm start and the Thrashers Fan Club is hosting a viewing party at STATS. Check their site for details.