Predators’ Colton Sissons avoids suspension for Game 5 match penalty

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Predators center Colton Sissons won’t be suspended for Sunday’s potentially series-deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL ruled, after he received a match penalty in Game 5 for his face-high cross-check of Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.
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The decision came after the league’s Department of Player Safety reviewed Sissons’ cross-check inside the final minute of Thursday night’s 6-0 win by the Penguins. The match penalty triggered an automatic review, per NHL rules.

Now the Pedators, down 3-2 in the series, will have Sissons, key given that Nashville forwards Ryan Johansen and Kevin Fiala are out with injuries.
Michael Raffl (Philadelphia Flyers-$2.35 million): Raffl scored 21 goals three seasons ago, but was hurt much of last season. Can be a good, hard-working top-nine forward. Other Flyers considered: G Michal Neuvirth and RW Matt Read.

Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins-$640,000): The 25 year-old Rust is a hard-working two-time Stanley Cup winner with a penchant for scoring the big goal. In 46 career playoff games he has 13 goals. He also scored 15 goals in 58 games during the 2016-17 regular season. There are plenty of good options to choose from here, but Rust is the pick, and an affordable one, too. Other Penguins considered: G Marc-Andre Fleury, LW Carl Hagelin and D Ian Cole.

Lee Stempniak (Carolina Hurricanes-$2.5 million): Pack your bags again Lee! Sitting on 200 career goals, Stempniak has already played for ten teams, producing consistently along the way. And if he produces in Vegas, there’s a good chance he is someone’s trade deadline pick up…..again. Other ‘Canes considered: G Cam Ward, G Eddie Lack and LW Joakim Nordstrom.

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