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Ryan Johansen avoids discipline for high hit on Marc-Edouard Vlasic

The Predator won’t be hearing from the Department of Player Safety.

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Per Kevin Kurz of The Athletic, the Nashville Predator forward will not see any supplementary discipline following his high hit on Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic on Wednesday night.

Here are two views of the hit:

In slow motion, it does appear that Johansen intentionally turned his shoulder, to make Vlasic’s head the point of contact, versus a clean shoulder-to-shoulder hit. In real time, though, those determinations are harder to make. Johansen served a two-minute minor penalty for the play. Later in the game, the Sharks’ captain, Joe Pavelski, would fight Johansen, in Pavelski’s fifth career fight.

After the hit, Vlasic was assisted off the ice and did not return for the remainder of the game. There’s no update on Vlasic at the moment, though it’s certain he’s going through concussion protocols.

Losing Vlasic would be a huge blow to a team that has pulled together one of the best defense groups they’ve seen in awhile. Paul Martin is still out while recovering from an off-season ankle surgery and Dylan DeMelo has resumed his role as a seventh defender after Joakim Ryan and Tim Heed made a splash in a big way in the Sharks’ line-up. If Vlasic is out, Martin or DeMelo could shake up an already successful formula.