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Zack Kassian will serve the first game of his suspension Tuesday night when the Edmonton Oilers host the Nashville Predators.

Kassian has been suspended for two games under Rule 46.2 (Aggressor), the league said in a statement Monday evening. "To me those were two risky hits".

Others took issue with Kassian, saying the National Hockey League deemed the hits clean and he's a big player who can dish out checks but perhaps can't take them.

"After speaking with (George) Parros, he explained that the hits weren't dirty so that gave me some clarity on what you can and can't do", said Kassian, who had a phone hearing with the head of the NHL's Player Safety Department.

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"He messed with the wrong guy", Kassian said.

With Kassian out of the lineup, Josh Archibald will play on the line with Connor McDavid and James Neal. I don't think he realizes we're in the same division. "If he wants to react like that, we'll take the power play, we'll take the game victor and we'll move on in first place". "If [Kassian] was a different type of player, maybe [I would have]". I'm glad people have my back. "But if you play big-boy hockey, you're going to have to answer the bell every once in a while". But if the suspension had been longer, he'd have accepted it. The punishment was 14 penalty minutes - resulting in Calgary's winning goal - and a pair of games in the press box, courtesy of National Hockey League senior vice-president of player safety George Parros.

Asked if, given the chance, he'd have handled the situation differently, Kassian's response was as blunt as it gets. The Montreal game, we were lose.

"I'll sit and do my time".

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