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Predators’ Ryan Johansen suspended 2 games for high-sticking

January 18, 2019
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) checks Winnipeg Jets defenseman Sami Niku (83), of Finland, into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) checks Winnipeg Jets defenseman Sami Niku (83), of Finland, into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen has received a two-game suspension without pay for high-sticking Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele.

The NHL announced Johansen’s suspension Friday. Johansen committed the penalty Thursday during the first period of the Predators’ 5-1 loss to the Jets.

Johansen will lose $86,021.50 due to the suspension. That money will go to the NHL players’ emergency assistance fund.

The 26-year-old Johansen has eight goals and 34 assists in 49 games this season.

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