Flyers’ Brandon Manning could face discipline for hit on Penguins’ Jake Guentzel

A discipline hearing has been set for Brandon Manning.

The Flyers defenseman is scheduled to meet with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday morning, following his crushing hit on Penguins rookie forward Jake Guentzel during Saturday’s NHL Stadium Series game at Heinz Field.

Manning rocked Guentzel with what appeared to be a high head check during the second period of Philadelphia’s loss to Pittsburgh in the outdoor showdown.

No penalty was assessed on the questionable play.

Guentzel, who finished with two assists and has 14 points in his first 23 games with the Penguins, stayed in the game and didn’t appear to be injured. Nonetheless, Manning likely won’t be able to avoid suspension, especially after delivering controversial hits in the past.

Laine has shown a goal-scoring ability not often displayed by rookies. This season he became the first rookie with three hat tricks in a season since Teemu Selanne and Eric Lindros in 1992-93.

Matthews, meanwhile, is leading the Maple Leafs on a tremendous turnaround. Toronto finished last in the NHL a year ago; now it’s in the playoffs.

It’s a close call, but I’m leaning toward Matthews because he has his team in the playoffs. Laine and Jets missed the playoffs by a lot.

Martin Hanzal, C ( Signed with Stars ) The big, 6-6 centerman is hardly a sexy addition, but he was traded for a first-round pick at last season’s deadline. Hanzal, 30, is affordable at $4.75 million over the next three years and provides additional depth down the middle for the Stars. Can never have too much of that.

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Will Dodgers, Marlins feud carry over to Saturday?

The benches cleared in the ninth inning Friday night in Los Angeles after Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling threw a pitch behind Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton.

In the middle of the scrum, Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren could be seen heatedly arguing, possibly about that pitch, or the fact Miami reliever A.J. Ramos had hit outfielder Brett Eibner with a pitch in the eighth inning. Or both.

The incident led to the ejection of Stripling, Mattingly and Geren. After the Dodgers finished out a 7-2 win, everyone wondered the obvious: Will the bad blood between the two teams carry over into the rest of the weekend series?

Who knows? You never know what happens, Mattingly told reporters, via MLB.com. It should be something that’s over. I don’t see it really carrying over or there being any reason. They got hit, they throw a ball behind Stanton, they swing 3-0, whatever they do, whatever happens at that point, just move on.

But when reaching to grab the base, his left thumb became lodged against the bag. Trout immediately shook his left hand and did remain in the game before being replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters Monday that surgery is an option for Trout, who heads to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Should the Angels elect for surgery, the timetable for a return to the lineup is 5-8 weeks but he could be back sooner.

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