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Kaleta suspension 2 games and counting as hearing pushed back to Tuesday

By Mike Harrington

CHICAGO -- The long arm of NHL law corraled Patrick Kaleta again late Friday night as the Buffalo Sabres winger has been suspended pending a hearing from the league for a hit to the head of Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson during Thursday's game in First Niagara Center.

Kaleta was initially scheduled to have a hearing with the league Friday afternoon but it has been pushed back to an in-person meeting Tuesday while the Sabres are in New York to face the Islanders.

Kaleta will not play until his case is heard, thus he is out for Saturday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks in United Center and Monday's home game against Minnesota. As I pointed out today, an in-person hearing means Kaleta is likely looking at a ban of at least five games. This is his fourth suspension since 2009.  

Former Blackhawk John Scott will likely return to the lineup in Kaleta's spot and get to face his former team.

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