MONTREAL -- The Buffalo Sabres got a break from the long arm of the NHL law and will have Benoit Pouliot in the lineup when they meet the Montreal Canadiens tonight in Bell Centre.
After a phone hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety ruled there would be no supplemental discipline for Pouliot in the wake of what it initially termed an illegal check to the head against Florida defenseman Keith Yandle late in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers in KeyBank Center.
We have determined there will be no supplemental discipline for Benoit Pouliot. After a thorough review of all available angles and a hearing today with Pouliot, it was determined that the head was not the main point of contact.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 11, 2017
Pouliot was not penalized for the play, which occurred with 2:15 left in the third period. The hit knocked Yandle's helmet off his head.
High hit by Pouliot on Yandle...no call: pic.twitter.com/dLH0uA06wy
— Cats On The Prowl (@Cats0ntheprowl) November 11, 2017
Pouliot has five goals and two assists in 16 games for the Sabres this season, with all of his goals coming over the last eight games.
With tonight's game on a back-to-back, the Sabres are not skating today in Bell Centre. Coach Phil Housley will update the media in the 4:45 range this afternoon.