Devils defenseman Mike Mottau was suspended for two games by the NHL today for his hit on the Islanders Frans Nielsen in the third period of Friday night's game.
Mottau had a noon conference call hearing with the NHL.
He did not accompany the team on its flight to Tampa Bay today and will miss Sunday's game against the Lightning and Wednesday's game at Florida. Mottau will forfeit $8,198.92 in salary for the two games missed. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Nielsen suffered injuries to his right knee and head from the hit. Mottau was assessed a two-minute minor for elbowing.
Center John Madden will miss his second game in a row Sunday because of a bruised left ankle and also did not accompany the team on its flight to Tampa this afternoon.
With both Madden and Mottau out, the Devils will probably call someone up from Lowell for Sunday's game.