St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke is facing a lengthy suspension after his knee-on-knee hit against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie in game three of the teams' first-round playoff series on Monday night.
Cooke will face an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday afternoon, something that happens if a player faces a suspension of six games or more.
Cooke stuck out his left knee near the offensive blue line and hit Barrie's left leg, sending the player tumbling to the ice near the Minnesota Wild bench. Colorado head coach Patrick Roy said following the game that Barrie has a sprained medial collateral ligament and will miss four to six weeks.
The in-person hearing is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. CT in New York, with game four of the first-round series not scheduled until Thursday.