Red Wings rookie Smith given five-game suspension by NHL
Defenseman Brendan Smith will sit out Detroit's first five regular season games
Smith got a match penalty Wed. for a shoulder to the head of Chicago's Ben Smith
He will also miss Detroit's last three preseason games and forfeit $23,648 in salary
The NHL said Friday that Brendan Smith would also miss the last three games of the preseason and forfeit $23,648 in salary.
His shoulder struck Ben Smith in the head in the third period of Wednesday's exhibition, knocking him out of the game. Brendan Smith received a match penalty.
Brendan Smith, a first-round pick in 2007 who joined Detroit's AHL affiliate last season, will have his NHL regular-season debut pushed back until at least Oct. 22 against the Capitals. Ben Smith had three goals in seven playoff games for the Blackhawks last season.
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