Washington Capitals right winger Tom Wilson could face a suspension of six or more games for a blindside hit to the head of St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist during a preseason game on Sunday.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced in a tweet Sunday night that it has offered Wilson an in-person hearing for the infraction, which earned him a 10-minute penalty during the game. That means the league is considering a suspension of six-plus games.

Blues coach Mike Yeo said Sundqvist is “not good” and called the hit “predatory.”

St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist (70), of Sweden, is tended to by a trainer after he was checked by Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson, not seen, during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Washington. Also seen are Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (29), St. Louis Blues left wing Mackenzie MacEachern (62) and St. Louis Blues right wing Dmitrij Jaskin (23), of Russia. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

“I’d be surprised if he didn’t miss a decent amount of time,” Yeo said of Sundqvist.

The Capitals did not make Wilson available to reporters after the game.

St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist, second from left, is helped off the ice by right wing Dmitrij Jaskin (23) and defenseman Vince Dunn (29) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game after he was checked by Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Wilson, who signed a six-year, $31 million contract in July to remain with Washington, has a history of throwing dangerous checks. He was suspended for three games during the Stanley Cup playoffs for a check to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins center Zach Aston-Reese that broke his jaw and caused a concussion.

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Source: The Associated Press

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