There was a couple of big matchups in the NHL last night with playoff implications, however it's another ugly incident that's stealing headlines. 

Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian is going to have an in person hearing today with the NHL Department of Player Safety after using his skate as a weapon. 

Kassian kicked Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak in the chest with his skate on purpose. 

An in person hearing means that the NHL has opportunity to suspend Kassian six or more games. 

Kassian said it was just reactionary and he was trying to free himself up. 

"He was holding my leg, it was reactionary," he told Sportsnet's Mark Spector. "I was just trying to get him off me, kick him off me. I was just trying to get my foot loose

"If I kicked him hard, I think he would have flew back or the ref would have called a penalty," he continued. "I was trying to get off and pull my leg off. He was holding me and (teammate Josh Archibald) down. I didn't even know where the puck was (and) I was trying to pull my leg up and get up."

While Cernak said it's clear it's not something you do on the ice and he's just lucky he didnt't kick him higher. 

"I think he was a little bit mad," the Lightning blue-liner told reporters, including The Athletic's Joe Smith. "I asked him what was wrong with him, because that’s not the right play. (That's not) what to do on the ice. He didn’t say (anything). So I don’t know. Lucky it wasn’t higher."

Check out the full sequence below, how long do you think he'll be suspended for?