Watson Suspended 27 Games

Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse.

N-H-L commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension after an investigation and a hearing with Watson last week.

Watson, a former Windsor Spitfire pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June.

The N-H-L-P-A says it will appeal the suspension.