The season is just getting underway, but already a significant number of players have been sidelined with scary injuries due to some reckless hits on the ice.

While injuries are a part of the game, Sportsnet’s John Shannon fears the big hits are becoming a part of the game plan for some players as an “act of survival” to keep up with the speed of the game. Repeat offenders are also a concern for the NHL, but he believes the increased suspensions will hopefully keep “predatory” types of players off the ice permanently.

Check out the above video to hear more from Shannon on Big Bad Bruins Live, presented by DCU.