Blues forward Maxim Lapierre is headed to New York for a meeting with the NHL's Department of Player Safety following his hit on San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle.

In the first period of the Sharks' 6-2 win over the Blues Tuesday Lapierre pushed Boyle face-first into the dasher-board knocking him unconscious. Boyle was placed on a stretcher taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital and stayed overnight for observations.

On Wednesday morning Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com tweeted a text from Boyle which read: "I'm doing OK thank you for your concern and support. Means a lot to me.... Hope to be back soon."

Lapierre may not be back soon. He received a five-minute major for checking from behind five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct for the hit.

On Wednesday the Post-Dispatch confirmed that the NHL has informed Lapierre of its request for an in-person hearing in New York. According to a report by Renaud Lavoie of RDS the hearing has been scheduled for Friday and Lapierre will be in attendance.

The fact that the league has requested an in-person hearing means that Lapierre could receive as much as a six-game suspension and possibly more. Under terms of the NHL's collective-bargaining agreement players facing a suspension of zero to five games are offered phone hearings.

Rule 18.9 in the CBA states: "If the preliminary review that a suspension of six (6) or more games may be appropriate and/or further investigation is required an in-person hearing will be conducted..."