Preds' Austin Watson's Suspension Reduced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Predators' Austin Watson' suspension has been reduced to 18 games instead of 27.

A statement was issued by the team Thursday:

"Our organization was not involved in the appeal of Austin Watson's 27-game suspension, but we are aware of its reduction to 18 games. As previously stated, our focus has and will continue to be the health and well-being of Austin and his family."

Watson pled no contest in July to misdemeanor domestic assault and was suspended by the National Hockey League for unacceptable off-ice conduct.

Watson was charged in June after allegedly pushing his girlfriend and "inflicting marks on her” during an argument at a Shell gas station on Murfreesboro Road. 

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