10/09/2013 12:51 EDT | Updated 12/09/2013 05:12 EST

Sharks' Brad Stuart to have hearing for elbow on Nash

Brad Stuart might be headed back to the sideline after making his NHL season debut Tuesday night.

The San Jose Sharks defenceman has a telephone hearing with the league’s department of player safety Wednesday following an elbowing incident with New York Rangers forward Rick Nash.

Stuart was penalized for elbowing at 2:32 of the first period after hitting Nash inside the Rangers blue-line. Video of the game shows Stuart did make contact with Nash’s head but it isn’t clear an elbow did the damage.

Nash stayed in the game and played five minutes 53 seconds of the first period but didn’t return to start the second.

“I have a headache,” he said after the game. “It got worse. It was a head shot. I’m concerned the way it feels.”

Last season, Nash suffered a concussion and missed four games after Boston forward Milan Lucic hit him.

Tuesday’s contest was the first for Stuart, who missed the entire pre-season and San Jose’s first two games with an injury.