Shouldn't those have come down before today's game (if there had been any)?
Not always...the AHL has a rule that players cannot be suspended for games played on a day after a team's morning skate is held (there's an actual time written in their rule, I think it's 11am but I'm far from certain of that), so if there was a decision made after that deadline the suspensions wouldn't be announced publicly until later for the next game played. The team would be told beforehand about the pending suspension and could decide to have the player serve that suspension right away, but even if they have players healthy and not playing they could "stay" its implementation until after that day's game.
Had any player gotten a match penalty Saturday, which results in automatic suspension until the play is reviewed, they would have been considered suspended until the AHL informs the team the length of suspension or if the match penalty is rescinded which can (and frequently does) happen after a team holds its morning skate. That player would be immediately eligible.
The idea behind that is so no team gets caught having to play shorthanded. But the rule is worded so they could play with 17 skaters is they choose to.
Edit X2...Link may not be dead, it might work for folks that don't click on T&G links very often. They have a limit on '"freebies"...
The link is not broken now.
It seems that Portland's coach stole a pizza from the DCU media dining room last year and there was that huge brawl after the game incident. That was a nasty brawl last year and the Sharks were definitely an intense team. I forgot that it was Portland in that game last season. It all makes sense now. Hopefully we will see fair fights Friday.