The NHL All-Star game was this past weekend. With a little over half of the season complete, it’s a good time to recap some recent storylines.
Fights per game is at 0.31. That’s in line with the 2014-15 season, sans most enforcers, and slightly above last season’s 0.28 number.
Cody McLeod led the league with 12 fights in the 2015-16 campaign. He’s currently tied for the league lead with Jared Boll at 11, making it likely they’ll surpass last season’s high.
Michael Latta leads the AHL with 7 fights. He may become the first player suspended for the 10 fight rule put into place this season.
Cody Eakin and Chris Kreider fought on January 17th. They also both picked up Gordie Howe Hat Tricks in a high-scoring Dallas Stars New York Rangers contest.
A couple of weeks ago, Cody McLeod was traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Nashville Predators. The Preds then played the Avs the very next day. McLeod fought Jarome Iginla. There was no bad blood from when both donned the same sweater:
“It’s happened in the past where I’ve fought guys I’ve played with,” said McLeod. “We were down 1-0 at the time and kind of sluggish in the second period and I was just trying to provide a spark. I asked Iggy and he obliged, and there you go.”
This was the second time the two have duked it out.
Without further ado, Here are the Top 10 NHL fights of 2016-2017
10. Jordan Nolan vs Jared Boll, Nov. 20, 2016
9. Max Domi vs Ryan Kessler, Nov. 4, 2016
8. Chris Neil vs Cody Bass, Nov. 8, 2016
7. Lawson Crouse vs Chris Stewart, Jan. 19, 2017
6. Josh Anderson vs Chris Stewart & Matt Calvert vs Matt Dumba, Dec. 31, 2016
5. Matt Martin vs Erik Gudbranson, Dec. 3, 2016
4. Miles Wood vs Steve Oleksy, Dec. 23, 2016
3. Michael Healy vs Ryan White, Nov. 19, 2016
2. Luke Gazdic vs Chris Neil, Dec. 19, 2016
1. Adam McQuaid vs Derek Grant, Jan. 12, 2017
Did we miss any fights that hold a special place in your heart? Share in the comments below.
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