Top 10 NHL Fights Of 2016-2017 Season

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Published on : February 3, 2017


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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SBS Octagon: Slap Shot vs The Mighty Ducks

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Published on : June 1, 2016



Welcome to the SBS Octagon, a fictional battle space reserved for hypothetical contests featuring characters from literature, film, television or any other made up source. Think the Danger Room from X Men. This a place where we can stack any opponents against each other for our own enjoyment. Haven’t you ever wondered who would win in a game of H-O-R-S-E between Jimmy from Hoosiers and Jesus Shuttlesworth from He Got Game? Well, that is exactly what the SBS Octagon is for.


In our inaugural installment, we turn our focus to the ice. A war pulled from the scenes of some of our most beloved hockey movies. Who would win in a fight? The wild Hanson brothers from Slap Shot or the full team from the original The Mighty Ducks? I’m talking an on-ice hockey brawl in full pads. Let’s jump in the SBS Octagon and see how these two squads measure up.



flying v


This is the Ducks’ biggest advantage other than their sheer numbers. They may be young, but these kids can move. Every single member is better than the best Hanson Brother on skates. This edge in speed and mobility is critical to surviving the war ahead. We all know the “Flying V” technique, and the scrappy Ducks are going to need that and other maneuvers that highlight their sound skating. The brains behind the Ducks is former alcoholic turned kids coach, Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez). He is named after two different brands of gin. That’s good screenwriting.



hanson bros


I don’t think this is much of a surprise to anyone. The Hanson Brothers are pure brutes. Toughness is the one thing these guys have in spades, other than scars and Rush albums. The Mighty Ducks do have their own enforcer in Fulton Reed, but he is way outclassed here. I’m also letting the Ducks have their coach for the fight. So that’s 14 versus 3. And the Hansons are still the clear favorites. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that these psychos live to brawl and that they wrap their knuckles in tin foil. What badasses.


Who wins?

Out of the gate, the Hanson Brothers stay clumped together. They seek out Bombay and Fulton first. A few quick hits and the Ducks numbers drop fast. They realize they will just get picked off one at a time unless they do something. They form the Flying V and charge the Hansons. Using their sticks, they take out one brother with a vicious series of slashes and knuckle pucks, but the other two retreat and split up. Now two groups of six hunt each brother. The Ducks incircle them but since they are basically children: they lack the killer instinct. The brothers pounce in this moment. Brutal bare knuckle destruction. Teeth and blood litter the ice. It’s gory but at least one Hanson is left standing, so they are the WINNER!


Tune in next time to see which of your favorite sports icons step into the SBS Octagon: the place where all arguments are settled.





Isles Sweep Rangers, But Who’s The Real Loser?

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Published on : April 9, 2016


As a avid New York Rangers fan, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the Islanders sweeping the Rangers for the first time in franchise history is ever a good thing. But, when you look at the current playoff picture, it might be the lesser of two evils.


Thursday night, the Rangers dropped the fourth and final contest of the regular season to the Islanders by a score of 4-1. With that loss, it puts the Rangers in the first wild card spot. As the standings are now, that would match up the Rangers against the Florida Panthers in Round 1 of the playoffs. Given how dangerous the Metro Division is with the Penguins and the Capitals, it might not be the worst thing ever to play through the Atlantic Division. There are still a few variables in this playoff equation, so we’ll see how it all plays out.


Rangers Isles 2


As far as the game itself, the Rangers played a far better game then the score would lead you to believe. If the Rangers play like they did against the Isles, they are going to be in very good shape for Game 1. The Rangers pretty much dominated the scoreless first period in terms of possession.


With the Rangers unable to move up any further in the standings, there was really no point in playing Henrik Lundqvist Thursday night. Evidently, he was pulled after the second period after letting up 3 goals on 16 shots. The Rangers playoff spot is guaranteed, and like I said its not necessarily a bad thing if the Rangers were to move down in the standings.


Rangers Isles 3


From a fans perspective, the Rangers already dropped 3/4 games to the Fishsticks anyway, so there really wasn’t that much at stake in terms of bragging rights during Thursday night’s game. For me, all I really wanted was to see McIlrath and Martin finally drop the gloves.


Rangers Islanders



No Ranger fan wants to say it, especially against the Islanders, but we’re kinda okay with Thursday night’s loss. As far as the sweep goes, yeah it’s disappointing but were always going to be New York’s team. No sweep is really going to change that. So have your laughs now Fishstick fans, because it wont last for long.


The Rangers play their season finale against the Red Wings Saturday afternoon at MSG.





Tanner Glass Is Ready To Fight Wayne Simmonds

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Published on : February 10, 2016



As many of you know, this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. And while couples across the country will be exchanging chocolates and roses, it seems that Tanner Glass and Wayne Simmonds will be exchanging punches.



This past Saturday, the Flyers hosted the Rangers in a matinee game that the Blueshirts would go on to win in a shootout. But in good ol’ Rangers/Flyers tradition, it didn’t happen without incident…



Now that Ryan McDonagh is “day-to-day’ with a concussion, Ranger’s enforcer, Tanner Glass, thinks it’s time for Simmonds to answer for his actions



I’m glad that Glass is stepping up and making it known that the Rangers aren’t going to allow things like this. Players are going to think twice before taking a run at star players if they know that Glass is there to hold them accountable. I wouldn’t be surprised if McIlrath tries to drop the gloves with Simmonds too. I can just picture Glass and McIlrath flipping a coin in the locker room before the game to see who gets to fight him.


Glass and Simmonds are no strangers to each other though. They fought once before back in 2013:



If Sunday’s tilt is anything like that fight, then we are in for a treat. And Simmonds really has no choice but to fight Glass now. Once it’s in the media, it’s a done deal.


P.S. I would be pretty scared to drop the gloves with someone who fights bears:




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