A Preseason Like We Remember
The NHL lockout last year wiped out the preseason. Teams only played intraconference games — until the Stanley Cup Finals.
The 2011-12 preseason was tame in comparison to seasons before it. All the numbers were lower than in years past.
This September we saw players fighting for their jobs, teams playing teams they hadn’t in 18+ months. What we had is a regular preseason. Maybe still a little tame, but a couple of big events — and some new rules — made this one stand out.
Odds and ends
There were 100 fights in 104 games, almost a fight a game. That’s over double the average regular season game, looking at the past ten years.
The Washington Capitals led the preseason in fighting majors — and — had two more fighting majors than they did in the shortened 2012-13 season.