Boulton Drops Murray, Who’s Statistically OK
There was one other bought last night. The Red Wings fought again, and Jonathan Ericsson clearly skated off the winner over the always-willing Derek Dorsett. Three teams still have one fighting major: the Canadiens, Islanders and Capitals. I'll take an easy guess that the Isles won't remain on the bottom of the team FM list for long.
Risk of injury "pretty damn low"
There's little reason for me to add commentary to this. Anyone who's been watching fights for years can tell you there are bad incidents from time to time, but that's not where injuries come from. From the National Post:
David Milzman is an emergency medicine physician, professor at Georgetown and Washington Hospital Center and the ER doctor on site at Washington Capitals home games.
"The fights aren't causing the concussions," he says in an interview. "I can say that without a doubt."
Dr. Milzman's observations are not just limited to anecdotes. He and a group of researchers have been studying NHL fights - literally watching slow-motion replays of every exchange of punches in the league last season - and they believe they have statistical evidence to back up his assertions. They documented 710 fights in 1,239 pre-season and regular-season games, and counted 17 injuries, for a rate of 1.12% per combatant per fight. His top-line conclusion: the risk of injury from a hockey fight is "pretty damn low."
Derek Dorsett vs Jonathan Ericsson Oct 21, 2011
Douglas Murray vs Eric Boulton Oct 21, 2011
Paul Gaustad vs Matt Bradley Oct 20, 2011
Jordin Tootoo vs Aaron Volpatti Oct 20, 2011
Colin Wilson vs Maxim Lapierre Oct 20, 2011
Kevin Westgarth vs Paul Bissonnette Oct 20, 2011
Brad Staubitz vs Ben Eager Oct 20, 2011
Kris Newbury vs Cory Sarich Oct 20, 2011
Michael Rupp vs Tim Jackman Oct 20, 2011
Colton Orr vs Shawn Thornton Oct 20, 2011