- According to the New York Times, “4 players have been suspended, and 724 penalty minutes have been assessed, including 158 in Sunday’s chaotic game between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.” This was all accumulated before Monday night. This was also covered in a previous post.
- The Philadelphia Flyers are use to this type of action. In “the regular season they led the NHL in total penalties (472) and penalty minutes (1,318). They also had the third-most major penalties (58) and tied for the third-most fighting majors (57).”
- These wrestling matches against the two teams have generated a “2.3 rating — which equates to about 2.7 million U.S. households — also was the most watched since NBC retained the rights to NHL games in 2006.”
- Also, and as stated before, “the players voted 99.5% to 0.5% to NOT ban fighting.”
- The St. Louis Blues have been out of the playoffs for awhile. In fact, “the Blues won their first postseason road game since 2003, snapping an eight-game skid.”
- Also, the Blues haven’t had a “playoff victory since April 12, 2004 against the Sharks.”
- Even further back, the New York Rangers “enter the Stanley Cup playoffs as a No. 1 seed in the East [for the first time since 1994].”