In the NHL we have had an uptick in fights this year. For years it had been declining steadily and now we have this rise. This is in large part due to the fact that we have teams playing only in their divisions and playing the same guys so frequently creates some emotional games.
It’s like mini playoff series all season long. With the increase in these fights we normally see more people held accountable for their borderline hits. Right now we are at a crossroad where the hits are happening, and the fights are coming shortly after.
Soon we will probably see less questionable hits, or a decrease in fights. All I can say is I am glad they are increasing, and if they continue to increase and the NHL gets rid of the instigator rule, player safety will go up!