Ten years down the line, fighting may not longer be a part of the game of hockey; that's probably for the best. As a result, there has been a wave of recent research with regards to how fighting impacts hockey games. Can it really change momentum? Can it lead to goals? Is momentum even a thing? Along with a few Georgetown University peers as a part of the Georgetown Sports Analysis Business Research organization, I contributed to this article which looks at every fight from the 2012-2013 season, and catalogues how winning or losing a fight might impact the score of a game. For anyone interested in the subject it is well worth a read.
I also looked in particular at the smaller sample of data that is the Canadiens 2012-2013 season. Here are some of the numbers I uncovered:
- 48 games, 24 fights.
- According to hockeyfights.com, 12 wins and 12 losses
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