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Video: Will dirty hits continue to go down?

John Moore

Minnesota Wild’s Erik Haula, bottom, holds his head after being hit by New York Rangers’ John Moore (17) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in New York. Moore was given a match penalty for the hit. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


Earlier this week, PHT’s Jason Brough and Mike Halford wondered whether an early drop in hits is a matter of luck or a sign of the future. During the first intermission of tonight’s Detroit Red Wings - Washington Capitals game, Mike Milbury and Bob McKenzie engaged in a fascinating discussion on that same subject.

Milbury, in particular, seems unconvinced that we’ve seen big changes (even if suspensions are down in October).

Here’s a quick look at how this month compares to October 2013:

Sheer luck or not, at least it’s an optimistic start to the 2014-15 campaign.

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