from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
It is a trend the Red Wings are happy to buck.
While fighting continues long trend of decline in the NHL, the Wings believe occasional fisticuffs unite a roster in transition and makes it tougher to play.
In a previous era, when bigger, slower players were allowed by rules and their enforcement to clutch and grab, brute force established space. Now, comparatively smaller, fleet-of-foot players dash around open ice, deploying their skills.
Increasingly, in recent years, teams seek pace, not muscle.