Who Leads the NHL in Penalty Minutes This Year?

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Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj (72) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn.
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BetMGM Staff @BETMGM Jan 30, 2023, 9:45 AM

Hockey isn’t all about scoring goals and racking up assists.

Teams often need enforcers who play a physical brand of hockey and arent afraid to drop the gloves.

Here’s a list of who leads the league in penalty minutes this season.

Who Leads the NHL in Penalty Minutes This Year?

Player Team Penalty Minutes
Arber Xhekaj Montreal Canadiens 92
Nicolas Deslauriers Philadelphia Flyers 89
Matthew Tkachuk Florida Panthers 74
Brandon Montour Florida Panthers 73
Max Comtois Anaheim Ducks 70
Brady Tkachuk Ottawa Senators 68
Mathieu Olivier Columbus Blue Jackets 68
Luke Schenn Vancouver Canucks 67
Travis Konecny Philadelphia Flyers 65
Pat Maroon Tampa Bay Lightning 65
Rasmus Dahlin Buffalo Sabres 64
Mason Marchment Dallas Stars 64
Tanner Jeannot Nashville Predators 64
Chris Wideman Montreal Canadiens 61
Ryan Lomberg Florida Panthers 59
Jacob Middleton Minnesota Wild 59
A.J. Greer Boston Bruins 59
Michael Bunting Toronto Maple Leafs 58
Max Domi Chicago Blackhawks 58
Mason Shaw Minnesota Wild 58
Brenden Dillon Winnipeg Jets 57
Trevor Zegras Anaheim Ducks 56
Scott Mayfield New York Islanders 56
Austin Watson Ottawa Senators 56
Andrei Svechnikov Carolina Hurricanes 55

Another entertaining week of NHL action is in the books, and several players saw their PIMs increase over the past seven days. Most notably, Nicolas Deslauriers chipped away at Arber Xhekaj’s league-leading 92 penalty minutes. Deslauriers stood toe-to-toe with Ryan Reaves in a true heavyweight tilt. Reaves had the upper hand throughout the spirited bout, but it put Deslauriers within one major penalty of surpassing Xhekaj for the top spot on the list.

Trevor Zegras was in the news this weekend for all the wrong reasons. The Anaheim Ducks forward accumulated 12 penalty minutes in Saturday’s overtime victory over the Arizona Coyotes, most of which was earned on a 10-minute misconduct. Zegras and Coyotes forward Troy Stecher were involved in a skirmish, exchanging pleasantries while being separated by the officials.

Although it’s not clear what Zegras said to provoke Stecher, it’s evident it was terrible enough to warrant the penalty. These teams next meet on April 8, and it might be worth tuning in to see if any animosity carries over.

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