Clune punches his way into exclusive company with Predators

When Rich Clune did his best to punch St. Louis forward Ryan Reaves on Saturday night he also hit a milestone of sorts.

Clune became the fourth player to record more than 25 fighting majors for the Nashville Predators. What’s more, he got there at a rate faster than all but one of the rest of the franchise’s top five.

The 4-1 loss to the Blues was Clune’s 92nd game for Nashville. That’s one fight every 3.54 contests.

And he’s picked up the pace slightly this season. He’s second in the NHL with 14 fighting majors and has appeared in 45 games. That’s one fight for every 3.21 contests. He had 12 in 47 games in 2012-13.

The rundown of Nashville’s all-time leaders in fighting majors:

• Jordin Tootoo – 62 (486 games, one fight per 7.84)
• Patrick Cote – 42 (91 games, one fight per 2.17)
• Darcy Hordichuk – 33 (172 games, one fight per 5.21)
• Rich Clune – 26 (92 games, one fight per 3.54)
• Jeremy Stevenson – 25 (100 games, one fight per (4.00)

(Source: HockeyFights.com)

Clune’s first two fights this season were with Minnesota’s Zenon Konopka. Since then he’s spread around his wrath to 12 different players from 11 different teams.

If he maintains his current pace, he’ll finish the season with 18 or 19 fighting majors.

The franchise record for a season is 30, set in 1998-99 by Patrick Cote, who led the NHL in that regard. No one has had more than 16 since.