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08-07-2010, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaromir Jagr View Post
What I've found is: almost every hockey fan is guilty of the +/- fiasco from time to time. It seems as though it can be used as both a positive and negative stat.

In other words, if defending a player that one likes, he will refer to his +/- as a positive if it is good or decent, but if it's bad or horrendous, they will say that that stat is useless in defense of their player.
+/- is useless across teams but has some value within a team.

Duguay was a great example of an overrated player. He was flashy and had some offense, so fans loved him, but the guy either couldn 't or wouldn't play D, so he was a near constant negative.

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