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03-29-2011, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolskii View Post
But wait, aren't we an offensively challenged team?

Again this isn't the days of Jagr Straka and Nylander inflating the entire Dcorps +-.
We're a team that tends to spend a lot of time cycling the puck around in the offensive zone, which is good for our defensemen's +/- ratings. We're obviously more likely to get that good offensive zone time when other teams' top lines aren't on the ice (and, consequently, Staal and Girardi aren't either).

We also have an awesome goalie who bails out more mistakes than many other goalies. Both of these are factors that help out the +/- ratings of our defensemen.

Look, nobody is saying that McD and Sauer haven't played very, very well. I just think that their +/- ratings may make them look even better than they are if you consider the conditions in which they're playing.

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