Thread: Speculation: Gormley piece: Carle v. Leino?
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05-30-2011, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Ghost of Downie View Post
If you're talking about GA/60, that's not really made up. It's goals against when that player is on the ice, carried over a 60 minute period. Basically GAA for a player.

That's the point though. +/- is skewed not only by team quality and scoring, but also by quality of competition. Meszaros' defensive skills didn't suddenly vanish once he was put out against tough assignments, he just gave up more goals because he was playing better competition. Therefore, using +/- to break down defensive play isn't a good strategy.
Again, breaking it down over a 60 minute period doesn't make sense to me. Some people beleive in them, I don't. I guess we have a difference in opinion.

I'd state that Meszaros play in the second half, as with most on the team, wasn't as good in the 2nd half as it was in the first half of the Season.
As I've said before, +/- isn't cut and dry. It is but one indicator. But it is an indicator and it is reliable.

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