The Myth Behind Jack Johnson and his Plus/Minus
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08-03-2011, 04:49 PM
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I would say that he was collecting those minuses quite steadily throughout the whole season and he was never above average defensively. He just looked like that because Doughty's defensive play was so bad at the beginning of the season. The reason why his total +/- wasn't dropping fast is simple: he was collecting too many pluses. Once his offensive output dropped, there was nothing left to camouflage the army of minuses taking over the fort.
There are two particular stretches of streaks where Jack Johnson's plus/minus took a huge hit and this was during the time when the Kings were playing terribly and went through some losing streaks.
From November 15 through November 29, the Kings went 1-7-0, with Jack accumulating a plus/minus rating of -12 in those 8 games (and their lone win came in a shootout). In the 12 games following that stretch, Johnson was a minus in only two games and was a +8 in that span.
In games in which Jack Johnson was a plus or even player, the Kings record was 36-12. The Kings' record when Jack was a minus player was 10-24. I think this indicates just how much of a team stat the plus/minus category really is.
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