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08-04-2012, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Blueline Bomber View Post
Not saying he is or isn't a defensive liability, but the +/- wouldn't show that. Especially considering Semin's own natural scoring talent and the talent of Backstrom/OV/Green around him.

In this case, +/- simply shows that they score more than they allow. And back when the Caps had a more much more offensive-minded system (where the vast majority of that high +/- comes from), that shouldn't surprise anyone.

Take any of the Caps major stars during that time and their +/- is ridiculously high, because of those two years where they were outscoring opponents 8-1.
True, but look at last season where they weren't scoring gobs of goals.

Overall team: -18
Ovechkin: -8
Backstrom: -4 (partial season
Semin: +9

He hasn't always been, but the 2-way part of his game has definitely developed over the past few years.

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