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12-09-2012, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirty Danglez View Post
+\- is only usefull when there is an obvious difference between them on the same team. If the whole team is dominant and all the D have amazing plus minus it doesn't tell the whole story on the ice.

If you got one D man with a +9 and all the other D men are in the minuses, it's probably a better indicator
Not really, because it's possible that the coach is using that player in a more offensive role. If he has a pairing that he always sends out for defensive zone faceoffs, a pairing that is used in a more balanced method and then an offensive pairing, the offensive pairing will have a better +/- even if the shutdown pairing is providing a larger swing goals differential.

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