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02-15-2013, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by TennisMenace View Post
Then we will have to agree to disagree. I agree it may have some variables but over all, the stats are compelling. To discount them totally is not wise IMO. They demand an explanation.
No, +/- by itself is worthless. You have to take into account ice-time, chances allowed, line matchups, defensive zone faceoffs vs offensive zone faceoffs, plus a number of advanced stats and the list goes on.

A perfect example if Galchenyuk's +7 vs Plekanec's -3. One plays near or above 20 minutes a night against the other team's best players night in and night out. While the other plays sheltered minutes and is put into the position to succeed. It really skews the +/- stat which again, can't be taken at face value.

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