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02-15-2013, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Tuggy View Post
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.
Well, I looked at Bruins second line last year, comparable to Pleks line, and their numbers were huge on the plus side, while Pleks line was huge on the negative. According to your logic, we would throw those numbers aside because they don't mean anything.
You may, but I won't. Pleks line has not be that good 5-5 but Bruins second line very very good 5-5.

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