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02-17-2013, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCB View Post

Carbo was just a +34 in his last 10 seasons. As soon as he stopped scoring, his +/- went far down and he was used in a pure defensive role. You're usually not going to have a great +/- when your line doesn't score much.

+/- is a decent career stat and somewhat useful comparing players on the same team (if there's a major difference), but overall, it's a weak stat. You'd pretty much have to watch each individual play to see who was at fault.
Carbonneau was always used as a shutdown center when in a healthy lineup. He was never a permanent fixture on a scoring line in Montreal.

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