by Forechecker on 01/12/09 at 06:39 PM ET
Over at The Hockey News, Ken Campbell dissects the Plus/Minus standings, and while in general the stat is about as good as astrology at informing a comparative analysis of NHL players, it does help point out individuals having extremely positive or negative seasons, such as Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour, and his NHL-worst -27 rating:
If you could chalk Brind’Amour’s plus-minus to bad luck or playing for a bad team or the vagaries of the stat, that would be one thing. But the fact of the matter is only one player in the league, Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf, has been on the ice for more than Brind’Amour’s 45 even strength goals against. On the other hand, Brind’Amour has been on the ice for just 18 of his team’s own even-strength goals this season.
Read on for some detail behind some of the leaders as well, such as Boston’s Marc Savard (+29).
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