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Penalty Plus/Minus at the All-Star Break

The latest update on the NHL Penalty Plus/Minus figures has something old and something new for those tracking which players are creating the most power plays for their team over the course of the season.

The old? It’s Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, who continues in his position at the top.  Browin is leaving the competition in his rear-view mirror with a +31, far ahead of Jarome Iginla (+22), Niklas Hagman (+20), and Patrick O’Sullivan (+20), who head a more tightly-bunched set of secondary leaders.

Then there’s the very old; Rob Blake’s injury troubles have kept him (-19) from keeping pace with Mike Commodore and Shane O’Brien (each with -22) at the bottom of the standings, although fellow codger Mathieu Schnedier (-19) is keeping him company down there.

The complete spreadsheet and some “fresh” news follows…

Vancouver’s Mats Sundin has gotten off to a slow start, and it’s showing in his Penalty Plus/Minus as well.  Besides racking up a mere two goals and one assist through his first seven games as a Canuck, Baldilocks has also notched a -4 Penalty Plus/Minus already, including two calls in the 3rd period of a tie game against San Jose, which led to the Sharks’ game-winning power play goal as the Big Swede sat in the box for high-sticking Mike Grier.

Data updated each Monday during the season
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