I’ve never really loved the hockey statistic referred to as plus/minus. The basic idea is when playing at equal strength, if your team scores each player on the ice gets a +1. If your team gives up a goal each player on the ice gets a -1. Over time this should give you an impression of how well a player performs. The longer a player plays the more likely it is that plus/minus is an accurate reflection of his play.
Going through the all-time stats I noticed that one man stands alone as the greatest plus/minus player. Sharks co-coach Larry Robinson registered a mind-blowing +730 during his hall-of-fame career. Robinson was the number one defenseman for the dominant 1970s Montreal Canadiens. Those teams are often regarded as the finest teams ever assembled. 2nd in plus/minus is the great Bobby Orr at +579, followed by Ray Bourque at +528.
While on the subject, San Jose’s all-time top plus/minus men are Joe Thornton +140, Marc-Edouard Vlasic +79 and Nils Ekman +50.
Sunday’s game in Winnipeg will be the 1658th game in San Jose Sharks history. The club's all-time win-loss record is 767-688 going along with 121 ties, 61 overtime losses.
Sharks centerman Logan Couture is tied for the league lead with 3 shootout goals. The other snipers are Kopitar (LA), Vrbata (PHX), Oshie (STL), Ladd (WPG) and Moulson (BUF). The shootout has been part of the NHL landscape now for nine seasons. While I enjoy the competition and shooter/goalie battle as much as anyone, I don’t think the result of this exercise should go into a win or loss column. Let’s stick with wins, losses and ‘bonus points’. Bonus points being those earned in the shootout.
Congrats go out to Sharks radio man, Dan Rusanosky! The play-by-play voice of the Sharks was recently inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall-of-Fame. His hard work and dedication have led him to this great honor. Something tells me that this might not be the last time Dan is inducted into a Hall-of-Fame.
Check out Dan’s postgame audio blogs following each and every game on sjsharks.com. Dan will get you up to speed in a hurry with a full game recap and audio highlights.
The Hockey Hall-of-Fame’s 2013 induction class will be one to remember. This season sees the induction of rugged defenseman Chris Chelios, power forward Brendan Shanahan, mobile defenseman Scott Niedermayer, innovative coach Fred Shero, and Gerladine Heaney, who has been called the "female Bobby Orr". The NHL Network will have coverage of induction ceremonies next Monday at 4:30 PM PST.