What is plus/minus in hockey? A player is awarded a “plus” each time he is on the ice when his Club scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal. He receives a “minus” if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthanded goal scored by the opposing Club. The difference in these numbers is considered the player’s “plus-minus” statistic.
Why +/- is a flawed stat? The main flaw of raw plus-minus in a single game is that when a player either plays mediocre basketball with a strong lineup that outscores the other team well or plays well when their lineup is getting killed, the stat does not capture it. This is often the case, particularly for guys that get less minutes.
Who has the best plus-minus in hockey? Larry Robinson has the highest career plus-minus, at +722.
Is +- a good hockey stat? While the plus/minus stat can be a good indicator of a player’s two-way performance, a few factors should be weighed in considering the rating. Brian Rolston’s 31 goals — nine of them short-handed — helped him to a plus-11 last season. First, players on good teams usually have good plus/minus ratings.