Capitals and Canucks Players Dominate NHL Plus-Minus
The Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks are dominating the NHL plus/minus leaderboard. Of course, this is not extremely shocking given their respective records and Goals For/Game totals.
- The Capitals lead the league in Goals for/Game at 3.88, followed by the Canucks at 3.24.
- The Capitals also lead the NHL in goal differential at +66 , followed by Chicago at +31 and Vancouver at +38.
- Washington also has the league’s best winning percentage after giving up the first goal. The Capitals are 16-7-4 for a .593 winning percentage when trailing first.
The Capitals currently have 7 players in the top 11 of the NHL plus/minus leaderboard, while Canucks players hold the remaining 4 positions.
It’s not uncommon in any given season to see a few players from the league’s top teams in the top 20 of this statistical category. But, we haven’t seen complete domination of the NHL plus/minus statistic since 2006-07 when the Ottawa Senators had 7 players in the top 12 positions. Even then Buffalo, the New York Rangers and Detroit had players mixed in between.
in case you are wondering, Zach Parise and Chris Pronger land just outside the top 11. Both also have +22 marks on the season.