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Patrick Kane’s minus-9 is ‘a number that obviously doesn’t look good’

Nov 1, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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The value of plus/minus as a hockey statistic may be highly dubious, but when the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner, playing for the defending Stanley Cup champions, has a minus-9 rating in just 13 games, people are going to notice.

We are, of course, referring to Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who was asked about his rating yesterday after practice.

“Sometimes you catch some tough breaks,” Kane said, per the Chicago Tribune. “Other times, there are plays that I can probably make to try and help keep the puck out of our net. It’s a number that obviously doesn’t look good. It’s not something that’s going to change overnight. It will be a long road back to try and get into the plus column, but I’m confident I can do it.”

Only four other players in the NHL have a lower plus/minus than Kane — Justin Schultz (-10) and Nail Yakupov (-10) of the Oilers, Marc Staal (-11) of the Rangers, and Mike Weber (-12) of the Sabres.

Of course, those four play for losing teams with negative goal differentials overall. Kane does not. In fact, the next lowest rating on the ‘Hawks is minus-2, belonging to both Michal Rozsival and Duncan Keith.

“I put myself in that situation so I’ll try and get out of it,” Kane said.

The ‘Hawks are in Winnipeg to play the Jets tomorrow.

Oh, and for any of you “advanced stats” aficionados, yes, Kane’s PDO (a.k.a luck) is very low, at 91.9.

  1. davebabychreturns - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    It’s true though. That team is shooting 5% with Kane on the ice, that can’t possibly go on forever. I’d say the .870 on ice save percentage can’t either but ast long as Khabibulin is still on the roster…

  2. kingcobraman - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    fat cat taking it easy after a successful year….

    • fb96 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Yes, that’s why he leads the team in power play goals, is second in points (two behind Toews), and third in shots on goal.

  3. bigolbig - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    He’s so bad now. Trade him to the Sabres for Miller.

    • lordfletcher - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Kane has MUCH more value than that.

      Kane would bring in a haul as he is a proven goal scorer and shows up in the playoffs. If Chicago wants draft picks for him, every team in the league would come calling.

      • bigolbig - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Ok then throw in John Scott.

      • barkar942 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:43 PM

        OK. Kane and some underaged college girl groupies for Miller. And the Sabers can add a bag of pucks.

  4. hammerhead5573 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Must have been a slow news day in Chicago. Breaking news, Kane is never going to be a stellar defensive forward but I will take him any day of the week over many other players. Last time I checked, they built the team around Toews and Kane

  5. killerpgh - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    I’m not a huge +/- fan. It’s a weird stat that has a lot of variables. It’s hard to judge players from different teams using +/-. But the fact Kane’s -9 is the by far the worst on his team and only 3 other players on the Hawks have a negative +/- and -2 is the worst of those 3. Plus only 1 of those 3 other players are an every day player. Hopefully he is saving himself for the Olympics.

  6. icrew29 - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Plus minus is misleading. It’s like getting blamed for something your brother or sister does wrong. It’s no big deal except to fans and media, coaches don’t make a big deal about it.

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