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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wisniewski's place in the Isles history books

Despite all of the offense (21 points in 32 games for a team that has only
scored 78 goals (in 34 games) ), Wisniewski was a -18.

How bad is -18?

It's the lowest +/- rating for any Islander player that has appeared in 38 games
or fewer. (Ken Murray was -21 in 1972/73 and Neil Nicholson was -18 over parts
of three seasons, primarily 1972/73; both played in 39 career games. Nicholson
was -20 through 38 games in 72/73 and 73/74, but played in one game in 77/78 --
a 9-2 Thanksgiving Eve shellacking of the North Stars --and was +2 in that game,
his final one in the NHL)

A -18 rating is 754th out of 760 NHL players this season. Ilya Kovalchuk is
760th, with a rating of -26.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on
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