Originally posted by odessasteps only for even strength goals.
+/- not affected by pp or sh goals.
if the assist is on a PPG and the opponent's goal was at even strength, it would make sense.
In fact, the plus/minus IS affected by shorthanded goals.
+/- Plus-minus rating A skater gets a +1 if he is on the ice when his team scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal. He gets a -1 if he is on the ice when his team allows an even-strength or shorthanded goal. This does not apply to goalies.
Watch the Olympics, mentally plug in all of the skating talent that is in the NHL and tell me that the game wouldn't be a hell of a lot more exciting - you'd have baseball scores (7-6) instead of soccer scores (1-0).