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Comfort level with Schubert paying off for Preissing

Wednesday, 20.12.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Comfort level with Schubert paying off for Preissing
Ottawa Senators defenceman Tom Preissing is the NHL leader with a +23 plus-minus rating.

by Todd Anderson

When you look at the NHL plus-minus standings today, you will find Ottawa Senators defenceman Tom Preissing listed in first place, a few points ahead of all-stars including Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Teemu Selanne, among others. Preissing humbly downplays his ranking.

"I think it's just a matter of being on the ice at the right time," the Arlington Heights, Ill., native says. "With the mistakes we do make, the other team just isn't able to bury them, or our goalies are coming up big for us."

Still, the first-year Senator says a new comfort level has been reached since he began playing regularly with defensive partner Christoph Schubert, and his performance has improved because of it.

"I think Schubie and I are limiting the other teams' opportunities," Preissing says. "On the ice, I think I started off a little slow but lately I've been playing pretty well. At the start of the year, with our injuries, it was hard to get into a groove. I played with Volchie (Anton Volchenkov) and (Chris) Phillips for a while. To be able to play (regularly) with the same guy helps. It seems like every time we go on the ice, we get a plus."

Schubert boasts Ottawa's second-best plus-minus rating at +13.

The Senators have had success in the stat category over the previous two seasons as well. Last season Senators defenceman Wade Redden finished tied for first in the NHL with New York Ranger Michal Roszival at +35. Andrej Meszaros finished tied for second at +34.

In 2003-04, former Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara finished third in the NHL at +33.

Neil and Volchenkov also league leaders
While Preissing stands atop the NHL plus-minus ratings, Volchenkov and forward Chris Neil also lead in two other categories.

Volchenkov has 119 blocked shots in 33 games this season, 20 more than Atlanta Thrasher Greg De Vries, a former Senator who is in second place.

With 134 hits, Neil is the clear leader in the NHL. New York Ranger Ryan Hollweg is second with 109 and Senators teammate Mike Fisher is third with 107.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
4 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
5 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
6 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93