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Gagner and Yakupov struggling at both ends of the ice

Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov, shown here celebrating a goal late last season with teammate Taylor...

Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov, shown here celebrating a goal late last season with teammate Taylor Hall, are at the bottom of the league in plus-minus. (David Bloom/ QMI Agency)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:57 PM ET

Yak and Gags … hey, that kind of sounds like what they’ve been doing out there.

Hard luck linemates Nail Yakupov and Sam Gagner have been retching up a lot of statistical hairballs this season, with Gagner minus 9 in the Boston, Vancouver, Anaheim and Los Angeles set and Yakupov still dead last, 784th out of 784 NHL players, at minus 22 for the year.

Like all statistics in a game where there are five skaters out there contributing to each other’s totals, plus-minus isn’t a black and white indicator of how a season is going. Unless, of course, you’re dead last, or 781st out of 784 players, like Gagner’s minus 16 in 23 games has him, then it’s pretty safe to say that things are going badly.

“You do care,” said Dallas Eakins, when asked how much stock he puts in those ugly totals. “I think that’s an embarrassing thing for a player to have it sitting there like that.”


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