It's not that Chris Kunitz, who is assembling one of his best seasons, doesn't appreciate leading the NHL in any statistical category. It's just that the Penguins left winger doesn't feel all that strongly about the plus-minus rating.

Kunitz entered the game Saturday night at Toronto tied for the league lead at plus-17 in the category that awards a plus when a player is on the ice for an even-strength or short-handed goal and a minus when he is on the ice for an even-strength or short-handed opponent goal.

"It certainly tells you that you're on the ice for offensive chances," Kunitz said of his high number.

Many see it as a way to judge defensemen more than forwards. Kunitz isn't drawn to that column when perusing the stats of any player.

"For a certain amount of games, you can run into bad luck," Kunitz said of stretches when a player might rack up several minuses.