Stewie's stats show a problem any shut-down defenseman's stats will show - he doesn't generate offense so his plus/minus suffers, and to make things worse he's often paired with sub-par offensive players thanks to the Wings' numerous injuries. The first half of the season, he was spot on. His plus/minus doesn't show it, but one stat doesn't tell the whole story. I'd wager a guess that he's one of the best on the back end if you measured his performance in goals against per minute of icetime. He took hard matchups consistently, dealt with whatever garbage linemate he had, and was the best damn PKer on the team.
He's fallen off badly lately, however. Some criticism is warranted. He was a premier shutdown defenseman up until the last several games, probably the only guy consistently winning his battles and taking his assignments properly. Now he's in a downswing. Too bad that as Lidstrom and Rafalski make a push, Stuart is at a low point and Kronwall reinjured himself.
It's always something... but Stuart will come back from it. All good players do.
Not even close. He's better than E, but that's about it.
Nick - 1.86GA/60T, 1.92GA/60ES, 4.00GA/60SH
Raf - 1.95GA/60T, 1.94GA/60ES, 4.62GA/60SH
Meech - 2.09GA/60T, 2.39GA/60ES, 0.00GA/60SH
Lebda - 2.34GA/60T, 2.39GA/60ES, 0.00GA/60SH
Nik - 2.50GA/60T, 1.97GA/60ES, 9.00GA/60SH
Stu - 3.45GA/60T, 2.72GA/60ES, 8.57GA/60SH
E - 4.33GA/60T, 3.80GA/60ES, 7.78GA/60SH
Those are goals against per 60 minutes of ice time. Total, even strength, and on the PK.