The confusion ends here. This quick list of hockey stat sheet abbreviations and explanations will help you survive the season.
Player position. The possible positions are C (center), LW (left wing), RW (right wing), D (defense) or G (goaltender).
Player jersey number.
Goals. A goal is awarded to the last player on the scoring team to touch the puck prior to the puck entering the net.
Note: Goals scored during a shootout do not count towards a player's goal total.
Assists. An assist is awarded to the player or players (maximum of two) who touch the puck prior to the goal, provided no defender plays or possesses the puck in between.
P or PTS
Points. The sum total of goals and assists.
Plus-minus. See an explanation of plus minus.
Power play goals.
Game-winning goals. After the final score has been determinded, the goal which leaves the winning team one goal ahead of its opponent is the game-winning goal (example: if Team A beats Team B 8-3, the player scoring the fourth goal for Team A receives credit for the game-winning goal).
Note: Goals scored during a shootout are not credited as game-winning goals.
Shots on goal. If a player shoots the puck with the intention of scoring and if that shot would have gone in the net had the goaltender not stopped it, the shot is recorded as a shot on goal.
PCT or SPCT
Shooting percentage. Divide the number of goals scored by the number of shots taken.
Points scored at even strength.
Points scored while short-handed.
Points scored on the power play.
Points scored on home ice.
Points scored on the road.
Points scored against teams within the division.
Points scored against teams outside the division.
Average points scored per game.
Average number of shifts per game.
Average time on ice per game.
FWP or FWPCT
Percentage of faceoffs won.
Next page: NHL Stats for goalies.