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NHL Stats Explained

Know your PIM from your GT. An explanation of NHL stats & all hockey statistics.

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The NHL stats sheet can be confusing for new fans. Some numbers are obvious - most of us can guess what "G" or "A" indicate. But "SPCT" is likely to be mystery. And how many fans can figure out a goalie's save percentage or goals-against average?

The confusion ends here. This quick list of hockey stat sheet abbreviations and explanations will help you survive the season.

POS
Player position. The possible positions are C (center), LW (left wing), RW (right wing), D (defense) or G (goaltender).

NO
Player jersey number.

GP
Games Played.

G
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.

A
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.

PIM
Penalty minutes.

PP
Power play goals.

SH
Short-handed goals.

GW
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.

S
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.

ESP
Points scored at even strength.

SHP
Points scored while short-handed.

PPP
Points scored on the power play.

HmP
Points scored on home ice.

RdP
Points scored on the road.

DvP
Points scored against teams within the division.

ODvP
Points scored against teams outside the division.

P/G
Average points scored per game.

SHFT
Average number of shifts per game.

ATOI
Average time on ice per game.

FW
Faceoffs won.

FL
Faceoffs lost.

FWP or FWPCT
Percentage of faceoffs won.

Next page: NHL Stats for goalies.

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