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NHL Stats Explained: The Goaltenders

SOG, GAA and other hockey stats for goalies.

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On the previous page we dealt with statistics compiled for forwards and defensemen. Goaltenders, of course, have their own package of numbers. Here are the hockey stats most commonly used to evaluate a goalie's performance.

GP
Games Played.

W
Wins.
A goaltender receives a win if he is on the ice when his team scores the game-winning goal.

L
Losses.
A goaltender receives a loss if he is on the ice when the opposing team scores the game-winning goal.
Note: As of the 2005-06 NHL season, a goalie is credited with a loss only if the game is lost in regulation time.

T
Ties.
A goaltender receives a tie if he is on the ice when the game-tying goal is scored.
(As of the 2005-06 season, ties have been eliminated in the NHL.)

OT
Overtime or shootout losses.
As of the 2005-06 NHL season, a goalie is credited with an "OT" if he is on the ice when the opposing team scores the game-winning goal in overtime or during a shootout.

GA
Goals against.
- Empty net goals do not count towards a goaltender's goals against.
- Goals scored during a shootout do not count towards a goaltender's goals against.

SA
Shots against.

GAA
Goals-against average.
Find out how goals-against average is calculated.

S
Saves.

SV PCT or SV%
Save percentage.
Find out how save percentage is calculated.

SO
Shutouts.
If two goaltenders combine for a shutout, neither receives credit for the shutout. Instead it is recorded as a team shutout.
If a regular season game is tied 0-0 at the end of overtime, both goaltenders are credited with a shutout, regardless of how many goals are scored in the shootout.

PIM
Penalty minutes.

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