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Common Terms Used in Hockey Stastics


Contrary to what a lot of people believe, there are not that many individuals that know how they should be reading hockey statistics. We can say that gamblers or huge fans stand out as those that usually do. If you are amongst the fans that are not aware how to actually understand hockey statistics you need to actually learn the abbreviations used. Even if in most cases they are logical you might end up not seeing the obvious. It is important to properly read hockey statistics because this will give you a clear idea of the performance of any team. Let us take a look at the abbreviations that stand out as most commonly used.

Two hockey statistics that are really popular are A and G. G is equal to goals and A with assists. You are to see PTS also, which refers to scoring points. If you add G with A you get this result. PIM is used in order to tell readers how many minutes a certain player spent under penalty. TOI is a term that measures the minutes one player did spend on ice while GP refers to the number of games that a player showed up in. If you need to look for performance you have to look at PPG and PPA. Such stats are important as they show the consistency of one player, saying how many goals, respectively assists he did each game. You will also want to look at SHG and SHA to see how many assists and goals were done while the team of the investigated player was shorthanded.

The goal keepers have some special abbreviations to describe performance although most are similar to other players’. GA is a term that refers to goals against. This is going to show you the number of goals that one goalkeeper received. SOG is used to describe shots on goal. SV is one term that does count as it refers to how many shots a goal keeper deflected.

Speaking generally about team hockey statistics we can find it really easy to understand how to read them properly. As it happens in so many sports, W stands for wins and L for losses. T stands for ties that one team made and you gain that from GP, which basically means games played. You also want to analyze GF and GA in order to see how many goals a team scored and received at a particular point in time. As you can see, it is quite easy to read hockey statistics. In order to read hockey stats properly you only have to basically know abbreviations used.


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