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Frequently Asked Hockey Questions

How do I determine a team's winning percentage?
Divide total points by total number of possible points (two for each game).

How do I determine a goalie's or team's goals-against average?
Multiply total number of goals allowed by 60, and divide that figure by minutes played.

How do I determine a goalie's or team's save percentage?
subtract total goals against from total shots against to get total number of saves made. Divide total number of saves made by total number of shots against.

How is power play percentage determined?
Total number of power play goals divided by total number of power play opportunities.

How is penalty killing percentage calculated?
Subtract total number of power play goals allowed from total number of shorthanded situatons to get total number of power plays killed. Divide total number of power plays killed by total number of shorthanded situations.

How do I determine a player's or team's shooting percentage?
Divide total goals scored by total number shots taken.

What is plus-minus?
A player receives a "plus" if he is on the ice when his team scores an even-strength or shorthanded goal. He receives a "minus" if he is on the ice for an even-strength or shorthanded goal scored by the opposing team. The difference in these numbers is considered the player's plus-minus statistic.

When is a shot considered a "shot 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".

What is a game-winning goal?
The goal that gives the winning team one more goal than the losing team.

When do consecutive game, goal, assist and point-scoring streaks end?
In addition to being discounted whenever a player fails to record the goal or assist needed to extend a streak in a given game, the streak shall be terminated whenever the player fails to appear in a game.

How long does a player have rookie status?
A player shall be considered a rookie if he has not played in 25 or more games during any single preceding season, or not in six or more games during any two preceding seasons.

How is the time for a goal determined when it is scored in the last minute?
If a penalty or goal occurs in the last minute, the time is rounded off to the previous second (ex: if a goal is scored with 12.4 seconds left in a period, the time is indicated as 19:47).

What is the roster limit for each team?
Each team dresses 18 skaters (generally 12 forwards and six defensemen) and two goaltenders per game. A team may carry up to 24 players at a time.

When is the NHL trading deadline?
2:00 CST of the 40th day before the final day of the NHL regular season marks the deadline for trades between NHL teams. This date also marks the deadline for loans and recalls from minor league teams. This season's deadline falls on March 9th.

What are the NHL's tie-breaking procedures?
In the event of a tie in standing points, these steps determine which team shall finish in the higher position: 1) Most Wins, 2) Most points earned in season series between the two tied teams (points earned in the first game played in the city that has the extra game shall not be included), 3) Differential in total goals scored and total goals allowed over full 82-game schedule.