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# Terms For Common Hockey Statistics

Updated on August 20, 2010

Common Hockey Statistics – Terms

Contrary to what many believe, a lot of people do not know how to properly read hockey statistics. In most situations the ones that do are either huge fans or gamblers. 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 you will find everything logical sometimes you can miss the obvious. It is highly important to know how to read hockey statistics as you can clearly see team performance this way. 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 stands for goals and A for assists. You are to see PTS also, which refers to scoring points. This is obtained by adding A and G. PIM is used in order to tell readers how many minutes a certain player spent under penalty. GP is used to tell you how many games were played and TOI will show you the minutes one player played in games. Performance is usually analyzed thanks to PPA and PPG. These are stats that will show you how many assists and goals one player is currently averaging in games played. We also have SHG and SHA, two stats that are going to show you the number of assists and goals that a team managed to do when it was shorthanded.

When looking at goal keepers the stats are very similar but there are some differences. We do have GA referring to goals against. Through this stat you learn about the number of goals the goalkeeper received. We also should look at SOG (shots on goal). This means the number of goals dealt while SV means the number of shots one goaltender deflected.

Speaking generally about team hockey statistics we can find it really easy to understand how to read them properly. As in other sports you will find that W means wins and L means losses. GP is used to describe how many games a team played and T is used to describe ties. You may also want to take a look at GA and GF to see the goals against a team and goals that a team scored till the moment you are reading the stats. As you surely can see now, reading hockey statistics is easy. In order to read hockey stats properly you only have to basically know abbreviations used.

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