Understanding Hockey Statistics for the Everyday Fan
It’s easy to enjoy a hockey game. You sit in the arena and take in the jaw-dropping action sequences that take place throughout the game. Simple enough? Not if you don’t understand all the details, specifically the hockey statistics. However, if you go to enough games, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with this information so that you can enjoy the games more. Our statistics help you learn more about the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and how all our players are doing throughout the season. Fortunately, learning hockey statistics isn’t that difficult, even if it may seem confusing at first.
If you want to get more into hockey but don’t know where to start, let us help. We’ll make sure you understand everything you need to know about hockey stats before attending your next game.
Hockey Statistics Breakdown
When you check out our statistics page, you’ll see a long row and several columns of abbreviations, but what does all this mean? Some are easier to understand, like the number of goals a player has made, but others, like the plus/minus rating, may take some explaining for the regular Joe. Each player for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins has their own row, and here you can find a breakdown of their stats.
POS – Position
The player’s position. This can be either C (center), D (defense), LW (left wing), RW (right wing), or G (goaltender).
GP – Games Played
The number of games the player was on the ice.
G – Goals
The number of goals the player has made.
A – Assists
The number of goals the player has assisted, meaning the player passed the puck to another player who made a goal.
PTS – Points
The number of points awarded to the player, which includes points for goals and assists.
*Let’s take a breather. Simple so far, right? The next few statistics will make you a hockey expert. Let’s continue!*
+/- – Plus/Minus Rating
The plus/minus rating is calculated by giving the player one point for each even-strength or short-handed goal his team scores while he is on the ice and subtracting one point for each even-strength or short-handed goal the opposing team scores while he is on the ice.
PIM – Penalties in Minutes
The total number of penalty minutes the player received.
PPG – Power Play Goals
The number of goals the player made while his team was on a power play. This means the opposing team had at least one player serving a penalty, resulting in them having fewer players on the ice.
SHG – Short-Handed Goals
The number of goals a player made when his team had fewer players on the ice.
GWG – Game-Winning Goals
The number of goals the player made that caused the team to win.
SOG – Shots on Goal
The number of shots on goal the player made, which are shots that the goaltender is required to stop, and if they didn’t, it would be a goal.
SOA – Shootout Shots Against
The number of shootout shots against the goaltender.
SO% – Shootout Save Percentage
The percentage of saves the goaltender made during a shootout.
SH – Shooting
Whether the player shoots left or right.
SH% – Shooting Percentage
The player’s shooting percentage is determined by dividing the goals made by the number of shots they took.
MIN – Minutes
The total number of minutes a goaltender is on the ice.
SO – Shutouts
The number of games where the goaltender prevented the other team from getting any goals during the entire game.
GAA – Goals Against Average
The average number of goals made against the goaltender.
W – Wins
The number of wins for a goaltender.
L – Losses
The number of losses for a goaltender.
SVS – Saves
The number of saves the goaltender made.
SA – Shots Against
The number of shots against a goaltender.
SAV % – Save Percentage
The goaltender’s save percentage is determined by dividing the number of saves the goaltender made by the total number of shots against them.
Stay Up to Date with the Penguins
Now that you know a little bit more about hockey statistics, you’ll have an easier time staying up to date with how the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins are performing. Be sure to keep following along during our season by checking our schedule and getting tickets to come see a game in person!