Hockey Statistics and Analytics for Beginners

Whether you want to bet on the next ice hockey game, or you just want to understand it better, there are stats and analytics that you need to be familiar with. At The Australian Ice Hockey League, we have put together a little guide for beginners to get the very basics of ice hockey analytics and stats.

Statistics

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Ice hockey stats are divided according to the team, individual players, and goaltenders. Each of them has different aspects rated, each with initials to signify them.

Team Statistics

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If you are looking at the team’s stats, you will find the STK, first of all, which indicates a winning or losing streak.

You can also see the GP, for games played, OTL for overtime losses, SOL for shootout losses, GF which shows you how many goals the team has scored, and GA for goals against. These are just some examples, but there are a few more stats.

Individual Player Statistics

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When you take a look at any given individual player’s stats, the first thing you will find is the GP for games played, G for goals scored in the current seasons, and A for the assist. You can also find more specific stats like PPG for a power-play goal and PPA for power-play assist, GWG for game-winning goals which are the game-defining goals, all among others.

Goaltender Statistics

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You can find many of the stats for other players also on your goaltender’s sheet, but you will also find very specific rates for them.  You have SOG for the number of shots that the goaltender has been challenged with, during the season and SV for the number of saves they have made. There are quite a few others, but these are the basics.

Analytics

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Hockey analytics is becoming more and more popular and are a must-understand for bettors, as they measure the individual players and teams’ performance.

Corsi Close

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This is a term used for those situations when the difference between goals is only one or tied. This analytic’s formula is executed by allowing all the team members to make shots and measuring how many shots were successful.

Corsi close is helpful to determine the percentage of puck possession time that a team has at a given time.

PDO

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If you thought luck couldn’t be measured, these stats prove you wrong. To sum it up, it measures both shooting and saves percentage in a team and the reference number is 1.000. Go over that and you are lucky, go under that and you are unlucky. These are some of the most commonly used stats and analytics in ice hockey today, make sure you take a good look at them and understand them before placing a wager anywhere.