Are penalty shots counted in goalie's saves percentage and goal against average?


GAA’s lawyer would argue, “Well of course GAA is affected by the toughness of shots he faces. It makes sense that if there are more shots against a goalkeeper, his GAA would go up!” Yes but what is the point of a personal statistic? It is to gauge the ability of a specific player, with some statistics being more reliable than others, of course. The GAA does not do this. Compare the xGD graphs and this last pair (G>2xG). GAA is more dependent on the opposition’s chance creation (or defensive inability) than a goalkeeper’s ability. GAA is a team stat, not an individual. Think of a pitcher in baseball, what if we used unearned run average instead of an earned run average (ERA) to gauge how good of a pitcher they were? It would just turn into a Runs Allowed team stat. Or what if in basketball, we used Points Allowed per Game to see how good the center (the big, tall guy) was? It does not make sense.

At best, you would have to use a +/- system if you still wanted to use GAA but...

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Goals Against Average (GAA) is a statistic used in field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and water polo that is the mean of goals allowed per game by a goaltender. GAA is analogous to a baseball pitcher's earned run average (ERA). In Japanese, the same translation...

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At 3.41, Viktor Fasth has the worst goals against average in the NHL this season, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s been the worst goaltender. (InGoal photo by Scott Slingsby)

It’s time to do away with goals against average, at least when it comes to evaluating goaltenders.

Goals against average used to be the go-to stat that everyone pointed to when trying to judge a goaltender’s performance.

It’s a hard number. It’s easy to calculate. It tells you everything you need to know about how a goalie is playing, right?

Absolutely wrong.

Goals against average was one of the first hockey statistics to be calculated. It even predates save percentage, which wasn’t officially tracked by the NHL until the 1983-1984 season.

For decades it has been the stat that every beer leaguer points to, showing how great they played. Alongside wins, it has been the reason that many goalies have walked away with the Vezina Trophy.

Heck, goals against...

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PIM -- Penalties (in) Minutes; measures how many penalty minutes a team has racked up.

A -- Assists; given to players who DIRECTLY set up a scoring play, up to the last two to touch the puck before a goal-scorer

G -- Goals; should I really have to explain that one?

Sv% -- Save percentage; percentage of shots on goal that are saved, listed as a three-digit decimal like a batting average in baseball (which means if a goalie has stopped 90% of the shots against him, his Sv% isn't 90, it's .900)

GA -- Goals against; how many goals a goaltender has given up (depending on the arena, it may also mean General Admission)

SA -- Shots against; how many shots have been taken on a goaltender

SO -- Shutouts; how many full games has the other team failed to score a goal on the goalie (could also be an abbreviation for Shootout)

OT -- I'm assuming you mean OT losses; this is how many games a team has lost either in overtime or a shootout -- a team gets an...

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In soccer (football), goals against average (GAA) is calculated as follows:
Goals Against Average = (goals against x game length) / minutes played.


If a goalie has been in net for 977 minutes, has allowed 18 goals in that time, and regulation time for the league they play in is 90 minutes per game:

18 goals against times 90 minute game length is 1,620.

1,620 divided by 977 minutes played is 1.658

Therefore, the goalie’s Goals Against Average (GAA) is is1.658

What is Goals Against Average?

Goals Against Average is a statistic in used in soccer football (as well as ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, water polo and other sports with a goalie) that is used to put a goalie’s number of goals allowed into perspective with their total playing time.
It is intended to give a measure of how many goals the goalie allows per unit of regulation game time.

It is considered one...

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DENVER — Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec could be on his way to saving the Winnipeg Jets’ season and it would seem ridiculous to think he actually took a pay cut to return to the NHL. But it’s true, right, Ondrej?

"That’s correct," said a grinning Pavelec following the Jets’ short practice at a suburban rink Friday afternoon. "There’s a price to pay, right, always to be in NHL. So I pay the price."

It works something like this: when Pavelec was demoted to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose last fall, he retained his US$4.75-million NHL salary.

What’s more, he saved the 15.5 per cent escrow deduction all NHL players must accept as a provision of the collective agreement. It allows accountants to enforce the proper division of hockey-related revenue between players and owners.

Upon returning to the Jets Jan. 17, he was once again subject to the escrow deduction.

Following practice, Jets head coach Paul Maurice confirmed he will play the hot hand by starting Pavelec...

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"You fall back to how Lou [Lamoriello] handled stuff back in the day [with the New Jersey Devils]," said Brodeur, who became the NHL's all-time leader in wins and shutouts among many other statistics playing under Lamoriello in New Jersey. "If it didn't work, well, he went down and did it himself. So I didn't really hesitate. We're doing it for the best of the team and hopefully it's going to work and we'll find the right person to get this moving the next few years after that."

The early returns show Brodeur might just know a thing or two about the goaltending position, as his 691 wins, 125 shutouts and three Stanley Cup championship rings suggest.

The Blues are 3-1-0 since the coaching change in large part because their goaltending has been a strength instead of a weakness. Allen and Hutton have allowed four goals on 113 shots for a .964 save percentage and 1.00 goals-against average in the four games.

Hutton had a 26-save shutout in a 2-0 win against the...

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Brent Burns has had a great season. You probably know that. He’s notched 57 points in 55 games, which has him in the top five in scoring in the NHL. That’s a lot of points for a defenseman, but you may not be aware of just how unusual Burns’ season has been. In fact, Burns is on pace to have the best offensive season by a defenseman in over 20 years.

High-scoring seasons for a defenseman are something of a relic. In a bygone era, defenseman getting 90, or even 100, points wasn’t super surprising. There have been 14 seasons by a defenseman where they hit the 100-point mark. However, that hasn’t happened since Brian Leetch tallied 102 points in the 1992-93 season. Only one season in the top 50 seasons by a defenseman has occurred since the 1995-96 season, and that was when Erik Karlsson registered 82 points last season.

Burns, at least as of this moment, is on pace to eclipse Karlsson. He’s on pace for 85 points, a total that hasn’t been reached since Leetch did it in...

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James Reimer is something of a rarity in the NHL this season.

The 28-year-old is among the few backup goaltenders that can play regularly at around the same level as the starter. In fact, in his first season with Florida, Reimer has almost identical numbers to Panthers No. 1 Roberto Luongo.

Luongo: 2.53 goals-against average, .919 save percentage in 33 Starts Reimer: 2.50 goals-against average, .918 save percentage in 19 Starts

The reliable backup goaltender is an especially valuable commodity in the NHL this season given the compressed schedule that sees most teams now playing every other night until mid-April. Employing one goaltender under such strain risks not only poor performance, but injury.

Big save by James Reimer:

— @Cats0ntheprowl

Bruins No. 1 Tuukka Rask, for instance, has started 44 of 55 games this year and he's not only stumbled with increasing use (.891 save percentage since Dec. 1), but had to leave a...

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Penalty shots during regulation count toward the save percentage of the goalie (and toward the shooting percentage of the shooter). See for example:

Michael Frolik scored one of four Blackhawk goals on a penalty shot. He has a 1/2 Shooting % and Jimmy Howard has a 24/28 save statistic (not 24/27 as it would be if it didn't count) and 4 GA. You can also see that a penalty shot counts against the "Even Strength Goals Against", at least if it's not during a powerplay separately from the penalty that incurs the shot - Jimmy Howard has 3 EV GA and allowed one powerplay goal to open the scoring to Hossa.

Shootout goals do not count; for example:

Andrew Hammond has a 36/38 save statistic, for .947 sv%, despite allowing 3 goals during the shootout (out of 5...

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By Jamie Fitzpatrick

Question: How are Goaltending Statistics Calculated?

Answer: Goals-Against Average
This is the number of goals allowed per 60 minutes played, rounded to two decimal points.

The Formula: multiply the number of goals allowed by 60 and divide by the total number of minutes played.

The Example: If you allowed 4 goals in 180 minutes your GAA is 1.33 (4 times 60 = 240. 240 divided by 180 = 1.33). The result suggests that for every full game you play, you allow 1.33 goals.

Do not count empty net goals or shootout goals.

Save Percentage
This number expresses a goalie's success based on the number of shots he faces.

The Formula: Divide the number saves made by the number of shots on goal. Work it out to 3 decimal places.

The Example: If you faced 45 shots and allowed 5 goals, your save percentage is .888 (40 saves divided by 45 shots = .888). The number suggests that if you were to face 1,000 shots you...

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NHL save percentage has been on a steady upward trend ever since its measurement began in...

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enalty kicks are a critical time of decision making for both the goal keeper and the penalty taker. Given that, for most professional games, the average number of goals scored is around 2.5, a penalty kick can have a major influence on the outcome of a match. Penalty kicks may reach speeds near 125 mph and is usually over within a quarter of a second. Thus, the goal keeper must make a decision on how to stop the shot before the ball is struck. Statistics show that goal keepers will most often jump to the left or right, hoping to guess correctly and place him (or her) self in a position to block the kick. Is this action by the keeper the best strategy? Research headed by Michael Bar-Eli at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel makes some interesting conclusions about how goal keepers should defend penalty kicks.

The researchers analyzed the video of 286 penalty kicks from professional leagues in Europe and South America as well as from the European Championships...

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Go Figure

An assist is awarded to the player or players (maximum of two) who touched the puck prior to the goal, provided no defender plays or possesses the puck in between.

Game Played
A player receives credit for playing in a game if i) he steps on the ice during time played or; ii) serves any penalty.

Game-Winning Goal
After the final score has been determined, the goal which leaves the winning Club one goal ahead of its opponent is the game-winning goal (example: if Team A beats Team B 8-3, the player scoring the fourth goal for Team A receives credit for the game-winning goal).

Game-Tying Goal
The final goal in a tie game.

A goal is awarded to the last player on the scoring Club to touch the puck prior to the puck entering the net.

Goals-Against Average
Multiply goals allowed (GA) by 60 and divide by minutes played (MIN).

A goaltender receives a win, tie or loss if he is...

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If one team wins in overtime by a 1-0 score.The goalie that got the win is credited with the shutout.But if it goes to a shootout.Both goaltenders on both teams are awarded the shutout.And the 1-0 score is decided for the win and secondary point.

The losing goalkeeper will not be charged with the extra goal against.

An assist is awarded to the player or players (maximum of two) who touched the puck prior to the goal, provided no defender plays or possesses the puck in between.

Game Played
A player receives credit for playing in a game if: i) he steps on the ice during time played or; ii) serves any penalty.

Game-Winning Goal
After the final score has been determined, the goal which leaves the winning Club one goal ahead of its opponent is the game-winning goal (example: if Team A beats Team B 8-3, the player scoring the fourth goal for...

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