Save percentage is the percentage of saves a goalie makes to the number of shots made on the goal.
A higher save percentage is a sign of a goalie that allows few shots into the net. A lower save percentage is a sign of a goalie that allows a lot of shots into the net.
Save Percentage = saves/shots against.
- A “save” is a shot on the goal that the goaltender stops.
- A “shot” is a shot that directs the puck towards the net and is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net. The shot total does not include shots blocked by another player and shots that miss the net.
A goalie has faced 219 shots and made 192 saves.
192 saves divided by 219 shots is 0.877.
Therefore, this goalie’s save percentage is 0.877, or 87.7%.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Sv% in hockey?
- “Sv%” stands for “Save Percentage” is is the percentage of shots on goal that the goalie stops.
- How do you calculate save percentage?
- Save percentage is the number of saves divided by the number of shots (not including blocked or missed shots).
- What is a good Save Percentage in hockey?
- NHL goaltenders often have a save percentage over .900 (90%).
- Wikipedia – Save Percentage & Goaltender– Wikipedia’s definition of Save Percentage and a Goaltender.
- Rule Books for the NHL and the IIHF include definitions for terminology such as “goals.”
- NHL Goalie Statistics from the NHL, TSN, ESPN, SportsNet, and Hockey-Reference.com, and QuantHockey (Includes All-Time Leaders)