Save percentage is a statistic in sports with a goalie (for example hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer (football) and water polo) that is used to put a goalie’s number of saves comparison with the number of shots they have faced.It is intended to give a measure of how many goals the goalie allows for each shot that they face.
It is considered one statics among some other ones, including win/loss ratio and goals against average that are used to measure a goalie’s capability.
Save Percentage is calculated as follows:
Save Percentage = saves/shots against.
If a goalie has faced 419 shots and made 388 saves: 388 saves divided by 419 shots is 0.926.
Therefore, the goalie’s save percentage is 0.926.
What counts as a “save”?
A “save” is considered to be a shot on goal that is stopped by the goaltender.
What counts as a shot?
A “shot” is a shot that directs the puck towards the net and is either stopped by the goaltender or goes in the net. A shot that is blocked by another player is recorded as a blocked shot and is not included in the shot total.
A shot that misses the net or hits the crossbar is not recorded as a shot, but as a “missed shot.”
- Wikipedia – Save Percentage
- Wikipedia – Shot on Goal (Ice Hockey)
- Wikipedia – Save (Goaltender)
- NHL – Official NHL Rules
- IIHF – IIHF Rule Book
- FIFA – Laws of the Game
- International Hockey Federation (Field Hockey) – Rule of Hockey
- FINA – Water Polo Rules & Regulations
- TSN – Goalie Statistics
- QuantHockey – NHL Goalie All Time Leader Statistics