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Goalie Save Percentage Calculator

Created by Mariamy Chrdileli
Reviewed by Anna Szczepanek, PhD and Adena Benn
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024

Welcome to the goalie save percentage calculator, a simple tool that you can use to determine the percentage of shots the goalie successfully saves.

Whether you're a hockey fan, a player, or a coach, this tool can help you better understand this critical statistic and its significance in evaluating a goalie's performance. Come along to get clear answers to some of the hockey goalie save percentage-related questions, such as:

  • What is the hockey save percentage;
  • How do I calculate the save percentage;
  • What is a good NHL goalie save percentage; and more.

Save percentage in hockey

Save percentage (SV%) is a statistical measure that determines the percentage or the ratio of saves by a goaltender (goalie) relative to the shots made by the opposing team. Although the measure contains the "percentage" in its name, it is sometimes expressed as a decimal (e.g., 0.9077) but can be expressed as an actual percentage as well (e.g., 90.77%).

In National Hockey League (NHL), goalie save percentage is a good measure for evaluating a goalie's performance since it is a quantifiable metric showing the goalie's ability to defend the team's net successfully. Keep reading to find out how to calculate hockey goalie save percentage.

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Goalie save percentage formula

The formula for calculating a hockey goalie's save percentage is as follows:

SV%=savesshots\text{SV\%} = \frac{\text{saves}}{\text{shots}}

In this equation:

SV% – Save percentage;
saves – The number of saves by the goalie; and
shots – The number of shots against the goalie.

If you want your index to be expressed as a percentage, you can multiply the result by 100!

Now that you know how to calculate the save percentage, let's discuss an example. Imagine an ice hockey game where the goalie faces 65 shots from the opposing team. πŸ’ Out of those 65, the goalie manages to save 59. To determine the save percentage, divide the number of saves (59) by the total shots faced (65). Meaning the goalie's save percentage is approximately 0.9077 or 90.77%.

πŸ™‹ While you're here, check out the Omni fielding percentage calculator, a valuable tool in baseball to determine the percentage of times a defensive player correctly handles a batted or thrown ball.

How does the goalie save percentage calculator work?

Using the NHL goalie save percentage calculator is quite simple and consists of two steps:

  1. Enter the number of saves by the goalie; exclude missed shots, blocked shots by a player, or saves from a shootout.
  2. Enter the number of shots against the goalie; include both goals and saves and exclude missed shots, blocked shots by a player, or shots from a shootout.

In the end, our hokey save percentage calculator will determine the SV%!


What is a good NHL save percentage?

Generally, a good save percentage is approximately 0.915 (91.5%) or higher. On the other hand, a save percentage lower than 0.9 (90%) is considered below average. However, when noting the save percentage, it's essential to consider the context of the game, such as the overall skill level of the league.

How do I calculate a goalie's save percentage?

To calculate a goalie's save percentage, you can follow the next steps:

  1. Divide the number of saves by the number of shots against the goalie.
  2. Multiply the number by 100 to get the percentage.
  3. That's all! You have now calculated the goalie save percentage.

What is the save percentage if the shots were 50 and saves were 46?

If there were 50 shots against the goalie during the hockey game, and he managed to save 46 of those shots, then the save percentage is 0.92 or 92%, which is usually significantly above the league average.

What measures are used to evaluate a goalie's performance in hockey?

Some of the measures that are used to evaluate a goalie's performance in hokey include:

  • Save percentage – The percentage of shots the goalie successfully saves;
  • Quality starts – Whether the save percentage of the game is higher than the median save percentage for the league; and
  • Goals saved above average – The number of goals saved by a goalie against the average league goalie.
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