Is there a correlation between face-off percentage and winning since the lockout?

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on November 5, 2009 — 1 Comment

This week for Puck Prospectus, I examined whether face-off percentage correlated to winning since the lockout of 2004-05.

Here is an excerpt:

Of the top ten teams in terms of points, five of them finished in the top ten in faceoff percentage over that same period. There are some interesting findings here. Aside from the top ten, faceoff percentage really does not seem to be indicative of success. Of the middle ten teams in total points, five of these teams finished in the bottom third in the NHL in faceoff percentage over the same period. Additionally, four of the bottom eleven teams in points finished with faceoff percentages in the top ten over that same period.

Read the entire article here.

  • Surprising, I would have assumed that face-off % would directly correspond with winning %. As a coach of minor hockey I stress face-off wins but I have never done the math. Thanks