Puck Prospectus: Do more shots on goal mean more points in the standings?

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Puck Prospectus Column on November 27, 2009 — No Comments

Did you know that the Toronto Maple Leafs are first in the NHL in shots on goal per game?  No, really, that is the truth.  So, this almost certainly is not a bad thing.  However, just how important is it to get a lot of shots on goal?

Let’s examine whether more shots on goal generally means more points in the standings:

Using the Pearson Correlation Coefficient, the findings establish that there is a 0.48 correlation between shots on goal and accumulating points in the standings since the lockout. This, while not the strongest of correlations, is still fairly significant. Overall, the above numbers suggest that a higher number of shots on goal will generally lead to a higher ranking in the standings.

Read the entire article here.