Home Plate Save Percentage

posted Aug 20, 2014, 4:46 AM by Robert Vollman
Introduced in the 2014 edition of Hockey Abstract, home plate save percentage is each goalie's save percentage on shots taken exclusively inside the home plate area. The home plate area extends from the goal posts to the faceoff dots, then directly up to the top of the faceoff circle, and then joined together. It forms a shape not unlike baseball's home plate. Typically these shots are far more dangerous than those taken outside.

The attached data shows every goalie's save percentage inside and outside the home plate area for the 2011-12, 2012-13, and 2013-14 seasons combined, using data sourced from Greg Sinclair's Super Shot Search. Remember that shot distance is not recorded consistently from one city to another, resulting in a great portion of shots recorded as having been taken inside the home plate area for some teams than for others.

Note: in Hockey Abstract 2014, the save percentage data for shots taken outside the home plate area was accidentally swapped in the cases of Nikolai Khabibulin with Mike Smith, Victor Fasth with Antti Niemi, and Josh Harding with Ilya Bryzgalov.
Robert Vollman,
Aug 20, 2014, 4:47 AM