Saturday, November 11, 2006

Help a Girl Out

Can anyone here explain the difference between a shot and a scoring chance? I thought a shot was any shot that goes on net, but how can you have more shots than scoring chances? Wouldn't any shot on net have a chance of going in the net? I noticed at one point during tonight's game we had 4 shots and 3 scoring chances and I'm not sure how that happens.

Let me give everyone a tip for playing against the Sabres. Put us on a 5-3 powerplay. Seriously, I don't know what happens, but for that minute, minute and a half where we have a two man advantage everything falls apart. Passes don't connect, pucks get turned over, odd man rushes against us are created. It's very bizarre.

4 comments:

Shan said...

One could argue that not every shot really has much of a chance of beating the goalie. Also a shot that hits the outside of the post doesn't have a chance.

Rebecca said...

A shot that hits the outside of the post actually doesn't count as a shot (or else the Caps would outshoot a lot more teams). The rule is that a shot is anything that would go in the net were the goalie not standing there. A scoring chance is usually something that a goalie really has to work to keep out, as opposed to something that just hits the emblem on his jersey. I think.

Anonymous said...

In my dummy-terms, which is what I reduce most of my hockey comprehension to for my own sanity:

Shot on goal = anytime the puck connects with the goalie.

Scoring chance = puck shoulda-woulda-coulda gone in, and didn't.

Maybe.

Anonymous said...

well, okay so not anytime the puck connects with the goalie, but when someone SHOOTS it at the goalie... maybe. I don't know. I tried looking in the rule book for an official answer and didn't find one. Maybe I'll locate one later.