In sports, a **winning percentage** is the fraction of games or matches a team or individual has won. It is equal to wins divided by wins plus losses. Winning percentage is one way to compare the record of two teams; however, another standard method most frequently used in baseball and professional basketball standings is games behind.

- $ \mathrm{Winning}\ \mathrm{percentage} = \frac{\mathrm{Wins}}{\mathrm{Total}\ \mathrm{games}} $

Ties count as a game and should be calculated as neither a loss nor a tie.

### National Hockey LeagueEdit

In ice hockey, standings are determined by points, not wins, changing the nature of this statistic. In the National Hockey League, teams are awarded two points for a win, and one point for either a tie (a discontinued statistic) or an overtime loss. Since this calculation is not based solely on wins, the statistic is called **points percentage**.^{[1]}^{[2]} It can be calculated as follows:

- $ \mathrm{Points}\ \mathrm{percentage} = \frac{\mathrm{Points}}{\mathrm{Total}\ \mathrm{possible}\ \mathrm{points}} $

Points % | Wins | Losses | Ties | Points | Season | Team | Comments |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

0.825 | 60 | 8 | 12 | 132 | 1976–77 | Montreal Canadiens | best points % in post-expansion NHL |

0.131 | 8 | 67 | 5 | 21 | 1974–75 | Washington Capitals | worst points % in post-expansion NHL |

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