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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.

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


National Hockey League

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:

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
  1. Career Leaders and Records for Points Percentage (Goalie). Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved on 24 May 2009.
  2. 2008–2009 – REGULAR SEASON – SUMMARY – POINT PERCENTAGE. NHL.com. Retrieved on 24 May 2009.
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