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12-22-2011, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
The unofficial save percentage numbers certainly enrich our understanding, but they need to be taken with an even bigger grain of salt that the current official ones, in my opinion.

As an unofficial stat, I would imagine that "saves" was no more standardized than "hits" is today.
I don't know that it became any more standardized after it became an official stat. Player shot totals had been counted for a long time before that. The only difference was that in 1982 they finally decided to track the same stat for goalies as shots against, instead of only doing it with players as shots for. I don't believe anything changed as far as the league deciding what constituted a shot, it was always at the discretion of the home scorekeeper.

Of course there was always some variance from arena to arena, and allegations of bias against certain teams doctoring the shot totals to make their team look better, but that didn't change in 1982.

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