How Does Fantasy Hockey Scoring Work?

By Kacey Kroh, Abshier House, Abshier House

Fantasy Hockey is scored similarly to all the other fantasy sport leagues. If you are thinking about joining or creating a league, then you need to know a little bit on how to score the game. The game can be scored in one of three formats:

  • Win/Loss — With a Win/Loss format the players are scored either a win point or loss point in each applicable category. The points are totaled at the end of the league’s season to determine the winner.

  • Win/Loss One Win — With the Win/Loss One Win format, the players are each scored as in a regular Win/Loss formant but instead of totaling everything for the end of the season, each game is totaled, and the players’ averages determine whether they get one win point or one loss point.

  • Points — If your league is using a point system format, the points vary depending on the statistic category in which rare occurring stats are worth more points than the more common stats.

If your team is using the point system; make sure to fully understand what points apply to which statistics. Since point values vary, it is really easy to mess up your totals during gameplay.

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After you understand which of these three formats your league uses then you need to understand how to apply these scores to your players.

To apply your points or wins and losses to your players, you need to know what format your team is playing and what stats are being followed. In most standard leagues, all 30 statistical categories are used, and these stats are listed as follows:

Statistic Abbreviation Players who qualify
Goals G Forwards and Defensemen
Assists A Forwards and Defensemen
Points (Goals + Assists) P Forwards and Defensemen
Plus/Minus +/– Forwards and Defensemen
Penalty Minutes PIM Forwards and Defensemen
Powerplay Goals PPG Forwards and Defensemen
Powerplay Assists PPA Forwards and Defensemen
Powerplay Points PPP Forwards and Defensemen
Shorthanded Goals SHG Forwards and Defensemen
Shorthanded Assists SHA Forwards and Defensemen
Shorthanded Points SHP Forwards and Defensemen
Game-Winning Goals GWG Forwards and Defensemen
Game-Tying Goals GTG Forwards and Defensemen
Shots on Goal SOG Forwards and Defensemen
Shooting Percentage SH% Forwards and Defensemen
Faceoffs Won FW Forwards and Defensemen
Faceoffs Lost FL Forwards and Defensemen
Hits HIT Forwards and Defensemen
Blocks BLK Forwards and Defensemen
Games Started GS Goaltenders/Goalies
Wins W Goaltenders/Goalies
Losses L Goaltenders/Goalies
Goals Against GA Goaltenders/Goalies
Goals Against Average GAA Goaltenders/Goalies
Shots Against SA Goaltenders/Goalies
Seconds Played SEC Goaltenders/Goalies
Saves SV Goaltenders/Goalies
Save Percentage SV% Goaltenders/Goalies
Shutouts SHO Goaltenders/Goalies
Total Standard Deviation Total All players qualify

In a standard league you score your six Forwards (two Left Wings, two Centers, and two Right Wings) and four Defensemen on the 20 applicable categories, and your two goalies on those 11 applicable categories.

In a head-to head league you only have to score these 12 players. If you use a bench (rotisserie style format) you rotate players off of the bench (usually 3–6 players) and only score the players who are active in your roster for that game. Bench rotations can be either daily or weekly. Check with your league commissioner to verify your league’s format.

Most custom leagues score on a smaller stat system. Sometimes they add their own stats, and sometimes they just use fewer of the same stats as listed. Pay attention to your team’s players and what stats your league uses, and you will be strolling down easy street in no time!