How many shots attempted result in a puck finding the back of the net?
For the 2018-19 season, the Nashville Predators had 2678 Shots on goal.
They scored 236 goals . . . 8.8% success.
I’ve watched a lot of Hockey this year, and have been fascinated by the seemingly zero correlation between shots attempted and goals scored in any given game. Some games will have 40+ shots with not much showing on the score board, while others shoot minimally and rack up double digit points.
As much as we’d like to say it boils down to luck or skill or divine intervention, there’s no rhyme or reason at the end of the game.
When the coaches and players answer the question: “Why didn’t you win this game?” the answer is usually something along the lines of: “Well – This just wasn’t our night.”
These are the best Hockey Players on the planet. Should we expect better results? Is it good enough that they did their best given the circumstances?
I’m betting Hockey players need lots of therapy. They’re VERY competitive by nature as evidenced by the sheer physicality of the game. Unbridled passion that often yields insignificant results.
When you’re playing YOUR game, what are your standards for results?
Are your expectations of yourself and your team realistic?
Is there room for “This just wasn’t our day?”
Don’t be so hard on yourself . . .