# Save percentage

**Save percentage** (often known by such symbols as **SV%**, **SVS%**, **SVP**, **PCT**) is a statistic in many sports that track *saves* as a statistic.

In ice hockey and lacrosse, it’s a statistic that represents the percentage of shots on goal a goaltender stops. It is calculated by dividing the number of saves by the total number of shots on goal.

Although the statistic is called "save *percentage*", it is given as a decimal (in the same way as an on-base percentage in baseball). Thus, *.933* means a goaltender saved 93.3 percent of all shots they faced. National Hockey League goaltenders typically have a save percentage above .900, and National Lacrosse League goaltenders typically have a save percentage above .750. In ice hockey internationally, a save percentage is expressed as a true percentage (e.g. 90%), not a decimal.

Save percentage applies in an analogous way to goalkeepers in association football.

Save percentage in baseball applies to relief pitchers, particularly closers. This is the quotient of the number of successful saves and the number of save opportunities.

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