When the faceoff stat is collected in the NHL, can there be a draw?


It is always possible to define a faceoff winner, because the definition of a faceoff win is simply whichever team first has possession of the puck (a brief possession is sufficient, anything longer than a deflection). That must happen following a faceoff, so you can always declare a winner.

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  • Unfortunately I couldn't find a source for this - nobody explains the stat officially. – Joe Nov 18 '15 at 5:03
  • As a edge case, what would happen if there was a faceoff with (say) 0.1s left and the puck went off down the ice without anyone touching it? – Philip Kendall Nov 18 '15 at 14:10
  • @PhilipKendall My feeling is that it would still be awarded as a win to the team whose side it went to - but like I said, I can't find any evidence of an official rule. It may simply be up to the official scorer for the game (and hockey is like basketball - the official scorer tends to have a huge home team bias...) – Joe Nov 18 '15 at 14:51

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