I was in the process of putting together the best and worst teams since 2000 in terms of shooting and save percentage and found something interesting. All of goals, shots on target and total shots have increased since 2000.
|Season||Goals||Shots on target||Total shots||Sh%||Sv%|
*The numbers for 2010-11 are projected based on the 298 games played to 22Mar11
I’ve also plotted the 380 game moving average (to represent a full seasons worth of data) for all of the parameters in the table
Whilst there are large increases in shots on target and total shots, the number of goals has only increasing slightly. This has due to a large increase in save percentage, with a huge increase during the 2002-03 season.
It’s an interesting trend that could be caused by a number of factors including better defensive play or players shooting from more difficult positions (further from goal, sharper angles). I’d like to be able to explain why there was such a sharp increase in 2002-03 though as there has been a much smaller increase in the years since then.