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Defensive Zone Starts DZ%

What is Defensive Zone Starts DZ%?

A statistic in hockey that measures the number of times and percentage of faceoffs that a player is on the ice for that occur in the defensive zone. Defensive Zone Starts (OZ%) is calculated by taking the total number of faceoffs the player is on the ice for in the defensive zone and dividing by the total number of faceoffs the player is on the ice for.

Sporting Charts explains Defensive Zone Starts - DZ%

Defensive Zone Starts is a usage metric that gives an indication to how the player is being utilized by their team where players with high DZ% are considered to be more defensively used players as they are starting more often in the defensive zone with the goal of producing defensively.

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