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Even Strength

What is Even Strength?

In hockey, a situation in which both teams have an even number of players on the ice, but neither team is at full strength.

Sporting Charts explains Even Strength

Although the NHL uses the term "even strength" in scoring and statistics to indicate both teams at full strength, this term is generally used to describe instances when both teams are minus the same amount of players on the ice, usually due to penalties. Matchups of even strength are either 4-on-4 or 3-on-3. When any penalties expire or a goal is made against a short-handed team, that team returns to full strength.

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