Chance of winning an offensive face-off is 55%
I just discovered JavaGeek's hockey blog, and I was going through his archives, when I discovered this: the chance of winning a faceoff in the offensive zone is 55%.
How come? Why isn't it 50%, considering that includes both teams? What's special about the way the offensive team takes the faceoff that would give it such a large advantage?
JavaGeek, do you know?
UPDATE: it's not 55%, it's 50.9%. See JavaGeek's comment below.