Anybody know where the Faceoff Dot is?

TORONTO ON - AUGUST 18: Jonathan Huberdeau #12 (white) takes a face-off where new face-off violation lines were tested by the NHL during an on-ice session at the 2010 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series on August 18 2010 in Toronto Canada. (Photo by Matthew Manor/Getty Images)

One thing I've noticed is that the NHL's official scorers aren't quite sure.  Here's a plot of reported faceoff locations over the last ten seasons: 

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What a mess!  Not only are the scorers not even sure where center ice is located, but they have all kinds of phantom faceoffs in the middle of the offensive zone and in the corners - in some cases behind the goal line!

So which rinks are particularly bad at finding the dot?  Five arenas reported at least double the number of phantom faceoffs as the sixth-place spot:

 

Arena Phantom%
ATL 31.66
BUF 24.51
PHI 24.14
LAK 23.05
ANA 16.06

 

I can accept that it's difficult to get shot locations exactly right on the fly, but faceoffs?  It's time for these scorers to shape up or ship out!

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