Fancy Stats 8-Game Check-In

Ryan Pike
October 23 2014 01:57AM

Folks, eight games are in the books for the Calgary Flames, which means we're approximately 10% of the way through the regular-season schedule. In addition to realizing how quickly the season actually flies by, it's a chance to take a quick (and very preliminary) glance at the analytics behind the Flames successes and struggles thus far.

And remember the oft-repeated mantra of the analytics community: "sample size!" It's just 8 games - 6 of which were on the road. Take these numbers for a small sample of a long, long season and with the appropriate shaker-full of salt.

Percentage stats are all even-strength, except for zone entries (which is more of a tendencies measure than a possession stat). Only players who have played 5 or more games have been included here, so this excludes defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Josh Jooris, David Jones, Brian McGrattan and Devin Setoguchi.

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WWYDW: Who Stays/Goes When Jones Returns?

Ryan Pike
October 22 2014 02:00PM

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Welcome to the latest edition of What Would You Do Wednesdays, a feature here on FlamesNation where you - the reader - are put in charge of the Calgary Flames.

This week's edition features a problem that will have to be dealt with by the Flames in short order - what to do when David Jones is medically cleared. Jones practiced with the team yesterday and is likely progressing to a return in short order, perhaps even on this home-stand.

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Dynamite Night for Calder Trophy Candidates

Steve Macfarlane
October 22 2014 11:04AM

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The odds-on favourite for the Calder Trophy is the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Jonathan Drouin.

Calgary Flames darkhorse Johnny Gaudreau, though, won’t be an underdog for long if he keeps getting on the nightly highlight reel.

The way Gaudreau is progressing, it’s just a matter of time before those who omitted him in their preseason Calder predictions add him to their list of frontrunners and give the Flames hope for their first rookie of the year since Sergei Makarov in 1990.

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Post-Game: Missed It By That Much

Ryan Pike
October 21 2014 10:28PM

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The Calgary Flames returned home from their mega-trip on Tuesday evening, hoping to gain their first taste of victory on home ice. Despite some strong goaltending, some slick scoring and keeping the dangerous Tampa Bay Lightning at bay for the bulk of the game, they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at the Saddledome.

They got a point, which is pretty okay I suppose, but after playing as well as they did for 57 minutes, they have to be disappointed with the loss.

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FGD #8: Old Frenemies (7pm; SN Flames)

Ryan Pike
October 21 2014 11:38AM

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Tonight, the World Series begins in Kansas City. That town's team, the Royals, was cannon-fodder in the American League until this year, when they emerged as a scrappy, underdog club that basically willed themselves into the playoffs with an excellent last stretch that catapulted them from the proverbial outhouse to the penthouse, to to speak.

The last time the Calgary Flames resembled such a club was a decade ago, when their championship quest was snuffed by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who visit the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight. The Lightning have been excellent since last season, but somehow - somehow - dropped a 3-2 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Chock it up to a strong effort from the boys up north - or a team potentially looking past a stretch of games against a few of the league's weak sisters.

Either way, expect the Saddledome to be more full of emotion than it usually is against the old Southeast Division. There's something about yanking away a Stanley Cup like Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown that causes grudges to form. The puck drops at 7pm MT and the game airs on Sportsnet Flames (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The Fan (radio).

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