Post-Game: Hurricanes Blown Out

Ryan Pike
October 23 2014 10:07PM

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The Carolina Hurricanes came into Calgary looking for their first win. Calgary was hoping for their first win at home. Carolina is playing with a depleted line-up. Calgary is relatively healthy.

Tonight's game unfolded more or less as you'd hope it would. Calgary didn't give the Hurricanes a kicking like they did Edmonton last March, but they played a responsible 60 minutes of hockey against a lesser opponent and out-played and out-classed the Hurricanes by a 5-0 score.

The Hurricanes remain the only NHL club without a win. Calgary creeps above .500 with a 5-3-1 record through 9 games.

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FGD #9: Winless Canes Blow Into Town (7pm MT, SN Flames)

Ryan Pike
October 23 2014 01:01PM

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After suffering a defeat at the hands of the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, the Calgary Flames (4-3-1) are still looking for their first home win of the 2014-15 season. They get a golden opportunity tonight as the winless Carolina Hurricanes (0-3-2) are visiting.

The puck drops on the second game of this current five-game homestand at 7pm MT, with the game available for your listening pleasure on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and for viewing on Sportsnet Flames.

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Five things: Deeply disappointing

Ryan Lambert
October 23 2014 09:00AM

1. A bad start

The Flames have started the year as a club that has gone better than .500, winning nine points from its first eight games, including the overtime loss on Tuesday night.

This cannot be seen as acceptable.

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Flames 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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