Faceoff Breakdown - Round 1

Ryan Pike
April 27 2015 03:00PM

One man who is being heavily praised by Flames fans and pundits after the series' end is Matt Stajan. Not only did Stajan score the series-clinching goal, he also was crucial in shutting down the Sedins in the six-game series.

One huge way he shut down the Sedins was his face-off dominance, as Stajan had the highest face-off winning percentage of any regular center in the series.

A full breakdown is after the jump!

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Do Giordano (or Brodie) Merit Norris Consideration?

Ryan Pike
April 27 2015 12:00PM

While the regular season is becoming a faint memory due to the craziness of the playoffs, the annual awards nominations are gradually trickling out from the regular season.

Today?

Two Calgary Flames defenders have factored into Norris discussions: Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie.

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They Advanced: How The Heck Did That Happen?

Ryan Pike
April 27 2015 10:00AM

In a season that keeps getting more and more interesting - and has remained pretty interesting to watch and write about - the Calgary Flames have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by virtue of their conquering of the Vancouver Canucks.

They capped off their six-game victory with a whirlwind 7-4 win over the Canucks on Saturday night.

In a season where many pundits, observers and even a fair number of fans expected the Flames to be "Connor McDavid Bad," they've advanced further into the post-season then they have in over a decade.

How the heck did that happen!?

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The Numbers Round-Up - Round 1

Ryan Pike
April 26 2015 01:00PM

The first round is over and the Calgary Flames have dispatched the Vancouver Canucks.

How did they do it?

Well, they were pretty damn good at home, not very good in Vancouver, and managed to do their best to minimize the effectiveness of the Sedins in the confines of the Saddledome.

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Saying goodbye to the first year of Sam Bennett's ELC isn't necessarily a bad thing

arii
April 26 2015 11:00AM

If, for some bizarre reason, you want to be a pessimist and find negativity following the Flames' vanquishing of the Vancouver Canucks and advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, there is one thing you can point to.

Playoff games count against entry-level contracts.

Sam Bennett is in the first year of such an entry-level contract.

That contract will slide as long as he plays fewer than nine NHL games.

Sam Bennett has now played seven NHL games, and his team is guaranteed another four.

Sam Bennett is, in all likelihood, playing in those four (or more!) games.

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