January 28 2015 09:00AM
About a month ago I wrote about the Flames' powerplay differential. In it, I spoke about how the Flames were excellent at drawing penalties while taking few on their own which was leading to them being up an advantaged player more often in games than their opponents. At the time, the Flames were second to Chicago in terms of their penalty differential and they now find themselves in first. As well, at the time of the article, the Flames were clicking at above 20% on the PP and since have dropped off a cliff.
December 23 2014 09:00AM
The Flames currently find themselves in dire straits. While starting the season off with a bang with 17 wins in their first 26 games, they’ve now come crashing back to earth and lost eight straight. Was the hot string at the start of the season all luck? Smokes and mirrors that have all evaporated into nothing? Probably. But there is a consistent trend that has persisted for the majority of the season that might give a fan a little hope that they won't Oilers themselves off a cliff. That being the powerplay.
Let me explain…
October 12 2014 12:31PM
The data collection for the NHL's new fancy stat motion has been impressive and is getting more detailed and helpful by the day. There was always one thing missing for me ... advanced stats, or any stats at all, on line combinations. Matt Pfeffer changed this through his website www.progressivehockey.com. The site includes many of the pertinent stats of today (Corsi, Fenwick, WOWY, Usage, etc.) but it is also the first website that I've come across that has advanced stats on forward line combinations and d-pairings.
September 10 2014 08:30AM
Zone entries, while in their infancy, are the next big wave of advanced hockey stats that are going to shape our understanding of possession-numbers. Teams remain curious but cautious about corsi and fenwick stats, but I have yet to hear a team that doesn't see immense value in zone entry stats. The only problem ... they're not readily available. Corey Sznajder, of Carolina Hurricanes blog 'Shutdown Line', has spent his summer ever so greatly manually tracking zone entries for the 2013-14 and was kind enough to provide FN a sample of the first half (49 games) of the 2013-14 Flames.
You can follow Corey's great work at www.shutdownline.com or on twitter: @ShutdownLine. As well, if you'd like to help fund this wonderful project of his, here's the link: www.gofundme.com/allthreezones
September 01 2014 08:30AM
Finally, Johnny Gaudreau is set to turn pro. The tiny winger (5’7’’ and 150 pounds) is the Flames’ smallest prospect, but also by far and away their most skilled. Everything Gaudreau has done so far suggests he’s an elite player in very elite company (see here and here). He’s proven everything he’s needed to at the junior and college level. His options are the NHL or the AHL. Where does he end up and what can we expect?