April 27 2016 08:00AM
I had made some basic predictions at the beginning of the season, and this follows up on those initial estimates, so let’s begin.
The Flames’ season began under some peculiar circumstances. The team was coming off a Cinderella season where they not only made the playoffs but won their opening round against the rival Canucks. Yet management was quick to suggest that this was not going to be an explicit expectation again this season but that they would instead continue their rebuilding efforts apace the initial timetable. Otherwise, they would let the chips fall where they may.
Fans however, given last season’s phenomenal output and the anticipated addition of players like Michael Frolik, Dougie Hamilton and Sam Bennett, may have been excused for being a little more bullish on their team’s prospects.
April 21 2016 10:12AM
It is mid-April and after a difficult and disappointing season marred by injuries throughout the lineup, the Edmonton Oilers are looking at a top end draft pick and facing some significant roster changes under their new General Manager.
Is it 2010 or 2016?
April 18 2016 11:00AM
At the beginning of the season I decided to take a look at the Flames’ chances for the year in contrast to their two Pacific division rivals, the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
Today we begin the final analysis, or to be more precise for these teams, the end-of-season autopsy.
We’re beginning with the Canucks, who's disastrous season is likely to usher in some significant changes this summer. Or at the very least set the stage for major changes to come should they falter again next season.
This season I tracked not only the individual progress of each player but also tracked the team save percentage, possession metrics, goal differential, and individual goalie performances based on save percentages.
April 01 2016 12:00PM
I think something has finally snapped in me.
For over thirty years I have cheered, celebrated and supported the team on the north end of the QE2.
I’ve followed them through ups and downs and then what was supposed to be a whole lot more up.
But the up never came. In fact, it seemed my team found new and previously unexplored depths.
Like a stone washed by a thousand thousand tides, I have been worn thin by the relentless drudgery of my hockey team.
January 17 2016 11:00AM
We’ve arrived at the Flames’ update at last. Our previous two, the Canucks and Oilers, reviewed the progress of the roster players, possession metrics, sv%’s and various other metrics used to track a team.
For those interested, here's the pre-season look at the Flames.
The Flames had a tough start to the season and I suppose I could save you reading through this article by just summarizing the first few months by saying they looked lost early and were sunk by atrocious goaltending but appear now to be rounding into something resembling an NHL team.
However, let’s see if we can’t do a little better than that.