December 08 2014 08:30AM
At the beginning of the season I took a look at the Flames and ran some numbers like sh%, ppg pace, historical games played and the like. Using that information I estimated the number of games played, estimated sh%, sv%, and so on for the Flames players.
Most times we stop at the quarter-points of the season to assess a team. I’m choosing to stop at the one-third marker in order to provide a larger sample size and to try to bridge some of the borders that exists within a season, to blur the edges so to speak, so that the data may have a bit more applicability to the larger season rather than being a snapshot of the here and now.
November 11 2014 08:35AM
Editor's Note: Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States. So we're taking a brief intermission from outright hockey talk and engaging in a look back with our pal Rex.
This past summer marked
the centennial anniversary of the beginning of the Great War, what
would later come to be called World War I. Coverage of the various
observances and speeches to mark that date dominated much of the news
cycle of August, when it wasn’t focusing on outbreaks of Ebola in West
Africa; conflict, annexation and military brinkmanship in the
Ukraine; and the rise of an ideological pseudo-state in central Iraq
and Eastern Syria.
September 29 2014 10:25AM
Recall my earlier article back in August about the changing world of sports journalism and something I had remarked on in regards to the misconception amongst some in the media about the intention of advanced analytics. Here is what I wrote: Nobody, at least not a single person I can find, is suggesting that advanced analytics should be used as a sole source for all hockey decisions. Instead, they are being suggested as a complement to aid in separating the signal from the noise, when it comes to reviewing games or making player asset decisions.
Well, in the spirit of the season (training camp and roster projections, that is) I decided to try and do just that. I’m going to draw up a roster made up entirely of some of the strongest players in various advanced stats categories, and keep it all under the current salary cap, and see what sort of team we end up with.The purpose of this is to illustrate what a numerically-chosen roster might look like and offer up some real names that we can then discuss.
September 20 2014 09:00AM
That's TJ Brodie when he was drafted by the Flames. He represents the last drafted-and-developed Flames blueliner. Prior to him you have Tim Erixon and Dion Phaneuf, neither really counts because Erixon never played for the Flames per se and Phaneuf, by dint of the lost lockout season and his own talent level, arrived more or less plug-and-play at the NHL level.
Looking back at the Young Stars tournament I felt there was a noticeable gap between the quality of forward prospects that the Flames have acquired versus the defense. This spurred me to take a closer look at the Flames’ defensive prospects and try to determine the overall strength of this area of organizational prospect depth.
September 11 2014 02:15PM
The Young Stars Tournament opens on Friday and while we're taking a good look at all of this from a Flames perspective, our resident Oilers expert RexLibris has compiled a look at the next most-interesting group of prospects around - the dastardly Edmonton Oilers. Know your enemy, folks.
As you are all aware, this year's Young Stars tournament is set to start Friday, Sept 12th.
The schedule looks like this:
GAME TEAMS DATE TIME
Game 1 Calgary vs Winnipeg Sept. 12 4:00 pm
Game 2 Vancouver vs Edmonton Sept. 12 7:30 pm
Game 3 Calgary vs Edmonton Sept. 13 7:30 pm
Game 4 Vancouver vs Winnipeg Sept. 14 2:00 pm
Game 5 Penticton Vees’ Exhibition Sept. 14 5:30 pm
Game 6 Edmonton vs Winnipeg Sept. 15 11:30 am
Game 7 Vancouver vs Calgary Sept. 15 5:30 pm*
*line brawl scheduled for 5:38pm or immediately following national anthem