FGD: The Home Stretch Begins (7pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 30 2014 11:51AM

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We begin the next seven days with 40 players on the Calgary Flames active roster. By the end of, there will be just 23 and we'll be ready for the season's kick-off.

The beginning of the end of camp kicks off tonight with a return pre-season engagement between the Flames (3-2-0) and the Colorado Avalanche (0-4-1) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Flames/Canucks Scoring Chances

Ryan Pike
September 29 2014 02:23PM

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Last week's pair of games between Vancouver and Calgary were good times, as they provided a chance to see Sam Bennett against (mostly) NHL rosters and test his mettle. Additionally, the nice folks at Sportsnet televised the games, which also provided a nice chance to get a training camp edition of Scoring Chances going. (The Hockeyviille game was also televised, but there weren't any NHL reports - "real" stats reporting takes five guys and three computers, so I'm not shocked that the 900-seat arena in Sylvan Lake couldn't support it.)

Beware: Calgary iced a good roster against Vancouver's B-team at home, while Vancouver's A-listers faced Calgary's Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-Players at Rogers Arena.

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September 29 2014 12:06PM

Ah it’s been quite a week. First we got to announce Jeanshorts is joining the Nation Network full time to head up our new video department. Then last Thursday we told you that The Royal Half has joined the Nation Network as our first American team site.

And now today the grand daddy of them all: we have purchased the immensely popular HockeyFights.com, making it the 9th site in the Nation Network.

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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. 

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Post-Game: Better Than Expected!

Ryan Pike
September 29 2014 12:54AM

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The Calgary Flames crept into the Mile High City on Sunday night, visiting a desperate, winless Colorado Avalanche squad. After a hard-fought 60 minute effort featuring some superb netminding, the Flames flew home having steadied their pre-season record at the .500 mark (3-3-0), while the Avalanche dropped to 0-4-1 following a 2-1 win for the visitors.

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