October 08 2011 11:19PM
Final Score: 5-3 Loss
October 08 2011 06:39PM
It's that time again. Flames face the Crosby-less Penguins tonight. That sounds like a boon, but this is the club that managed 100+ points without both Sid the Kid and Malkin in the line-up for large portions of the season last. Pittsburgh has some of the biggest names in the game, but that sometimes overshadows the fact that they have one of the strongest overall squads in the league from top-to-bottom.
No easy win tonight, even with Crosby on the sidelines.
October 08 2011 09:31AM
The Summer doldrums are over. The air is already starting to chill and the trees are shedding their leaves. That means it's time to start another hockey season. We've done the summer previews, the analyses and the roundtables. Before the puck drops on the Flames new year, though, I want to take some time to describe what FlamesNation readers can expect out of the site this year.
October 07 2011 05:07PM
10/11 finish: 117 points, First overall
Playoffs: Game 7 heartbreak
Key Players: Sedins X2, Kesler, Malhotra, Hamhuis, Luongo
Additions: Sturm, Weise, Bitz, Ebbett,
Subtractions: Ehrhoff, Glass, Torres
Cap Position: About $1.3 Left
Projected finish: top three in the conference
Last season was a play of three acts for the Canucks. The first act, the regular season, was mostly comedy in which the Canucks ran roughshod over their opponents and their fanbse further cemented themselves the least favored in the league. The second, the playoffs, was more tragedy where despite being heavy favorites the club once again failed to grab the ultimate prize, falling in seven games to the upstart Boston Bruins. And finally, there was the game seven riots; a farce if there ever was one.
October 07 2011 03:44PM
This is the companion piece to my reasonable expectations for Flames forwards. We're talking about point totals here which are even worse at capturing a given players true value when it comes to defenders, but it's an interesting line the sand nonetheless.
I repeated the process I used for the forwards here: averaging each guy's scoring rate at both ES and on the PP from the last three seasons and then making some educated guesses about his ice time and extrapolating from there. Like the previous posts, I assumed about 48 ES minutes per game broken up between the six primary skaters, as well as six minutes on the PP.