November 25 2011 05:39PM
We have a FN roundtable coming up in the next few days on the Flames so I'll limit the discussion to the Blues.
St. Louis has gone on a run since Hitchcock replaced Payen and although Ken is usually a guy who can coax better than average results from his clubs, the truth is the Blues were bound to rebound with or without the coaching change. I covered their early season results at HP here. Short version? The Blues had better than average underlying numbers at ES and their record through 13 games this season was almost entirely bad luck.
Hitchcock may be a good move anyways (although Payne was pretty capable work himself), but we should resist assuming a coaching change would suddenly right the ship here in Calgary - the fundamentals were there for the Blues prior to the change and their rebound was inevitable. So while I think the Flames will eventually go on a run at some point as a matter of chance, the local team's issues are a lot deeper.
November 25 2011 10:19AM
Word is coming down on twitter that the Flames have claimed Islanders forward Blake Comeau. The 25 year old forward is coming off of a 24-goal, 46-point career season for the Islanders.
November 23 2011 07:45PM
Final Score: 5-3 loss
November 23 2011 04:00PM
Ironically, a couple of the Flames better games in the first quarter have been against the Red Wings and Blackhawks - clubs that have routinely beat up Calgary previously. Tonight, the Flames will try to repeat the feat against the Red Wings, although the prior win featured several goals by a line that probably won't be in play tonight - Iginla/Jokinen/Glencross.
That match featured Iginla's best asset as things stand - his shot. The captain is still dangerous with the puck on his stick in the slot and around the net, so they'll need more of that if a win tonight is the goal.
He's only scored once since, but it should be noted the first line's scoring chances numbers have improved since Backlund rejoined the active roster. The goals haven't been there, but the arrows are going in the right direction. Consider the fact that Backlund's relative corsi rating (his possession rate less the team's possession rate when he's on the bench) is an incredible +24.5/60. The puck is moving in the right direction with Backs on the ice, so we can expect a break out for him (and perhaps Iggy and Tangs) sooner rather than later I think. Maybe it starts tonight?
November 21 2011 07:57PM
Final Score: 4-1L