November 21 2011 04:44PM
Flames beat one the best in biz convincingly last game and tonight they meet the bottom of the barrel. While the BJ's record isn't truly indicative of their talent level, Columbus remains one of the West's lesser lights. Carter, Nash, Vermetter and Umberger and worth watching to one degree or another, but the depth falls off quickly from there.
Rookie Ryan Joahansen might be worth a damn some day, but his okay 8 points and +2 in 15 games so far is mostly the bounces - he sports a personal SH% of 18%+ and he's one of the only BJ's with a PDO north of 101. His possession rate is also superficially decent (+9.75/60) but it's mostly due to a zone start of 59.6%. Still might be worth a look.
November 20 2011 12:07PM
As of today, November 20th 2011, Jarome Iginla sits fourth on the Flames in scoring with just four goals and nine points in 18 games. He is also a team worst -10. Although he's one of the higtes paid forward in the league, Jarome currently sits 170th in league scoring, trailing the likes of David Desharnais, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nik Antropov, Maxime Talbot, Chad Larose, Jason Chimera...you get the idea.
November 18 2011 09:46PM
Final Score: 5-2W
November 18 2011 06:16PM
The Blackhawks have gon eon a bit of a tear since the last time these two teams met. It's not luck either - even though they currently dress Daniel Carcillo in their top six (hockey's version of the tasmanian devil, only slightly less rational) Chicago is one the very best possession teams in the league. Their corsi tied ratio (eliminated playing to score effects) is .567 (.565 fenwick ratio for the keeners). I don't have to look anything up to know that's in the top-3 in the league. The Flames, in contrast, are at about .513 while clubs like Edmonton and Minnesota are .460 or lower.
So the Hawks remain heavy weights. They played a high risk game against the Flames about a week ago and were uncharacteristically loose in their own end leading to a number of Calgary chances off the rush. I would be surprised if that happens again tonight, but here's hoping...
November 17 2011 11:22AM
A rash of mental illness has recently washed over areas of North America and Europe. The greatest concentration of the outbreak centers around the city of Calgary, Alberta with some other isolated pockets throughout Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland.