January 18 2012 04:03PM
I know, I know I've beat this into the ground recently. However, with our own Vintage Flame getting into a twitter fight with Dean Molberg and Andrew Walker about Backlund this morning, I feel obliged to offer one last, brief article on this topic.
January 17 2012 11:21PM
Final Score: 2-1 SOL
January 17 2012 07:51PM
San Jose is a club that should truly scare any Flames fan. They have an abundance of what Calgary lacks - tried and true heavy hitters at even strength. This is because they are exceptional at drafting and developing quality hockey players and their management team is relatively savvy. It's a bit of a crime that Doug Wilson has yet to bring a cup to Northern California, but one would think it's only a matter of time.
Oh yeah - they have also handed Calgary some it's most embarrassing losses over the least few years.
The Sharks control the puck pretty well at ES, but they are also the best team in the league at generating shots on the PP. For the second straight season, the Sharks are leading the league by that measure by a wide margin (69.6 shots/60). Only Vancouver is close and they aren't really (59.3). The Flames, in contrast, are one of the worst at 44.6.
San Jose hasn't scored as much as was expected through the first half, but that's mostly because their PP is only clicking on about 9% of their shots. The league average is around 12% and the Flames are actually humming along at 14%, which is why their overall success rate isn't too bad. You can be certain, though, the Sharks won't be snake-bitten on the man advantage forever. It wouldn't surprise me if they almost double their PP output from the first half. The Flames, on the other hand, will fall off unless they can start shooting a lot more.
January 14 2012 10:39PM
Final Score: 4-1L
January 14 2012 07:13PM
As far as mid-January games go, this is as good as it gets tonight folks. The Flames have been a pretty sorry group to watch recently (recent wins aside) generating some of the lowest shot totals in the league on a nightly basis. Good thing the Kings aren't exactly good at scoring goals themselves, although who knows if that will change now that Darryl is behind the bench.
Even with Cammalleri's return, Calgary is still a pretty thin squad up front lacking David Moss, Matt Stajan and Alex Tanguay. The Kings are technically the better team on paper, although the fall of Mike Richards from heavy hitter to ES liability evens things up a tad. On top of everything else, it will be interesting to watch the erstwhile Flyer tonight to see if he looks as bad as his underlying numbers suggest.
On another note, I am going to be the Kwarter (www.kwarter.com) "game master" for the contest tonight, so most of my time and comments will be concentrated on twitter. It's a sports/social media app I've been asked to demo. If you have an ipad/iphone maybe give it a try.