July 26 2011 12:56PM
We continue the mediocrity series today by looking at the Flames forward's possession rates and how they compare to each other and to other quality teams in the league. The results are rather unambiguous and illustrate why the club is both better than the NHL's weaker thans as well as a step behind the elites.
July 23 2011 02:12PM
Before we proceed with the rest of the Flames "mediocrity" series, it makes sense to discuss and explicate the basis of the analyses we tend to engage in here. The theory, the application and the practicality of the stats we employ and the resultant interpretations.
July 20 2011 09:25AM
It should be established that the Calgary Flames aren't a bad team. In fact, aside from their back-to-back 10th places finishes in the Western Conference, there are lots of measures and facts that suggest they're actually pretty good. Mitch Smith of M&G recently looked at the various metrics in which an individual Flame finished top-five in the league last year. And despite what you might hear about Calgary's on-going offensive woes, the team finished top-10 in terms of total offense with 241 goals for and top-10 in terms of goals for at even strength (163 GF). After stumbling out of the gate, the Flames PP also finished in the top-third of the league (19.5%).
July 18 2011 11:51AM
Now that Brendan Morrison is back in the fold, the Flames have at least five NHL centerman at their disposal, including Mikael Backlund, Olli Jokinen, Daymond Langkow and Matt Stajan. The last three guys make $3+ million year while Backlund made a strong case to move up the depth chart last season. Like the club's ever growing collection of depth defensemen, Calgary's situation down the middle seems to similar with lots of middling guys and fewer top-end options.
July 14 2011 11:17AM