Random Thoughts - Let's Talk Positive

Kent Wilson
January 16 2014 11:45AM



With the Flames reeling through an historic dry spell and plunging down the league standings faster than the Toronto Maple Leafs, it seems an odd time to talk about positivity. There's no question it's tough to be a Flames fan right now - the team can't score, they have won the fewest games in regulation in the NHL since the start of December and there's no obvious end to the misery in sight. In fact, there's a non-trivial chance the Flames will pick inside the top-2 come June.

So it's hard to blame the Dome crowds for being eerily silent these days.

Still, there are seeds of hope...

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Random Thoughts - Flames through the first half

Kent Wilson
January 07 2014 09:30AM



(This was written before last night's content against the Avs)

We're through the first half of the 2013-14 season, which means the standings picture is starting to become clearer. Things can always change in the latter half of the year, but we have enough games under our belt now to at least get a feel for who the Flames are and what we can expect from the rest of the year. 

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Post-Game: Lightning Crashes

Kent Wilson
January 03 2014 09:42PM



The Flames have been absolutely snake-bit since the holiday break ended and that didn't change tonight after a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It's sadly ironic that the club's offense has gone south just as the goaltending has started to look NHL-caliber, but such is the life of Flames fans these days.

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Advanced Stats Crash Course: Possession (Part 2)

Kent Wilson
December 30 2013 02:50PM



In part one of the this series, we took a look at the basics of corsi: what it is, where it came from and why it's useful. In this segment, we'll go a little deeper into possession metrics by looking at some of the key moderating variables. We'll also look at what constitutes absolute and relative values of "good corsi" as well as cover the caveats and limitations of possession measures.

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Advanced Stats Crash Course: Possession (Part 1)

Kent Wilson
December 27 2013 11:31AM



Although "new stats" are still considered the useless obsession of a small collection of dilettantes in some quarters, they are nevertheless growing in prominence and use across the game. Possession stats like corsi are the basis of this upheaval and I still get a lot of questions and requests for clarification when it comes to these sorts of metrics.

Instead of answer them individually via email I decided to put together a crash course of the most important measures. In this series, I'll discuss what the measures are, what they mean, why they are useful and how they can easily referenced.

We'll start with corsi.

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