October 15 2013 07:05AM
We're five games into the season, which means just about any stat you can name isn't all that meaningful (ie; predictive) just yet. Still, some things are beginning to take shape, particularly how Bob Hartley is deploying his players in terms of combinations, match-ups and zone starts. Here's a look at a few of the noteworthy numbers I managed to glean from the invaluable new stats site Extra Skater.
October 11 2013 09:57AM
Hype is a funny thing.
At first, it's a sort of happy delirium, like a narcotic that smooths the rough edges of reality and suggests a future of boundless optimism and success. When it recedes, however, and the truth is rendered in cruel relief against those impossibly raised expectations, the hang-over can be...unpleasant.
October 09 2013 09:27PM
For the fourth time in this young season, the Calgary Flames jumped out to an early lead. For just the second time, however, they were able to hang on and end things in regulation.
Calgary's surprisingly potent offense has managed to stake them a lead in every game they've played this year, but that has also meant a concurrent collapse in just about every contest as well. The Canadiens controlled the puck at even strength for a majority of time through the early going and made a hard push to even things in the third period, but the Flames were able to weather the storm.
October 09 2013 11:10AM
Due to popular demand Draft Street is back on the Nations. We ran some Free Rolls for DS last year and got some really good feedback, so we approached them about getting this going again for us again this year. They finally acquiesced when I threatened to send Wanye to their house with a bullhorn and a clown costume.
October 08 2013 08:14AM
The new season is freshly born, and with it new sights and wonders. The Flames have burst out of the gate with a 1-0-2 start, which would be wholly disappointing if Calgary had not been roundly pick by pundits to finish last in the league with a bullet. Each game was a one goal affair and the Flames have led for long stretches of all of them. With a bit more luck, a few less errors or a bit more NHL-level goaltending, the club could easily be 3-0-0.
Here's some thoughts and observations after the first week...