Gaudreau Watch: A Look Ahead

Ryan Pike
March 02 2014 03:25PM

(via D.Mahoney)

Folks, if there's one question I get asked the most in my travels nowadays - even moreso than "How majestic is Brian Burke's hair in-person?" or "Why aren't there more than two Pocket Dog stands in the 'Dome?" - is "When is Johnny Gaudreau going to sign?"

Thankfully, that question is replacing the panicked statement, usually involving a fan clutching my arm or shoulders, "He's going to sign, right?" After Al Morganti's recent reassurances that Gaudreau will most likely sign here, barring war or insurrection, the next question is timing.

The short answer is this - he'll sign when his college season is done, most likely.

The long answer is a bit more complex.

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Post-Game: Something Special Up There

Ryan Pike
March 01 2014 11:27PM

(courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Saturday night's late game on Hockey Night in Canada followed a pretty great Toronto/Montreal game with playoff implications. Calgary's tilt with Edmonton didn't have playoff implications, although at times it did have a playoff-like atmosphere. No, this year's installments of the Battle of Alberta have been about the future.

On Saturday night in Edmonton, the Calgary Flames beat the Edmonton Oilers because their younger players were bigger difference-makers than the Oilers' younger players.

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Scoring Chance Differentials

Ryan Pike
February 26 2014 10:52AM


Here at FlamesNation, one of the things we do is count scoring chances for each and every Calgary Flames game. One reason is that they can give you a general sense of how a team's playing even more than tools like shots, Fenwick or Corsi can. Those stat treat all shots and shot attempts equally, whether they're a 90 foot lob from the neutral zone or a hard areas chance in the slot.

Scoring chances cut through all that. In theory, they're a really good way of seeing who's driving play for the Calgary Flames, and who's leaking chances like a boat.

Here's how things look for your hometown heroes through 58 games at even-strength.

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News and Notes - February 25 2014

Ryan Pike
February 25 2014 03:00PM

The Flames practiced today after an off-day, and the Abbotsford Heat practiced on the Lower Mainland of BC, so we have a few bits and bites of information as we inch towards Calgary's game with Los Angeles on Thursday night.

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The Weekly Ignition: February 25 2014

Ryan Pike
February 25 2014 08:30AM


There's two weeks left in the major-junior season. Eight days until the NHL trade deadline. About a week or so left in the NCAA season.

We're getting down to brass tacks, gang. Here's your weekly rundown.

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