Post-Game: Power Outage

Ryan Pike
January 07 2015 11:55PM

After a day that featured demotions, scratches, returns, unscratches, babies and a goaltending change forced by an injury, the Calgary Flames dropped a 3-2 decision at home to the Detroit Red Wings. It was the final game of the first half of this season, and the second straight game where the club came across a little flat.

The Flames now sit at 21-17-3 through 41 games.

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FGD #41: The Half-Way Mark (7:30pm MT, SN360)

Ryan Pike
January 07 2015 11:57AM

Last season, the Calgary Flames hit Game 41 with a rather unimpressive 14-20-6 record (and then they lost). This season, they hit tonight's game - representing that half the sands have passed through the hour-glass - with a pretty solid 21-16-3 record.

To say that the rebuild is progressing is probably a safe statement.

Game 41 this season pits the Flames against the visiting Detroit Red Wings (21-10-9), who are also hitting the half-way mark. Calgary enters the game two points out of a wildcard playoff spot in the West, while the Red Wings sit in third place in the Atlantic Division after their game in Edmonton last night. There are definitely playoff implications at the 'Dome tonight.

The puck drops at 7:30pm. You can catch it on both Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet West, though it's after a Washington/Toronto game on the main network, so maybe stick with 360 if you don't want to risk any over-lap. (Sportsnet 960 The Fan has the game, as always).

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Revisiting Scoring Chances and Zone Entries at the Half-Way Point

Ryan Pike
January 07 2015 08:30AM

We're about half-way through the 2014-15 season and I finished crunching some numbers for the games up to this point, so let's have some fun and dig into them a bit!

This season we've focused our efforts on two specific areas of data:

  • Offensive Zone Entries
  • Scoring Chances

Here's a glance at how these figures are settling out so far, as well as how they tie together.

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Prospect NHLE Update

Ryan Pike
January 05 2015 12:37PM

It's another off-day and we're approximately half-way through the season, so now's as good a time as any to take a look at the Calgary Flames prospects.

So let's take a gander at NHL Equivalents (NHLE). Basically, NHLE gives us the ability to compare player production from different leagues by approximating production using data from the past. Granted, it ain't perfect, but it's useful for discussion purposes.

Let's see how everyone stacks up.

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Sunday Open Thread: Who Is Part of "The Core"?

Ryan Pike
January 04 2015 11:38AM

We're 40 games into the 2014-15 Calgary Flames season, which means we're getting close to (a) the All-Star Break and, before you know it, (b) the NHL's trade deadline on March 2 (at 1pm MT). This means that the Calgary Flames continue to burn through their schedule and, potentially, could have some hard questions as they remain near the playoff pack with increasingly fewer games remaining on the docket.

The prospect of important pieces being moved at some point in the near future leads to this week's question: Who is part of Calgary's "core"?

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