FGD Round 1, Game 6: Second Chances

Ryan Pike
April 25 2015 09:00AM

After failing to close out the series on the road on Thursday, the Calgary Flames have a second chance to close out their first round series with the Vancouver Canucks tonight. This time, it's a home date at the Saddledome, where the Flames have played much, much better than they have on the road.

The key to victory for the Flames? Desperation and execution. They were sloppy in Game 5 in Vancouver and blew their chance to close out the series, and thus are back home looking to cash in on their second chance. But they really need to play the physical brand of hockey that brought them this far, and execute the game-plan that has made the Sedins an after-thought in games in Calgary.

The Flames are sixty minutes of effective hockey away from their first trip to the second round since 2004. It would be truly frustrating for all involved if they couldn't close this series out, particularly because while they have been quite good at home, they haven't been all that good at Rogers Arena, and a return trip there probably isn't in their best interests.

The puck drops after 7pm MT on CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Talkin' Bout Faceoffs

Ryan Pike
April 24 2015 01:03PM

We're five games into the series, and much as we earlier checked out the Corsi and Fenwick breakdowns for the two clubs, let's revisit the face-off numbers for the primary centers for each teams.

The big fancy table after the jump!

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The Numbers Game Through 5 Games

Ryan Pike
April 24 2015 11:00AM

Well, we're five games into the series between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks. With that many games under our belts, we have a decently-large enough sample size to dig into the underlying numbers a bit and see how each player is doing.

I split the data into home and away, and I'm looking at both Corsi (all shot attempts: on-net, blocked and missing the net) and Fenwick (unblocked shot attempts), in part because the Flames are block machines and in part because it could be interesting. Numbers are expressed in terms of plus/minus in each category.

Beware sample sizes, though: there have been 2 home games and 3 away games, so bear that in mind when you look at the gaps.

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Playoff Post-Game: Wasted Chances

Ryan Pike
April 23 2015 11:34PM

The Calgary Flames moseyed into Vancouver this evening, hoping for a victory over the Canucks and to propel themselves into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Unfortunately for the Flames, that opportunity was wasted as the Canucks played their third straight strong game at Rogers Arena and eked out a narrow 2-1 victory over the Flames. It was narrow on the scoreboard, but the Canucks carried the play for the majority of the contest and if not for some really strong goaltending from Jonas Hiller, the game could've been much more one-sided.

Game 6 goes Saturday night in Calgary.

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Johnny Gaudreau Named Finalist For Calder

Ryan Pike
April 23 2015 04:48PM

Throughout his hockey career, Johnny Gaudreau has turned heads and earned accolades. He amassed a stellar resume through his USHL and NCAA tenures.

Following a whirlwind first National Hockey League season, the Calgary Flames rookie has added to that resume, being named one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy. Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers and Mark Stone of the Ottawa Senators are the other two finalists, as announced by the NHL earlier this evening.

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