Post-Game: The Crosby Show

Ryan Pike
February 06 2015 10:08PM

The Calgary Flames have been in one or two games this season where they weren't really in the game at all over the 60-minute duration. Tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins is the latest addition to that short list.

The Flames dropped a 4-0 decision to the Penguins on Friday night. They gave up a goal 5:46 in and never got back into it from there. They were shut out for the second time this season. They drop to 29-21-3 on the season.

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FGD #53: The Quest for 30 (7pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 06 2015 01:00PM

Tonight's Calgary Flames contest is all about the number 30.

Well, maybe not all about, but in two specific ways. First, it's the first of the final 30 games of this wacky season, and the unfolding of these final 30 games will determine whether we're discussing hockey games after the regular season is finished on April 11. Second, it's the first opportunity for both the Calgary Flames (29-20-3) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-14-8) to hit the 30-win mark. Considering the Flames had just 35 wins last season, it's pretty huge.

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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So What's Different and What's Changed?

Ryan Pike
February 06 2015 09:00AM

The 2014-15 Calgary Flames are a club known for its peculiarities.

First, they're a team known for its late-game comebacks. Nine times this season, the team has been down after 40 minutes and come back to win the game. Second, they're a team that has succeeded despite having flat-out bad underlying numbers.

I was curious about two things: (1) What's different about third periods? (2) What's changed since last season?

Here's what I found out.

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Baertschi and Granlund Returned to the AHL

Ryan Pike
February 05 2015 07:01PM

The only news item on a rather quiet off-day for the Calgary Flames was the assignment of forwards Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund back to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

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Let's Talk About Ice Time

Ryan Pike
February 05 2015 01:00PM

Ice time is pretty important in ice hockey, but sometimes we don't talk about it very much. So today, I went over to War on Ice and generated a series of charts so we can briefly discuss things.

Today I'm focusing on two specific areas: defensemen and what I call "floating forwards." All the charts that follow are based on rolling five-game averages of even-strength ice time.

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