WOWY December Update

Ryan Pike
December 13 2014 10:00AM

It's an off-day today for the Calgary Flames, so let's take a gander at some stats! Shall we?

Here's a look at With or Without You (WOWY) differentials, as of the first 28 games. It's not entirely current, but close enough to be interesting. The differentials indicate how much better (positive) or worse (negative) a teammate is in CorsiFor percentage terms when playing with a player compared to without.

As such, a player with a lot of positive differentials makes their teammates better, while somebody with a lot of negative numbers drags 'em down. My cut-off here was 100 even-strength minutes played as a pairing.

Players are listed in terms of their overall CorsiFor percentage, so we'll be going from best players to worst players, and their teammates are listed in order of who plays together the most often.

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Post-Game: Losing Streak Hits Four

Ryan Pike
December 12 2014 11:18PM

After going nearly the first third of the regular season without racking up consecutive regulation losses, the Calgary Flames have strung together four of them to kick off the middle third of the schedule. Their latest set-back was tonight, by way of a 3-1 decision in Pittsburgh at the hands of a Sidney Crosby-less Penguins club.

They fall to 17-12-2 on the season. The road trip ends on Sunday in Chicago.

The culprit tonight? A slow start and shoddy defensive zone play that put the team behind the eight-ball before much of the clock had ticked away. Stop me if you've heard this before.

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FGD #31: Flames Try to Shake It Off (5pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
December 12 2014 11:47AM

(Maybe keep your speaker volume down a tad, there's shouting)

Outside of dealing with people scoffing at their early-season, percentage-driven success, the Calgary Flames haven't had to deal with a lot of adversity this season. Sure, they had injuries, but none of the injuries were to an indispensable player like Giordano, Brodie, Hudler, Monahan or Gaudreau. Or a goalie. So it was fine.

Now they've lost three games in a row, and after being high in the hog and feeling bulletproof, the Flames (17-11-2) are perhaps reeling a bit. Tonight, they try not to extend their losing streak any further.

Too bad they're playing the Pittsburgh Penguins (18-6-3) tonight in the Steel City, as the Penguins are a really good team. Who have Sidney Crosby. And that Evgeni Malkin guy. And their secret weapon: Blake Comeau.

Puck drop is at 5pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Post-Game: Sabres Stifle Flames

Ryan Pike
December 11 2014 11:54PM

It was bound to happen eventually, but the shoe is on the other foot now as the Calgary Flames out-played and out-shot the Buffalo Sabres by a hefty margin, but dropped a 4-3 road loss in upstate New York. As a result, the Flames are on their worst losing string of this season - at three.

Sure puts things in perspective, eh?

Despite putting a tire factory of rubber at Jhonas Enroth this evening, the Sabres netminder kept his team in it. At the other end, pucks just found their way past Karri Ramo via a combination of wonky defense and nice shooting by the Sabres forwards.

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Analytics and The Waiting Game for Bob Hartley

Ryan Pike
December 10 2014 10:52AM

We're roughly a third of the way through the 2014-15 schedule, which means that we're inching closer and closer to the end of Bob Hartley's original deal with the Calgary Flames.

Given his success this season, he's bound to get an extension. Right? I'm still of the mindset that he will get another deal, but I'm wondering what the hold-up is. But I think I've figured it out.

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