Trevor Gillies Suspended for 12 (More) AHL Games

Ryan Pike
October 13 2014 04:28PM

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Despite all the festiveness around the hockey world - jointly celebrating Thanksgiving Monday and Columbus Day - the American Hockey League has dropped the proverbial hammer on Adirondack Flames forward Trevor Gillies for his antics on October 10.

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The Home and Road Effect

Ryan Pike
October 13 2014 08:30AM

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Coaching in the National Hockey League is basically two sets of skills. At home, you need to effectively identify the other team's weakest players and put your best players out against them in order to maximize your home ice advantage and last change. On the road, you need to cope with what happens when the other coach does that to you, and do your best to implement a game-plan to counter the disadvantage you face while on the road.

Over the course of the pre-season, in discussions with other media members, I noted that coaching against the Calgary Flames probably has a simple strategy: isolate their best possession players (Giordano, Brodie and Backlund) as much as you can and do what you can to run up the score when they're not on the ice.

While no perfect measure exists quite yet to see if that is precisely the case, last year's data from Hockey Analysis (and War on Ice) allows us to compare possession stats at home and on the road to see how differently each player is used and how their Corsi production changes as a result.

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Prospect Round-Up (October 11 2014)

Ryan Pike
October 12 2014 12:35AM

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'Twas a bit lighter schedule for the prospects tonight. The Oshawa Generals and Charlottetown Islanders were off tonight, so no OHL or QMJHL results. One prospect returned from injury, while another missed a game due to a new one.

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Post-Game: Out-Gunned

Ryan Pike
October 11 2014 11:07PM

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After a win in Edmonton on Thursday, the Calgary Flames hit the road in earnest on Saturday night when they visited the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center.

The road hit back.

The Flames dropped a rather one-sided game by a 4-1 score. The Blues didn't give the Flames much, and took advantage of their chances. Given the fact that the home side got the lead 48 seconds into the game, on the very first shot of the game, the outcome was never in doubt and the Blues never really seemed too impressed or concerned with the visitors from Calgary.

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Prospect Round-Up (October 10 2014)

Ryan Pike
October 10 2014 10:26PM

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The Calgary Flames have many prospects playing in many different leagues. With so much action going on in far-flung parts of North America and the world, it can be hard to keep track.

Here's a quick rundown of how the Flames prospects kids did tonight.

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