March 26 2014 07:30AM
It's been a long season, obviously, but as we creep into the final 10 games of this Calgary Flames season, let's re-visit what's probably considered the watershed moment for the club this year.
That's right, the absolute gong show of a night at Rogers Arena on January 18.
March 25 2014 08:00AM
As we finish the season, I figured it was time for an update of our visualized Corsi charts. As a reminder, we look at the visualized Corsi charts for two reasons: to identify patterns and to determine if ice time is being distributed properly. The first time we looked at this, the Flames were struggling in basically every facet of the game. Now? Not so much. Charts are sorted by EV TOI, and every player has played at least 20 games and 120 minutes with his counterpart. If the cell is blank, they haven't played enough together to get a good enough sample. If you want or need a primer, or want to see the last article, click here.
The first chart is once again our standard Visualized Corsi chart - under 50% is blue, 50%-55% is orange, above 55% is red. You'll notice something we didn't have last time...
March 24 2014 10:39PM
The 1997-98 Calgary Flames were, to be blunt, bad.
They racked up just 67 points over an 82 game season and firmly in the dreadful Young Guns era of hockey, they were the worst Flames club there ever was. With tonight's shootout win over the third-overall San Jose Sharks, this year's Flames club (a) broke the 30 win barrier and (b) guaranteed they'll be better than the 97-98 team.
And it was a pretty nice game, too, with strong goaltending from Karri Ramo and a great performance by a rookie defender.
March 24 2014 02:58PM
After a day off on Sunday, your Calgary Flames (29-35-7, 65 points, 26th overall) are back in action tonight (7pm MT; Sportsnet) as they host the San Jose Sharks (46-18-8, 100 points, 3rd overall).
The Flames are a confident bunch after a Jekyll and Hyde weekend - with a somewhat sloppy 6-5 loss to Nashville followed by a 8-1 whuppin' of the Edmonton Oilers. Despite the lop-sided score, the Flames corrected a lot of the little things they did wrong against Nashville, and they'll need to be sharp against a Sharks club that's hoping to smooth out its game as it heads towards the post-season.
The Sharks can clinch a playoff berth with a victory tonight.
March 24 2014 12:55PM
The NHL's playoff races are heating up! The NCAA tournament brackets are set! Playoffs in the CHL are now well-underway. Here's your weekly catch-up on what's happening around the Flames-related hockey world.