Calgary's individual Corsi differentials are a mixed bag

Ryan Pike
January 02 2017 02:00PM

If you've been reading this site for very long, you've probably figured out that we value shot metrics like Corsi in evaluating players. That's because goals are rare in hockey and to determine how much a player actually drives play – and helps their team win – we have to rely on more common events like shots, missed shots and blocked shots (otherwise known as Corsi events).

One simple way of looking at a player's performance is through their Corsi differential: subtracting their on-ice Corsi events against from their Corsi events for at five-on-five. We've collected Corsi differentials for most of the Flames regulars for each of the past three seasons, along with their offensive zone start percentages to give some context to their numbers.

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FN Mailbag - January 2, 2017

Kent Wilson
January 02 2017 08:00AM

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That's it for 2016. It was a year marked by both modest frustrations and modest growth for the Calgary Flames. They came back down to earth after their Cinderella 2014-15 season, settling back into draft lottery territory before ultimately picking Matthew Tkachuk at sixth overall. 

Luckily Tkachuk has been a revelation so far in his rookie season, settling in on the left side with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik to help form one of the best two-way forward units in the entire NHL. Usually kids - especially teens - struggle to play a complete game at the NHL level, but Tkachuk has leapt fully formed into the show. 

On the other hand, the Flames haven't yet seen the growth they likely expected from other notable youngsters like Sean Monahan or Sam Bennett. Those guys essentially running in place has made Glen Gulutzan's life much more complicated, leaving him trying to find a way to shelter everyone who isn't playing with Backlund in the top nine rotation. 

So what will 2017 bring? Can one of the other kids take another step? Can the club get back into the playoffs? Who is going to be sacrificed in the expansion draft? Lots of interesting questions will potentially be answered this year. 

For the first edition of the FN mailbag for 2017, we take a look at Sam Bennett, Matthew Takchuk and the Flames' defensive prospects. 

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Flames at the World Juniors: Round robin wrap-up

Ari Yanover
January 01 2017 02:00PM

The 2017 World Juniors round robin is done, and all five of the Flames prospects playing have made it to the quarterfinals. Each played in all four of their teams' round robin games, with the exception of Tyler Parsons, who started two games for Team USA while Joseph Woll took the other two.

Four games is a tiny sample size. Then again this entire tournament is a tiny sample size, but it's a hell of a lot of fun regardless. So let's take this moment to sum up just how Dillon Dube, Adam Fox, Parsons, Oliver Kylington, and Pavel Karnaukhov have been used - and how well they've done in their roles, too.

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The 2016 Flames organizational review

January 01 2017 12:00PM

It's that time again. Another year has gone by, another ring has been added to the trees, and we're all a little wiser. The year 2016 in itself was a tale of two Calgary Flames teams: a team exiting one era under a now-former coach and a team entering the next phase of their rebuild. The entirety of 2016 itself for Brad Treliving had a number of highs, wins both small and large, and some lows.

It's a year where we can attempt to benchmark Treliving, management, and ownership for things he has done that hopefully pay off in the future rather than become negatives in the short and long runs.

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Flames 4, Coyotes 2 post-game embers: Still learning, still growing

Ari Yanover
January 01 2017 08:00AM

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It took a little over 15 minutes for the Calgary Flames to break out a four-goal lead.

This is a story we've seen before. It's not a common one - the Flames' still-negative goal differential (-6 heading into the new year) would point to the fact that this is not a team that experiences many blowouts in their favour - but the Flames have started to really punch down other teams as of late.

That's four or five in the month of December. Well, almost; the Flames still have this pesky habit of not quite knowing what to do when they've got a big lead like that - though that third period was much better.

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