The Schedule and the Numbers Game

Ryan Pike
February 13 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames are back at home today after being out in sunny California for a week, going 1-1-0 in a short road trip. Now that the trip is over, it's onto the home stretch of the 2014-15 season.

Here's a brief primer for dates and figures to remember.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
February 13 2015 06:30AM

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The Jets Blockbuster trade, the Sedins, Leafs are ready to deal, Jeff Petry as a Calgary Flame, Oilers finishing 30th, an injection of filthy stats and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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THE FANTASY MINUTE

Nation World HQ
February 13 2015 04:30AM


NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).

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Post-Game: Crowned

Ryan Pike
February 13 2015 01:19AM

We've written a lot on this website this year about the concept of regression. Basically, the idea is this: teams that get more pucks on net tend to score more and tend to win more. So, if your team gets consistently out-shot by the other team and you keep winning, eventually it'll swing the other way if you play enough games.

And if you're the Calgary Flames, one of the NHL's worst possession teams, playing against the Los Angeles Kings, one of the NHL's best possession teams, you'll have games like tonight.

God bless (apparently) flu-ridden, shot-riddled Jonas Hiller, because tonight's game could've been a lot worse than it was. The Flames dropped a 5-3 decision on the road to their divisional rival tonight, in a contest that was as important for L.A.'s relevance as a playoff club as it was for Calgary giving themselves breathing room.

As a result of tonight, the Pacific Division and wild-card races are getting pretty damn interesting.

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FGD #55: A Clash of Kings (8:30pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
February 12 2015 04:00PM

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The Calgary Flames began their rebuild with two big problems. First, they weren't particularly good. Second, they were in the Pacific Division, a veritable murderer's row of hockey teams that didn't suck. In particular? They would have to face the three California teams a lot.

Me? I kind-of liked the realignment, because it repeatedly put the Flames face-to-face with the type of teams they'd need to regularly beat to get to that next level. I don't think anybody really anticipated how things would turn out this season.

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