November 13 2014 10:13PM
Last season, the Calgary Flames got off to a nice start. Then Mark Giordano got hurt, the team became rudderless and plummeted, and even their impressive run at the end of the season couldn't get them back into contention for anything.
This season? So far, so good.
The Flames bounced back from a disappointing game in Carolina and skated to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. It gives the Flames their 10th win of the season and a 10-6-2 record after 18 games. It took them 27 games to win 10 last year, so they're off to an excellent start.
November 13 2014 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames are back in town after seemingly forever, following a lengthy five-game road trip that took them to the far, far southeastern tip of the NHL map. They went 3-2-0 and sit with a 9-6-2 record after 17 games. In theory, they could go on a losing streak and still be at .500 after 20 games. After 20 games last year, they were deep underwater - albeit because of some really bad injuries to key guys like Mark Giordano.
Kicking off their five-game homestand is a visit from the Arizona Coyotes, tonight at the 'Dome (7pm MT; Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan). And this homestand finally begins the Flames sojourn into the non-Canadian portion of the Pacific Division.
We'll have a better idea of what this group is after the homestand (and this month) are complete.
November 13 2014 10:02AM
1. Let's talk about it
Last week I inadvertently set off yet another fire storm by having the audacity to suggest the Flames' winning ways weren't well-founded in "The Process" that successful teams actually have when it comes to winning over 82 games or more. I seem to recall that a lot of people suggested the Flames are closer than I think to being a competitive team in the NHL.
I wonder two things about this:
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November 13 2014 10:01AM
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).
November 12 2014 09:30AM
We're 17 games (or just over 20%) into the Calgary Flames schedule, so it's time for another check-in regarding how the club's players are doing in all areas fancy stats.
We have a mix of stuff we're tallying ourselves (scoring chances and zone entries), and stuff we're putting from data collected by the fine folks at War on Ice and Hockey Analysis.
Except for zone entries, all stats refer to even-strength numbers, and we're limiting things to players who have played 10+ games due to sample size concerns.