CGD: Canada Faces Czech in Quarterfinal Matchup

Jacob Stoller
January 02 2017 03:35PM

After losing to the Americans on New Year's Eve, Canada will be facing off against the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals.

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The Gilmour trade turns 25

Ryan Pike
January 02 2017 03:30PM

In the 1980s the Calgary Flames were a powerhouse. Driven by their desire to beat the Edmonton Oilers and win some post-season hardware, they eventually toppled their northern rivals and made two trips to the Stanley Cup Final.

The 1990s weren't nearly as kind to the Flames. Some of their troubles were due to the NHL's economics, with the declining Canadian dollar leading to a rather drastic sell-off of talent as the decade progressed. But easily the biggest setback to the organization's fortunes was self-inflicted.

Twenty-five years ago today, the Flames made one of the worst trades in the history of the National Hockey League when they traded away Doug Gilmour.

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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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