Devils 4, Flames 2 post-game embers: Oh, well

Ari Yanover
January 20 2016 08:00AM

The Flames probably could have used some of those power play goals their previous game, eh?

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Post-Game: The Devil's Hands Are Idle Play Things

Ryan Pike
January 19 2016 07:48PM

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Already smarting from a shootout loss in Edmonton on the weekend, the Calgary Flames got out to an 0-1-1 start on their five-game road trip by virtue of a 4-2 loss in Newark to the New Jersey Devils.

The Flames never led the game and weren't amazing at even-strength, relying on their special teams to keep the game close. Their attempted third period comeback never quite got where it needed to go against a composed Devils squad, and so the Flames failed to gain any points in the Western Conference playoff race.

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A Mid-Season Glance at the 2016 NHL Draft

Ryan Pike
January 19 2016 02:00PM

The National Hockey League's Central Scouting Service released its mid-season rankings today, showing their comparisons of North American and European skaters and goaltenders.

In the context of the Calgary Flames, now we can take a look at roughly where players are projected to go (by Central Scouting) and get a sense of what players might be available when the Flames head to the podium in late June in scenic Buffalo, New York.

The underlying assumptions here are that (a) the Flames get Nashville's fourth round pick for Max Reinhart, (b) the Flames give up their seventh round pick for Freddie Hamilton, and (c) the Central Scouting rankings are a reasonable approximation of what the Flames see the rankings as. The third assumption is easily the dumbest, but it's required for this experiment. In realty, there are 30 teams with 30 sometimes radically different lists.

The draft order used here is pre-lottery and is based entirely on points percentage heading into today, and I'm trying to locate players in the rankings that fit Calgary's organizational needs and historical tendencies when it comes to the draft.

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FGD: A Trip to the Garden State

Ryan Pike
January 19 2016 12:00PM

After a tight 2-1 shootout loss in Edmonton on Saturday, the Calgary Flames really get to the meat of their five-game road trip as they hit Newark for a meeting with the New Jersey Devils.

Nobody really expected much from the Devils this season, but like the Flames last season, they're a scrappy bunch of players that are really gelling well together and playing some good hockey. It helps that they have a really good goalie that keeps them in most games in Cory Schneider.

The puck drops tonight at 7pm MT on Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Revisiting the perceived value of blocked shots

Ari Yanover
January 19 2016 10:00AM

[Editor's Note: clib542 has returned with a follow up guest post!]

Back in November, you may remember a postabout the value of blocking shots. After 17 games the numbers suggested there was little difference between blocking a shot, and shots attempted on net. Well, now the Flames are at the halfway point of the season, and the numbers have not only changed, but have shifted in such a direction to further make me question the value of blocking shots. 

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