February 10 2015 10:00AM
Well, seeing as they went over pretty well last week, and seeing as it was something that we decided was going to be a weekly feature well before it ever got posted, the Flames Nation Weekly Power Rankings have returned. (A day late, but you know, pretend it's Monday. Everyone likes to pretend it's Monday)
If you don't know, and you don't because nobody knows what power rankings really are (myself included), this is a feature where I look at the movers and shakers surrounding your Calgary Flames, find some common trends within that data, drink a lot, and then discard all that information in favour of some quick hits ranking those on the team in a matter most disparate of fact or logic.
You'd think I'd be sorry about it. You'd think. Anywho, here they are! As always, please take these rankings seriously. I almost worked very hard on them.
February 09 2015 11:33PM
Oh. Right. Meaningful hockey is absolutely the most nerve-wracking thing ever.
The Flames beat the San Jose Sharks for the third time this season on the road and moved back into second place in the Pacific Division. That is only the essential information though. This game was certainly a ring-a-ding-dong-dandy.There were times in this game where it was literally painful to watch for me and I am sure I am not alone. It felt...nice. Somehow.
Also, the Flames won in front of their dads which is pretty darn adorable. It warmed the space where my cynical heart used to live.
Flames won 4-1, come check out how after the jump!
February 09 2015 04:45PM
With 29 games remaining on their 2014-15 schedule, the Calgary Flames are hoping to transform from "a surprisingly good hockey club, all things considered" into "a playoff team." The key part of that transformation is to continue to win games against divisional and conference opponents.
Their latest test will be their fifth and final match-up with the San Jose Sharks.
The Flames (29-21-3) are coming off a tough and one-sided loss to the Penguins on Friday. The Sharks (28-19-7) are coming off a loss to the Canucks on Saturday. Both teams desperately need wins to keep their playoff hopes strong. The Flames beat the Sharks decisively on Wednesday via a 3-1 score. The Sharks definitely want to return the favour. The Flames have won three of the preceding four games with the Sharks this season.
The puck drops at 8:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Our condolences to Flames fans in the East, as you will likely fall asleep at your desk at work tomorrow.
February 09 2015 04:00PM
Could the Calgary Flames be interested in orchestrating a deal with the Winnipeg Jets that helps the fledgling Manitoba franchise rid themselves of their recent Evander Kane headache?
It seems like a long shot, but the club is interested in exploring the possibility, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
February 09 2015 01:00PM
The Calgary Flames play their 54th game of the season later today. In anticipation of that contest, let's review some numbers, shall we?
There are three commonly-used possession statistics: Corsi, Fenwick and Scoring Chances. By sheer coincidence, all can be found on the helpful War On Ice site.
- Corsi percentage is the percentage of all shots, blocked shots and missed shots towards the opponent's net, no matter where they're taken.
- Fenwick percentage is the percentage of all shots and missed shots, ignoring blocked shots.
Scoring Chances, per War on Ice's explanation: (detailed with images at numbers at the link)
"In the low danger zone, unblocked rebounds and rush shots only.
In the medium danger zone, all unblocked shots.
In the high danger zone, all shot attempts (since blocked shots taken here may be more representative of more “wide-open nets”, though we don’t know this for sure.)"
- And when I tabulate Scoring Chances here, I use all Corsi events (shots/blocks/misses) from the "home plate" area.
Let's compare what the three numbers tell us.