Stat Shot is illuminating and informative

Ryan Pike
September 06 2016 02:00PM

I honestly cannot remember the first time I read Rob Vollman's work on advanced statistics and hockey analytics. I'm sure it had to have been sometime around 2005 or 2006, but by that time he'd already become ubiquitous with what I like to call "looking at hockey with an academic sensibility." After a few years of working in relative obscurity, Vollman has broken through into a mainstream niche as the go-to guy in analytics – evidenced by his column on NHL.com and plentiful radio hits on places like Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

Vollman's first print book, Hockey Abstract Presents... Stat Shot: The Ultimate Guide to Hockey Analytics, is exactly what you would expect from him – it's what he's been doing, but on a larger scale. To put it another way: if his previous editions of the Hockey Abstract were his Evil Dead, Stat Shot is his Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness. It is an extension of his previous work, but on a much larger scale.

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KIDS THESE DAYS

Robin Brownlee
September 06 2016 01:00PM

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the fuzzy-cheeked collection of players known as Team North America get after it at the World Cup of Hockey with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers leading the way.

While that might not be a take you expect from somebody of my vintage who has been accused from time to time of yelling and telling kids to stay the hell off my lawn – it’s true – TNA, a collection of the best and brightest 23-and-under players from the NHL, is the most intriguing team at the tournament for me.

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Flames best and worst line combos from 2015-16

Kent Wilson
September 06 2016 11:00AM

It's September, the time when hockey fans start to create depth charts and line combinations in earnest. 

Brad Treliving did some reconstructive surgery to the club's starboard side this year, so it's hard to predict just how the new forward units will shake out. A new coaching staff behind the bench adds another layer of unpredictability.

For now, all we can go on was what worked (and what didn't) last year. Former coach Bob Hartley cycled through a number of different alternatives up front in his quest to find chemistry. Some worked out well, others... not so much.

Here's a look at the Flames' three best and three worst line combos from last season.

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Calgary should offer Kris Versteeg a PTO

Mike FAIL
September 06 2016 08:00AM


When news broke yesterday that Kris Versteeg wouldn't be heading to the NLA due to insurance issues, yet another able-bodied forward became available. This isn't a Chris Higgins situation but more of a chance to pursue a player considerably more skilled.

And if we're being honest here, Kris Versteeg offers more than some existing roster players.

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World Cup practices begin: who are the Flames playing with?

Ryan Pike
September 05 2016 12:00PM

It's Labour Day, the traditional end of the summer and surefire sign that the hockey season will soon be upon us. Since everyone will soon be glued to the television (or camped out at McMahon Stadium) for the Labour Day Classic, here's a brief news update to keep you informed.

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