November 01 2015 11:40AM
Since last season we've been tracking zone entries here at FlamesNation. The idea is that there's a ton of statistics that measure how often hockey players have the puck, but introduction of zone entry data can be combined with things Corsi or Scoring Chance percentages and Zone Start data to provide some insights into how players are used, who they play against, where they get the puck and what they do with it once they have it.
I just finished up the first 10 games of data, so let's take a look? Before we dive in, the usual disclaimers about the data should apply: it's collected by a person, so there are some subjectiveness in the data, and since it's been just 10 games, sample sizes are small so take everything with a grain of salt.
November 01 2015 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames won a game in regulation in October. Some of the usual things went wrong - too many pucks past a Calgary goaltender, too many glorious chances for the Flames just not getting through - but many more things went right.
For one thing, the Oilers were missing several golden chances of their own, often times not even able to get their sticks on what would have been a sure goal. For another thing, Michael Frolik's hat trick is probably the most hilarious hat trick ever witnessed.
For another thing, the Flames won a game they deserved to win.
October 31 2015 11:14PM
The Flames rolled into Rexall desperate for a win tonight. Or, if not a win, at least a reasonable facsimile of a good game.
The Oilers have been Slump Busters for Calgary (and most of the league) for a better part of a decade, but there were certainly no guarantees for a Flames club who have looked like a strong contender for the Auston Matthews lottery so far.
Luckily the local heroes finally managed to pull off a regulation win. And I do mean "luckily"
October 31 2015 07:21PM
In news that shouldn't be surprising given Brad Treliving's reputation as a guy that explores every option and the performance of the Calgary Flames defensively through 11 games, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman had an interesting tidbit during tonight's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast. Friedman divulged that the Flames are one of many clubs sending representatives to Europe for the Karjula Cup tournament.
The objective? Scouting, and presumably wooing, Russian defenseman Nikita Zaitsev, who has indicated that he'll be coming over to North America after his contract expires following this season.
October 31 2015 04:00PM
I was thinking about the situation that the Calgary Flames - and several other clubs - are in earlier this week, and a thought occurred to be after reading Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts. I think teams are waiting to make potential coaching changes until they know what the league's compensation policy will end up being.