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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Pavel Karnaukhov could be a late-round steal for the Flames

Ryan Pike
January 19 2016 08:00AM

I've always found it a bit strange that the Calgary Flames share a building with the Calgary Hitmen yet so rarely draft players from that club. Then again, consider that the Flames' past experiences with Hitmen players as prospects were basically just 2000 picks Brent Krahn and Wade Davis, and minor-league free agent signing Brent Dodginghorse.

When the Flames selected Belarusian import forward Pavel Karnaukhov in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft, he was just the third Hitmen player they ever drafted. The bar is admittedly set pretty low, but the hope is that he'll be the best Hitmen player they've ever drafted, too.

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Calgary Inferno persevere against Toronto Furies in penultimate home series

Ari Yanover
January 18 2016 02:00PM


Since the Calgary Inferno had their last home game way back in early December, the CWHL standings have gotten a bit tighter. Calgary remains right at the top, having accrued a 14-2-2 record and 30 points over 18 games, but their standings lead is by no means comfortable.

It's a three-way race now, as Les Canadiennes have 28 points through 16 games, and the Brampton Thunder are up to 26 through 18 - including four points gained last week as the Thunder handed the Inferno overtime and shootout losses.

That doesn't mean any opponents can be taken for granted, as the Inferno found out this past weekend when they hosted the Toronto Furies in their penultimate home series of the season. The Furies only have four wins through 20 games, but they found a way to make things close.

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The Heat week that was: All or nothing

Ari Yanover
January 18 2016 12:00PM

The Heat went 2-1 this past week, scoring 13 goals on the way and allowing nine against. That's pretty good!

Kevin Poulin played the first two, while Joni Ortio got a crack in the second of a back-to-back. Meanwhile, Derek Grant led the way offensively with two goals and four assists through the week, but Emile Poirier (one goal, four assists) was close behind him. Freddie Hamilton had a three-point game, and Turner Elson picked up three points over the week, as well as 13 shots on net.

Stockton is still at the bottom of the Pacific Division with a .470 points percentage, but they're no longer the only team below .500, as the San Antonio Rampage have now joined them in that prestigious honour. The Rampage only have two more wins than the Heat with seven more games played, so sixth place could be in sight! It's the little things. Also, it is only January.

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