November 02 2015 02:15PM
Coming into this season, there was a lot of excitement about the Flames' defence. And why wouldn't there be? Not only did they already boast arguably the best pairing in the league, but they added a young player who looked to already be a top pairing defenceman.
It did lead to some discussion, though. How would Dougie Hamilton shake up the defence pairings? The Flames had a pretty established top four, but he was going to disrupt it for the better.
T.J. Brodie's pre-season injury destroyed all of that, though. But now that he's back, and hasn't even missed a step, it's time to re-explore the Flames' options - as well as return to the pre-conceived notion that Hamilton absolutely is a top four defenceman.
November 02 2015 10:00AM
A lot has been made about Calgary's goaltending through the first 12 games of the 2015-16 season. And with good reason, considering that no team allowed more goals in the month of October (49) than the Calgary Flames, and the club also spent the first few weeks of the season constantly answering questions about the three-man goaltending "rotation" that was of their own devising.
After a dozen games, let's spend some time delving into just how bad Calgary's goaltending (and goaltenders) actually is.
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"