The Present Past: Calgary's Hockey Stampede

Taylor McKee
January 12 2016 03:00PM

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Maurice Richard, Elmer Lach, and Toe Blake guided the Montreal Canadiens to the 1946 Stanley Cup over the Boston Bruins in a five-game rout. With all due respect to one of the most storied organizations in professional sports, they can kick rocks. 

In 1946, the only championship that mattered to many Calgarians had little to do with the Stanley Cup or professional hockey at all. Another trophy was front of mind for Calgary hockey fans of the mid-twentieth century, as Calgary's team competed in one of Canada's oldest and most storied hockey tournaments, a tournament that still exists today. Come read about it after the jump.  

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Roster News: Hudler Back Wednesday, Bouma Injured Again

Ryan Pike
January 12 2016 01:00PM

After last night's tough 5-4 loss to the San Jose Sharks the Calgary Flames had some different-looking lines at practice. Head coach Bob Hartley also disclosed some line-up news for tomorrow (which is WEDNESDAY, not Thursday, because Ryan doesn't remember days of the week anymore.)

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Assessing Individual Player Performance at the Halfway Point

Ryan Pike
January 12 2016 10:00AM

We're at the half-way point of the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season and this seems like a perfectly fine time to take a look at the performance of the team's players. And since the NHL already helpfully tabulates goals, assists, points and other wonderful standard statistics, we'll be taking a different slant and assessing the club's performance through a couple advanced statistics methods.

Disclaimer: the majority of this was written prior to Monday's 5-4 loss to San Jose, though that game really didn't do anything to dispute any of the claims made here.

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Sharks 5, Flames 4 post-game embers: Deserved better

Ari Yanover
January 12 2016 08:00AM

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When you limit the opposition to just 18 shots on goal while you get 35 yourself, that's typically a sign you're doing things right. And the Flames, indeed, did a lot of things right last night. They generated scoring chances. They scored four of their own, including two on the much-maligned power play. 

They out-possessed the Sharks to a laughable extent: 63 corsi events to 33, for 65.63%. The new top line combination showed promise, and they did everything they could to get the win. But this is hockey, and sometimes, it just doesn't work out.

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Post Game: How Lucky [They] Are

Taylor McKee
January 11 2016 10:01PM


Tonight was a bit of a strange game. It was a game the Flames had a fairly decent shot at winning, surrendered five goals, badly outshot the Sharks for the vast majority of the game (35-18 in total), didn't play particularly badly, and still lost. 

Sometimes, things just don't go your way. 

Come see what happened after the jump!

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