Byron Bader
September 10 2014 08:30AM

Zone entries, while in their infancy, are the next big wave of advanced hockey stats that are going to shape our understanding of possession-numbers.  Teams remain curious but cautious about corsi and fenwick stats, but I have yet to hear a team that doesn't see immense value in zone entry stats.  The only problem ... they're not readily available. Corey Sznajder, of Carolina Hurricanes blog 'Shutdown Line', has spent his summer ever so greatly manually tracking zone entries for the 2013-14 and was kind enough to provide FN a sample of the first half (49 games) of the 2013-14 Flames.  

You can follow Corey's great work at www.shutdownline.com or on twitter: @ShutdownLine. As well, if you'd like to help fund this wonderful project of his, here's the link:  www.gofundme.com/allthreezones

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Meet the Try-Outs

Ryan Pike
September 09 2014 08:30AM

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The Calgary Flames announced their rookie camp roster yesterday, and eight names probably stood out on that list for casual observers - because nobody knew a lick about 'em.

Eight players - a goaltender, three blueliners and four forwards - are attending camp on try-outs. Seven of them have no deals of any kind in place for 2014-15.

Here's a quick rundown on who the heck these guys are.

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Flames Announce Rookie Camp Roster & Schedule

Ryan Pike
September 08 2014 02:58PM

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Amidst the snow and sleet of today's blustery conditions, the Calgary Flames brought some light and warmth, in the form of their rookie camp roster and schedules.

Yes, hockey is almost here.

The club today announced the 29 players that will represent the Flames in Penticton for the Young Stars Classic, as well as in the traditional one-game exhibition with the U of C Dinos men's team.

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News and Notes - September 8 2014

Ryan Pike
September 08 2014 08:30AM

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It's beginning to look like time for hockey, both in terms of the calendar and in terms of Calgary's weather! The European pro hockey schedule has begun and pretty soon we'll be underway in North America, as well!

Here's a quick Monday morning primer for your perusal.

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Weekend Open Thread: Calm Before The Storm

Ryan Pike
September 06 2014 09:30AM

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Good news, everybody!

Prospect camp opens on Thursday! The Flames join Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg in Penticton for the Young Stars Tournament beginning on Friday, so this time next week, we will be talking about hockey. Real, honest-to-goodness, actual hockey.

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