November 24 2015 04:00PM
The Calgary Flames are taking more penalties than they were a year ago. It's one of several factors that explains why the 2015-16 edition of the team isn't doing as well as the 2014-15 version, at least so far.
After all, when you take more penalties, it's more likely you're going to end up scored on. And when you have the level of goaltending the Flames did to start this season - which is to say, extraordinarily and unsustainably terrible - chances are pretty good a whole lot more pucks are going to go into the net.
That's what's happened. Although the Flames' penalty kill hasn't been particularly great as of late, it dropped to 74.6% this season from 80.6% the year before.
Other than save percentages, what's changed between this year and last? We're going to take a quick look at the skaters used on the kill to help find out.
November 24 2015 02:32PM
The nice people at Forbes have put together their annual National Hockey League franchise valuations, using a series of mechanisms, levers and pulleys to approximate the value of the league's clubs. The Calgary Flames were given an approximate valuation of $435 million by Forbes, down slightly from 2014 and good for 15th - right in the middle - for the league as a whole.
November 24 2015 12:00PM
After winning both games on their short two-game homestand, the Calgary Flames have quietly put together a respectable month of November. After going 3-8-1 in October, the Flames have gone 5-4-0 in November. It's hardly world-beating, but they're clawing back towards respectability.
This upcoming road trip is potentially big for the Flames; they have three games this week against Pacific Division opponents, beginning with the Anaheim Ducks. Much has been made about how awful the Pacific teams have been this year, to the point where the Flames hit the road just five points back of Vancouver for the final Pacific playoff spot. Hopefully the Flames have worked the kinks out of their game, because they could get themselves back into the playoff picture with good performances against Anaheim, Arizona and San Jose this week.
Who'd have thought that a few weeks ago?
The puck drops tonight at 8pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!
November 24 2015 09:30AM
The Calgary Flames return to Anaheim's Honda Center tonight for their first of three visits to Orange County this season. The Flames have lost their last 20 regular season dates in that building, dating back to the spring of 2004.
Here's a quick and dirty trip down memory lane at 11 years and 20 games worth of futility.
November 23 2015 03:00PM
We're through the first 21 games of the 2015-16 Calgary Flames season and the results have been mixed. After playing terrible ice hockey for their first 10-ish games, the Flames have been playing much better of late and began the second quarter of their season with an emphatic victory over the defending Stanley Cup Champions on Friday night.
To commemorate the first 25% of the schedule with their thoughts - and so we can re-use my favourite image on the site - please welcome Ari, Kent, myself, Byron, Mike, Taylor, Beloch and Christian for the latest edition of the FlamesNation roundtable!