Taking a closer look at the top line's high shooting percentages

Ari Yanover
March 22 2015 11:00AM

The Flames' sudden jump in shooting percentage is one of the reasons they're in a playoff position this year. Following my piece, Beloch pointed out the Flames' top point-getters are all beneficiaries of this phenomenon; and as of today, are the team's only 20 goal scorers. Kent touched on this some in his most recent mailbag as well.

As Jiri Hudler is experiencing the second best shooting percentage of his career - and up 3.2% from last season - he's having a career year offensively. Many of us predicted Sean Monahan to regress based on his rookie shooting percentage of 15.7%, but he's only exceeded that, scoring even more along the way. Johnny Gaudreau's new so we can't really compare him to his previous performances, but we can note his clip isn't as high as his linemates'.

What are they doing to succeed so efficiently?

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Post-Game: Missed Opportunities

Ryan Pike
March 21 2015 05:03PM

The Calgary Flames had a home game against a non-playoff, non-conference opponent this afternoon.

They entered the third period with a one-goal lead. However, they only got a point, as they lost to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime by a 3-2 score.

Their loss moves them a point closer to the vaunted 95-point mark and a potential playoff spot, but it makes life a bit more difficult for them the rest of the way.

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FGD #72: An Early Game Late In Season (2pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 21 2015 09:00AM

It's Saturday!

And for some wacky reason, instead of the Calgary Flames playing a game at 8pm MT on Hockey Night in Canada, we get a 2pm MT game on Sportsnet West against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Whatever the reason, games are games and points are points, and the Flames have a scant 11 games remaining on their regular season schedule and an opportunity to move themselves closer to a playoff spot this afternoon against the Blue Jackets.

The Jackets are firmly in spoiler mode, having played a strong game on Thursday evening against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames will need to play a strong 60 minutes to get two points and inch closer to the post-season.

The puck drops at 2pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
March 21 2015 08:00AM

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In an effort to keep fans aware of the comings and goings of the other teams in the Smythe Pacific Division… The fine folks at The Royal Half have created the Pacific War Room… a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover Pacific Division teams. In order of the Pacific Division standings… we present the Pacific War Room!

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FN Mailbag - March 20, 2015

Kent Wilson
March 20 2015 03:00PM

Mailbag

It's Friday, March 20th which means it's the first day or spring and it's time for another mailbag session. I'll apologize up front if you don't see your question answered here. Unforunately I tend to receive a lot of requests, so I have to pare things down a bit.

This week we try to explain the Flames unexpected scoring prowess, the value of hits and the organization's depth down the middle. 

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