February 05 2015 07:01PM
The only news item on a rather quiet off-day for the Calgary Flames was the assignment of forwards Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund back to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
February 05 2015 01:00PM
Ice time is pretty important in ice hockey, but sometimes we don't talk about it very much. So today, I went over to War on Ice and generated a series of charts so we can briefly discuss things.
Today I'm focusing on two specific areas: defensemen and what I call "floating forwards." All the charts that follow are based on rolling five-game averages of even-strength ice time.
February 05 2015 11:00AM
There are approximately 30 games remaining for the majority of the teams left in the playoff chase, so let's take some time on this off-day for the Calgary Flames to examine their chances in greater depth.
I spent my evening looking through each team's remaining schedule.
Here's the gist.
February 05 2015 09:00AM
1. What if?
A quick look at the standings as I write this ahead of Wednesday night's game against the Sharks shows the Flames in eighth place in the West, with 59 points from 51 games. That put them somewhat comfortably ahead of a cluster of four teams with 54 or 55 points, though most have a game in hand.
And what I learned from some research I did last week, being five points out of a playoff spot this late in the season are effectively out of it. While some teams may be making a little bit of a hard charge lately — Colorado and Minnesota chief among them — and Los Angeles at least has the building blocks to do the same if they can ever recover from this woeful slump (just five wins from their last 21 games, which seems impossible), it's looking increasingly likely that the Calgary Flames will against all odds make the playoffs this year.
February 05 2015 12:12AM
It was yet another playoff-like game for the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night, as they went into battle with a divisional foe in the form of the San Jose Sharks. Despite playing a fairly solid game, and keeping the Flames on their heels for portions of the first and third periods, it was the Sharks that were left laying this evening.
By virtue of a very strong stretch in the second period, and an otherwise fairly solid game from the whole team, the Calgary Flames beat the San Jose Sharks 3-1 at the 'Dome. The Flames have moved into a tie with the Sharks for second place in the NHL's Pacific Division, and hold the tie-breaker by virtue of having more wins.