December 04 2014 11:30AM
A year ago, almost to the day, the Calgary Flames were in a sticky wicket.
The team wasn't great, having lost beloved captain Mark Giordano to an injury just as they got out of the starting blocks. To add insult to injury, beloved former captain Jarome Iginla came back to town with his new team, the powerhouse Boston Bruins, and beat the Flames at home.
Calgary finished sub-.500 and out of the playoffs. Iginla's Bruins made the playoffs. (And Jay Feaster, the guy who traded Iginla, got fired two days after Boston's visit.)
Tonight, Jarome Iginla re-returns with his new new team, the Colorado Avalanche (9-11-5). Circumstances have changed, as the Calgary Flames (16-8-2) are the team near the top of the NHL right now and the Avalanche are closer to the outhouse than the penthouse. And when you consider that the Flames traded Iginla to jump-start their rebuild and give him a chance to win a Stanley Cup, the current standings placement is pretty wacky.
Can the Flames continue their winning ways? Find out at 7pm MT on Sportsnet One and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
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December 04 2014 09:35AM
NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).
December 04 2014 08:30AM
1. Heaping praise on Giordano
I mentioned this on Puck Daddy yesterday but wanted to get a little more in-depth here: What TJ Brodie and Mark Giordano continue to do on the Flames blue line is nothing short of mind-bending.
Giordano was named the league's Player of the Month for November, and rightfully so. The latest GVT stats (which can be extremely hit-or-miss in terms of assessing value) currently rate him as being the No. 2 player in the league behind only Sidney Crosby, which is a crazy stat that I cannot actually believe.
December 03 2014 11:29AM
The Calgary Flames are a successful team, standings-wise. They enter today's NHL action with a 16-8-2 record, good for a 65.4 points percentage despite the Flames not having an amazing Corsi For percentage, which is held by the analytics community as a predictor of wins and points.
For some added context on how the Flames are doing, let's compare them with Edmonton and Buffalo - two truly not-good teams - on a Rolling 10 Game basis!
December 02 2014 11:45PM
A year ago, Josh Jooris was a relatively anonymous complementary player for the AHL's Abbotsford Heat. But life's weird sometimes, and tonight he scored three goals.
Seriously, in an NHL game. He now has 8 goals this season. He had 11 all of last season in the American League.
The Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes by a 5-2 score tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Their string of strong play, combined with occasional good bounces, continues.