December 01 2011 06:36PM
The panic button was firmly pressed by various and sundry in town the last time these two teams faced off. The Flames came out flat against the NHL's lowliest basement dweller and rapidly dug a hole from which there was no escape. The loss was the sort of humiliation Flames fans in weren't prepared to absorb with good humor given the Calgary's own poor start to the season.
The Blue Jackets aren't elite by any means, but the truth is there should be no abnormal stigma attached to losing to them. Not when they have someone aside from Mason in net at least. They are a solidly middling club otherwise with a couple of weapons up front that can do some damage. They're a good goalie and few other minor pieces away from being at least upper-middle class team.
Columbus may have an Islanders-like record, but the BJ's aren't the Islanders in terms of true talent. Their season is cooked because of the awful start, but look for them to post some better numbers in the second half of the year before selling off pieces at the deadline.
December 01 2011 03:57PM
The response to Anaheim’s firing of Randy Carlyle has been barely contained glee in many quarters. Over at SBNation’s blog Anaheim Calling, the news was inititally celebrated with an ALL CAPS POST. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski called the decision to swap Carlyle for Bruce Boudreau (fired on Monday by the Washington Capitals) a “genius move.” Helene Elliott opined that the Ducks had tuned Carlyle out.
However good the reasons may have been for firing Randy Carlyle, the decision does not reflect well on Ducks general manager Bob Murray. How so? I’ll explain.
Nation World HQ
December 01 2011 11:35AM
The first time Calgary played Columbus this year, it ended in a 4-1 win for the Jackets in one of the Flames least inspired performances of the year. Tonight, Calgary looks for their first three game winning streak of the season when they take on the Blue Jackets at the Saddledome (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960). It's Calgary first of 16 games in the month of December, the busiest single month I can ever remember them playing.
December 01 2011 10:04AM
I asked the questions in the Flamesnation quarter pole roundtablem but I didn't get to share my own thoughts on Flames and the season at hand. Now is as good a time as any.
November 30 2011 04:03PM
In the third installment of the NHLNumbers podcast, the regular cast including myself, JW and Justin Azevedo is joined by Robert Vollman, Flamesnation contributor and Hockey Prospectus author and one of the senior figures in quantitative hockey analysis. This episode features discussions of the psychological biases and habits that make objective analysis in hockey paradoxically counter-inuitive to the way we see and think about the game.