November 20 2011 02:55PM
This week’s edition of the Nation Network Hockey Pool has a new leader, as the previous front-runner slips into second place.
November 20 2011 12:07PM
As of today, November 20th 2011, Jarome Iginla sits fourth on the Flames in scoring with just four goals and nine points in 18 games. He is also a team worst -10. Although he's one of the higtes paid forward in the league, Jarome currently sits 170th in league scoring, trailing the likes of David Desharnais, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nik Antropov, Maxime Talbot, Chad Larose, Jason Chimera...you get the idea.
November 18 2011 10:29PM
As the immortal Ric Flair says: "to be the man, you've gotta beat the man." Well, in this case, they did at least half of that, knocking off the NHL's top team, the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2 on Friday night. It was one of, if not the, best efforts of the season for the Flames as they were full marks start to finish. The most important thing is they were rewarded for playing their game start to finish.
November 18 2011 09:46PM
Final Score: 5-2W
November 18 2011 06:16PM
The Blackhawks have gon eon a bit of a tear since the last time these two teams met. It's not luck either - even though they currently dress Daniel Carcillo in their top six (hockey's version of the tasmanian devil, only slightly less rational) Chicago is one the very best possession teams in the league. Their corsi tied ratio (eliminated playing to score effects) is .567 (.565 fenwick ratio for the keeners). I don't have to look anything up to know that's in the top-3 in the league. The Flames, in contrast, are at about .513 while clubs like Edmonton and Minnesota are .460 or lower.
So the Hawks remain heavy weights. They played a high risk game against the Flames about a week ago and were uncharacteristically loose in their own end leading to a number of Calgary chances off the rush. I would be surprised if that happens again tonight, but here's hoping...