FGD: Stay the Course! Staying the Course, Sir!

Pat Steinberg
December 27 2010 11:54AM

We've heard the three words "stay the course" plenty of times from Calgary Flames Head Coach Brent Sutter over the last two months or so.  As the Flames get set for the Buffalo Sabres tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome (7 pm, Sportsnet West and The FAN 960), those three words remain the ones to live by for the embattled team.

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Size Has No Impact On Faceoff Percentage: 2009-10 Data

Jonathan Willis
December 24 2010 10:36AM

 

A question that has come up a few times is whether big players tend to have an advantage when taking faceoffs. There is a certain logic to the idea that they do: after all, bigger, stronger players should be able to outmuscle their smaller counterparts in the faceoff circle.

The data, however, suggests something else entirely: that there is no advantage to being big when it comes to taking face-offs.

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Some thoughts, Death Watch and Merry Christmas!

Kent Wilson
December 24 2010 09:23AM

 

 

Things will slow down a bit here at FlamesNation with Calgary's next game being on the 28th. Well will, however, be on top of any sudden news the organization may deign to announce during that interval *cough*firings*cough* (not that I'm holding my breath).

- Scoring chances for the Dallas contest will be posted by the 29th. Sounds like the Flames had their best outing in awhile. Maybe I should avoid watching every road game live from now on?

- In the meantime, check out Flames prospects Joni Ortio, John Ramage and Tim Erixon in the WJC. Ortio should be Finland's starting goaltender, Ramage is a depth defender for the Americans and Erixon will be a primary, top-two guy for Sweden. Of the three, Ortio and Erixon are the guys Im most interested in. Ryan Howse was a hopeful for the Canadian team, but was a late scratch from camp. His torrid scoring pace from the start of the year has slowed somewhat recently. 

- There's no reason to continue to scratch Mikael Backlund. We discussed this previously when he ended up in the press box, but at 21-years old and not waiver eligible, Backlund should be playing somewhere - be it for the Flames or for the Heat. Personally I think he's an NHLer at this point, but the decision makers seem to disagree. If so, send him on the short flight to Abbotsford. For him to watch another game without injury would be absurd.

- Finally, thanks to all our readers and commenters, new and old. The site has enjoyed a lot of growth in the past 10 months or so and we hope to continue to both grow and improve. Also, I'd like to personally thank Pat Steinberg (and the FAN960), Ryan Lambert and Robert Cleave for their hard work and on-going contributions.

Happy Holidays everyone. Here's hoping 2010 was the low point for the Flames organization for a long time.

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Postgame: A Christmas Miracle!

Pat Steinberg
December 23 2010 09:53PM

Okay, perhaps a little hyperbole in the title, because the fact is the Calgary Flames won a hockey game they played well enough to win on Thursday night in Dallas.  Alex Tanguay was the man of the hour, tying the game late and scoring the only goal in a shootout to propel the Flames to 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.  And seeing as how it's the last game before Christmas, why not...it's a miracle!

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The Word “Stress” – Meaningless For Professional Athletes?

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2010 05:16PM

Meandering around the internets the other day, I came across a compelling article by Steven Reiss, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Ohio State University. It was his opening statement that caught my attention:

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