FN Mailbag: March 13, 2015

Kent Wilson
March 13 2015 01:00PM

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It's about that time again! The Flames continue to defy gravity and the very real chance they make the playoffs for the first time since 2010 looms large on the horizon. Hazzuh! Calgary's improbable success continue to cause tension between fans and "advanced stats" analysts however, so I got a lot of questions related to that in this week's mailbag. 

We also touch on Monahan comparables and some hypotheticals regarding the Flames blueline. 

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Is the Flames' shooting percentage sustainable?

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March 13 2015 12:00PM

Arii recently pointed out that the Flames shooting percentage has jumped from 9.2% (#12 in the league) last season to 10.6% (#2 in the league) this season.  That may not sound like much, but if the Flames had shot 9.2% this season they'd have scored 26 fewer goals and would likely not be in the playoff race.  If the Flames shooting percentage were identical to the league average this year, they would have scored 29 fewer goals.  Team shooting percentage is considered, by many, to be the essence of luck in hockey, even more so than PDO.  PDO lumps shooting percentage together with save percentage, which can clearly be influenced by good goal-tending.   Is the Flames' luck destined to run out?  

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Douglas Murray Joins Flames On A Tryout

Ryan Pike
March 13 2015 10:03AM

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No really, Douglas Murray is trying out with the Flames... 

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Around 9:30am MT this morning, the heavens opened up and the hockey world proclaimed with one confused exclamation.

"DOUGLAS MURRAY?!"

The Flames announced prior to their practice this morning that defenseman Douglas Murray has joined the team on a try-out basis. He joined the team today.

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Looking At Corsi And Game-By-Game Results

Ryan Pike
March 13 2015 09:03AM

There's been a lot of discussion about puck possession lately, particularly how Calgary is succeeding despite some pretty awful metrics in that area.

With another game up tonight, let's take a gander at how, specifically, they're doing.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 13 2015 06:30AM


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The Flames are not the Avalanche of last year, Kadri drama in Toronto, the perfect line combinations, player power rankings, leadership, the 2015 draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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