Analytics and The Waiting Game for Bob Hartley

Ryan Pike
December 10 2014 10:52AM

We're roughly a third of the way through the 2014-15 schedule, which means that we're inching closer and closer to the end of Bob Hartley's original deal with the Calgary Flames.

Given his success this season, he's bound to get an extension. Right? I'm still of the mindset that he will get another deal, but I'm wondering what the hold-up is. But I think I've figured it out.

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Post-Game: Back-to-Back Losses

Ryan Pike
December 09 2014 08:57PM

We've got good news and bad news for you, gang.

The Calgary Flames didn't get shut out. Nope, they scored a goal despite being down 2-0 after two periods. Unfortunately, they couldn't continue their miraculous run of comebacks and now have finally lost back-to-back games in regulation. They began their road trip with a 4-1 set-back at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They now have a 17-10-2 record through 29 games, finally cracking double-digits in regulation losses.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #29: Journey to the Centre of the Universe! (5:30pm MT; Sportsnet West)

Ryan Pike
December 09 2014 09:39AM

The Calgary Flames hit the road tonight for the first game of a four-game eastern road trip that'll take them through the outhouses and penthouses of the National Hockey League.

First up? Tonight, the Flames (17-9-2) visit the Toronto Maple Leafs (14-9-3) at Air Canada Centre.

The Flames have won seven of their last ten, but had a four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday night against the San Jose Sharks. The Leafs have won three of their last four and five of their last six, finally getting their legs going after a three game losing streak that had everyone and their dog crying about blowing the team up.

The puck drops at 5:30pm MT and the game is on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

For a view from the other side, check out the coverage from our fine eastern colleagues at The Leafs Nation.

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Flames Expectations First Update

December 08 2014 08:30AM

At the beginning of the season I took a look at the Flames and ran some numbers like sh%, ppg pace, historical games played and the like. Using that information I estimated the number of games played, estimated sh%, sv%, and so on for the Flames players.

Most times we stop at the quarter-points of the season to assess a team. I’m choosing to stop at the one-third marker in order to provide a larger sample size and to try to bridge some of the borders that exists within a season, to blur the edges so to speak, so that the data may have a bit more applicability to the larger season rather than being a snapshot of the here and now.

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Sunday Open Thread: Who Goes When Raymond Returns?

Ryan Pike
December 07 2014 11:06AM

Matt Stajan returned to the Calgary Flames line-up last night after missing 16 games with a knee injury. His return meant that Corban Knight went to the American Hockey League - both guys were fourth line centers - and that Sven Baertschi was bounced from the line-up (Lance Bouma moved from center to the wing).

Mason Raymond is also nearing a return. What happens when he's back?

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