January 25 2012 09:47AM
Measuring a player’s defensive abilities and contributions is very difficult, as we discussed in the recent Babchuk vs Regehr series but perhaps there are a few things to be learned from catch-all statistics, like Hockey-Reference’s point shares, Tom Awad’s GVT, Alan Ryder’s Player Contributions and the WhatIfSports engine, and how they defensively rank Calgary’s current blue line of Anton Babchuk, Chris Butler, Cory Sarich, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano and Scott Hannan since the lock-out.
Nation World HQ
January 24 2012 10:06PM
When you're generating as little offensively as the Calgary Flames have of late, there are going to be nights where allowing even one goal is going to be too much. Such was the case Tuesday night, as the Flames fell to the San Jose Sharks 1-0 in their final game prior to the All Star break. While they continue to do a good job limiting the opposition, they're just not generating enough to put up wins at a sustainable pace.
January 24 2012 09:36PM
Final Score: 1-0 L
January 24 2012 06:19PM
The Flames have a decent shot at going into the ASG break on a winning note, which is good news since a lot of teams will make up some games in hand while the Flames sit around for the next week or so.
The Sharks remain a great team, but they are on the second night of a B2B and somewhat hobbled by injury. Clowe, Burns and Havlat are down for the count, all of whom are top of the rotation guys.
I'm not as jazzed by the hockey the Flames have played over the last few weeks as others (getting marginally outplayed most nights is still being outplayed) but at least the goaltending has been excellent and the team defense solid. More of that and a bit of luck and Calgary can stay in and around the hunt for 8th during their little mid-season vacation.
Nation World HQ
January 24 2012 12:16PM
So, for both the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames, the prospect of a nice mid-season break looms starting on Wednesday morning. In the midst of a grinding 82 game season, I can imagine there would be few things players would look forward to. Well, hopefully a nice beach with the family isn't what's on the minds of the Flames as they host the Sharks for the final game prior to the 2012 NHL All Star break (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960).