December 20 2013 08:51AM
The recent struggles of Sean Monahan is a topic of interest for me, in part because it sparked a discussion about the nature of analysis, particularly regarding valuing results and processes. Let's get to the Monahan stuff first and the rest will follow. I'll talk about Mikael Backlund (yes, again) here as well.
December 19 2013 10:19PM
So...things in Detroit these days are the opposite of affluent, and the Wings, sensitive to the fact that they're a collection of millionaires living amongst the regular citizens of a city that declared bankruptcy, are doing their part to fitting in by making sure they're not successful at Joe Louis Arena. They're only 5-9-6 at home this year, and just haven't looked good in their own barn.
So the Flames, who have been steadily improving as the month of December slides on, should have had a chance, perhaps even been the favourite to win this tilt with the Wings tonight, right?
Well about that...the results of the Chiasson Invitational after the jump!
December 19 2013 12:01PM
Pic via Ktpupp
Tonight, the Flames head to a North American city where there are about 350 stray dogs per square mile. No, not Mexico City but good guess! They like to call this Mad-Maxian dystopia, "Detroit."
The hockey team that plays in Detroit are always, always good. Like, frustratingly so.So much so that Mike Babcock, featured on HBO's 24/7 said longingly and with a straight face, "We haven't won a cup since '08..." As in 2008, and not 1908. Yes, many hardships have befallen poor Red Wings fans and their great cup drought of five years.
The Wings (15-12-9) have moved to the Eastern conference for this season and are currently four points behind Tampa Bay for third spot in the Atlantic division. They currently own one of two wild-card positions but this is not exactly been an ideal season for the Wings so far who are surprisingly inept at home with a 5-9-6 record.
December 19 2013 08:53AM
1. The less said about Boston, the better
Tuesday night featured yet another loss to the Bruins this season, this time on the other side of the continent. But what's interesting about that is the fact that it was in fact the third straight shutout suffered by the Flames at TD Garden.
That's 180 straight minutes without a single goal, but the goalless streak is actually a little longer than that because the last goal scored by Calgary in Boston was Alex Tanguay from Chuck Kobasew and Matthew Lombardi at 10:24 of the third in a 3-2 loss on — get this — Oct. 19, 2006. Since then, the Flames have been outscored 16-0 in three games on the road against the Bruins, 5-0, 9-0, and now 2-0. There are second-grade children alive right this second who have never seen the Flames score a goal in Boston. That is mind-blowing.
December 18 2013 12:56PM
-piv via insidehockey
Since Brian Burke has taken over and emphasized a need to get bigger, the Flames fan base has mixed reviews on whether or not they are on board with this notion. With this in mind and after a recent request from FN reader Matthew Kutarna, we're going to have a look at size as it relates to impact players.
Kent talked at great length about the issue of "getting bigger" yesterday. A sticking point of the article is that teams should not be getting bigger for the sake of getting bigger. Rather, teams should be focused on getting skilled rather than bigger and not the other way around. If the skill comes with size that's an obvious double threat that any fan would welcome with open arms.