FGD: Grasping At Straws

bookofloob
December 14 2014 09:28AM


It's Game Day, citizens, and your Calgary Flames are mired in their worst losing skid in quite some time. There does not look to be an easy out o'er the horizon here either, as the Flames travel to the Windy City (why DO they call it that?) for an encounter with those damn Blackhawks, who apparently do not lose anymore.

On paper, things look bleak. The Hawks have won 8 of their last 9, typically do not lose at home, beat Calgary in their last meeting, and realistically should already have a 2-0 lead in the season series if not for some early season heroics by Jonas Hiller and Mikael Backlund (goddamn it we miss you Mickis).


And of course, the Flames have...regressed. We won't get into it, we don't do any told you so's, partly because you all already knew this was going to happen, and like the rest of us here at Flames Nation, you hate that the Flames have planted their faces firmly into the wall even though you saw it coming. No need to pile on, we all know what's up. We all want the fantasy to continue.

In an effort to swing the momentum around back to our heroes in white (as of course, the Hawks are wearing those beautiful yet racially insensitive red silks on this day), I'm willing to try just about anything within my control, which as we all know, is essentially zero, but that doesn't mean the effort isn't there. So I thought today, I'd have my wonderful friend stace, from the Battle of California (and some other blog that probably doesn't need much mention), come in and give the Flames a word of encouragement by talking pure trash about the Hawks. Stace has absolutely no connection to the Hawks, but she is my favourite person in the world and also happens to think Chicago is boring as hell. Obviously we're all going to want to lend an ear and hang on her every word, because that is terrific.

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First Star, Worst Star: December 14, 2014

jeanshorts
December 14 2014 07:25AM

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Only 11 more sleeps until Christmas, and only 7 more sleeps until the next First Star, Worst Star, so you may want to read this one 200 to 300 times between now and then just to be safe. 

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Smid to IR, Potter Recalled

Ryan Pike
December 13 2014 08:18PM

While we don't know exactly how messed up Ladislav Smid was by that hit last night by Simon Despres, we now have an indication. The Flames announced today that Smid has been placed on the IR, which means he'll be on the sidelines for at least one week.

To fill his roster spot, the club has recalled veteran defender Corey Potter from Adirondack of the American Hockey League.

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THE FANTASY MINUTE

Nation World HQ
December 13 2014 11:00AM


NHL Fantasy Hockey tips from The Nation Network and DailyFaceoff.com. Here’s a quick run through of the best Fantasy Hockey waiver adds, sleepers and buy-low sell-high candidates for the week (Based on 12 team leagues).

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WOWY December Update

Ryan Pike
December 13 2014 10:00AM

It's an off-day today for the Calgary Flames, so let's take a gander at some stats! Shall we?

Here's a look at With or Without You (WOWY) differentials, as of the first 28 games. It's not entirely current, but close enough to be interesting. The differentials indicate how much better (positive) or worse (negative) a teammate is in CorsiFor percentage terms when playing with a player compared to without.

As such, a player with a lot of positive differentials makes their teammates better, while somebody with a lot of negative numbers drags 'em down. My cut-off here was 100 even-strength minutes played as a pairing.

Players are listed in terms of their overall CorsiFor percentage, so we'll be going from best players to worst players, and their teammates are listed in order of who plays together the most often.

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