February 09 2015 04:45PM
With 29 games remaining on their 2014-15 schedule, the Calgary Flames are hoping to transform from "a surprisingly good hockey club, all things considered" into "a playoff team." The key part of that transformation is to continue to win games against divisional and conference opponents.
Their latest test will be their fifth and final match-up with the San Jose Sharks.
The Flames (29-21-3) are coming off a tough and one-sided loss to the Penguins on Friday. The Sharks (28-19-7) are coming off a loss to the Canucks on Saturday. Both teams desperately need wins to keep their playoff hopes strong. The Flames beat the Sharks decisively on Wednesday via a 3-1 score. The Sharks definitely want to return the favour. The Flames have won three of the preceding four games with the Sharks this season.
The puck drops at 8:30pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan. Our condolences to Flames fans in the East, as you will likely fall asleep at your desk at work tomorrow.
February 09 2015 04:00PM
Could the Calgary Flames be interested in orchestrating a deal with the Winnipeg Jets that helps the fledgling Manitoba franchise rid themselves of their recent Evander Kane headache?
It seems like a long shot, but the club is interested in exploring the possibility, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
February 09 2015 01:00PM
The Calgary Flames play their 54th game of the season later today. In anticipation of that contest, let's review some numbers, shall we?
There are three commonly-used possession statistics: Corsi, Fenwick and Scoring Chances. By sheer coincidence, all can be found on the helpful War On Ice site.
- Corsi percentage is the percentage of all shots, blocked shots and missed shots towards the opponent's net, no matter where they're taken.
- Fenwick percentage is the percentage of all shots and missed shots, ignoring blocked shots.
Scoring Chances, per War on Ice's explanation: (detailed with images at numbers at the link)
"In the low danger zone, unblocked rebounds and rush shots only.
In the medium danger zone, all unblocked shots.
In the high danger zone, all shot attempts (since blocked shots taken here may be more representative of more “wide-open nets”, though we don’t know this for sure.)"
- And when I tabulate Scoring Chances here, I use all Corsi events (shots/blocks/misses) from the "home plate" area.
Let's compare what the three numbers tell us.
February 09 2015 11:33AM
They've been called "the Glenn Healy" of NHL Power Rankings, they've been furiously annotated and derided as useless. And now they're here. Available across the Nation Network: it's NHL Power Rankings!
February 08 2015 03:00PM
Most of the teams in the Western Conference playoff picture have about 30 (or so) games remaining. There's plenty of time for things to go right or wrong for everybody.
Here's a look at how the race shapes up heading into the coming week.