January 20 2012 10:21AM
A lot of people think that statistical analysis of hockey is complete nonsense, and last week we showed how these detractors appear quite justified when virtually every defensive statistic agrees that Anton Babchuk is as good as (or even better than) Robyn Regehr defensively.
January 19 2012 11:40PM
The Calgary Flames have scored just four regulation goals in their last four games, yet they've won a pair of those games and have five of a possible eight points. It's not what you'd call a sustainable brand of hockey, but it's worked to this point, and they picked up another win Thursday night by taking a 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings.
January 19 2012 11:36PM
Final Score: 2-1 SOW
January 19 2012 07:30PM
With all the drama of the Sutter brothers feud and Cammalleri's return drained by the game last week, this contest comes down to the Flames simply trying to hang around the playoff picture. Calgary currently hangs on to the last rung on the WC ladder before a steep drop-off into the basement. The Flames 48 points is good enough for 12th - above them are no less than 4 clubs clawing for 8th. Below them is Anahim at 39 points and then oblivion.
Calgary played well enough in San Jose to get a point. Their new top line played Thornton et al to a standstill at ES. They'll need that to continue at least this evening to pull some points out of LA. The ugly 6-game roadie to start the new year put the Flames this far behind the 8-ball. Coming out of this 3-gamer under .500 would be bad news for an organization who has put it's weight solidly behind charing for the post-season.
Nation World HQ
January 19 2012 11:43AM
It was just five days ago when we saw Darryl Sutter's LA Kings come in and snap a winning streak, taking a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night. Now with seven points seperating them in the Western Conference, the Flames hope to close the gap tonight when they continue a three game roadtrip at the Staples Center (8:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).