May 02 2012 08:41AM
Ryan Smyth’s return to the Edmonton Oilers basically took place in three parts. At the start, fans in Edmonton were thrilled when the rumours first surfaced, more thrilled when they realized the cost for Smyth was just Colin Fraser and a seventh round pick. Early in 2011-12 Smyth flourished, scoring 12 times in his first 25 games with the team, and the jubilation persisted. Unfortunately, the scoring disappeared in December and never returned, raising questions about his future with the team.
May 01 2012 06:36PM
After sweeping the Rochester Americans in the opening series of the post-season, the Toronto Marlies are facing the hottest team in the AHL. The Heat won 7 last games of the regular season adding a 3-game sweep over the Milwaukee Admirals in round one of the playoffs.
Both teams won their home games of the regular season series as the Marlies went 2-1-1, outscoring the Heat 13 - 10. Here’s a quick run-down of what you need to know about the upcoming series
May 01 2012 03:25PM
The Flames have been extremely quiet since announcing the parting of ways with Brent Sutter, so there hasn't been too much to new stuff talk about lately. I have a few things bouncing around in my head, though, plus some Nation News to share.
May 01 2012 10:19AM
(With the Heat set to move on to round two, PbP man and friend of the site Ryan Pinder stops by to give us the low-down on the team and their impressive first round sweep.)
By Ryan Pinder
The Abbotsford Heat open the second round of the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night in Toronto with Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Final best-of-seven series. Let’s look back to see how the Heat advanced to the second round and see if that doesn’t lend some insights into what we can expect against the Marlies.
April 30 2012 01:06PM
In every week's black box we saw how well the Flames fared with each individual player on the ice, in terms of attempted shots, scoring chances, and actual goals (here's the final weekly black box summary). This week we'll take a look back and look at Calgary's even-strength data in a variety of ways, separating offense from defense and seeing with which players the Flames enjoyed the most success converting attempted shots to scoring chances, and scoring chances to goals, and with which players they were most successful preventing opponents from doing the same.