October 28 2011 06:34PM
Flames second chance against what is a pretty good team. Although Calgary's record in October is pretty underwhelming, the truth is the opening month's schedule has been pretty soft by objective standards. Aside from Pittsburgh, the Blues are probably the best team the club will face before the Calender turns and it's no secret the Flames failed to impress against those two opponents in the previous engagements.
Things immediately get rougher for the Flames in November, with Vancouver, Detroit and Buffalo making up a bit of guantlet run to open next month. If Calgary can put together a nice effort against the Blues tonight I might feel a bit better about their chances versus the big boys next week.
October 28 2011 11:32AM
The Calgary Flames played their worst game of the early season against the St. Louis Blues, falling 5-2 in the second contest of the campaign. Now the Flames look to right that early season defeat when they host the Blues tonight in game five of a a six game home stand (7 pm, Sportsnet Flames and Sportsnet 960).
October 28 2011 09:22AM
I've been scratching my head for a while now, trying to come up with a puck possession metric that focuses on defense rather than offense-driven numbers. I mean, if you're Anton Volchenkov, you might be responsible for preventing a lot of goals, but there's always the chance that last year's New Jersey forwards were incapable of putting shots on the opposition's net, and that your Corsi numbers look bad. What's a defensive defenseman to do? There's got to be a way of measuring defensive contributions that isn't tied to shots or goals.
So here's my rationale: only the puck carrier can be hit, so if there is a lot of hitting in your end of the ice, the puck must be there a lot, right? Even if your team has the puck, and is getting hit a lot in their zone, doesn't that mean that you're struggling to get out? Leafs fans should certainly remember last year's broken-record recording of "to the line, but not out", so anecdotally, anyway, this makes sense.
October 27 2011 11:17AM
Every Thursday we're using the Snepsts system to project how many points each of the Flames may score this year. Now that we've moved on to players with limited NHL, we're switching to AHL-to-NHL Translations.
We've already looked at most of the Flames key forwards and key defensemen, and this week we'll look at some of their reserve defensemen: Derek Smith, Clay Wilson, T.J. Brodie and Brendan Mikkelson.
October 27 2011 09:53AM
At the age of just 25, former Calgary Flames first round draft pick Kris Chucko is done with professional hockey – at least the on ice portion.
That’s right. Chucko has had enough.