October 18 2011 11:47AM
The Calgary Flames play round one of the Battle of Alberta tonight, playing host to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time this season (7:30 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960). While the Flames have struggled in getting off to a 1-3 start, the Oilers have kicked their season off with a bang, thanks in large part to their last two number one overall picks. With how things have gone lately for Calgary, a loss at home to their provincial rivals could have many inching much closer to that panic button.
October 17 2011 01:00PM
So Flames have one win in four games and the "first line" has been notably behind the play much of the time. Jarome Iginla has a single point so far and it's a power play goal. They've been greatly outplayed in all but a handful of shifts.
This has all been fairly obvious to most Flames fans so far. The resultant focus and theoretical remedy seems to be replacing David Moss as the "number one" center. While there are superficial reasons why this seems like a the needed fix (not a natural center, low career point total, struggling at faceoffs) the truth is the real culprit for the first lines struggles is standing behind the bench.
October 17 2011 09:09AM
Every Monday we'll be posting a weekly statistical update on how the Flames have fared with each of their individual players on the ice. Last week was rather tame, but now that we have four games worth of data, things ought to start getting interesting.
October 16 2011 02:07PM
One week into the NHL season and there are already a ton of items on Lowetide's agenda this week. Arena talk in Edmonton, Luongo's early season struggles in Vancouver and a detailed look at the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma.
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October 16 2011 09:18AM
Well, after a couple of weeks of research and organizing and sorting, we got six basic standard "player types" that are sorted between "high- and low-event" players that I'll be using for a little bit more of my analysis on the Nations.
If you missed it, those six player types are: