Five things: Break is over!

Ryan Lambert
February 27 2014 09:10AM


1. The best laugh you're going to have all week

I really don't know what about this Calgary Sun story is funnier: The headline, the first sentence, or the premise.

Headline: “Calgary Flames still haven't ruled out making playoffs.”

First sentence: “The mountain is steep, but not necessarily insurmountable.”

Premise: “Come on down to the Saddledome because we're only neck deep in this quicksand!”

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Scoring Chance Differentials

Ryan Pike
February 26 2014 10:52AM


Here at FlamesNation, one of the things we do is count scoring chances for each and every Calgary Flames game. One reason is that they can give you a general sense of how a team's playing even more than tools like shots, Fenwick or Corsi can. Those stat treat all shots and shot attempts equally, whether they're a 90 foot lob from the neutral zone or a hard areas chance in the slot.

Scoring chances cut through all that. In theory, they're a really good way of seeing who's driving play for the Calgary Flames, and who's leaking chances like a boat.

Here's how things look for your hometown heroes through 58 games at even-strength.

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News and Notes - February 25 2014

Ryan Pike
February 25 2014 03:00PM

The Flames practiced today after an off-day, and the Abbotsford Heat practiced on the Lower Mainland of BC, so we have a few bits and bites of information as we inch towards Calgary's game with Los Angeles on Thursday night.

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The Weekly Ignition: February 25 2014

Ryan Pike
February 25 2014 08:30AM


There's two weeks left in the major-junior season. Eight days until the NHL trade deadline. About a week or so left in the NCAA season.

We're getting down to brass tacks, gang. Here's your weekly rundown.

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Cammalleri Trade Scenarios: New Jersey

Christian Roatis
February 24 2014 04:39PM

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When Dean "Boomer" Molberg, of the Sportsnet 960 morning show, asked frequent guest and CBC insider Elliotte Friedman to name a team he thought were right in the thick of things regarding the Mike Cammalleri sweepstakes, Friedman stunned the host with his answer: the New Jersey Devils.

It's not that a trade to the Devils was inconceivable or anything, it's just that no one had really considered them to be contenders in the hunt for the talented winger prior to Friedman's suggestion. The idea, still, is an odd one for me to digest. I don't really see it being a good fit for either team on the surface, but nonetheless, let's break the situation down.

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