December 23 2011 11:38AM
Every week in the Black Box statistical summaries we rank the Flames by Corsi event percentage, which is just a fancy way of describing the percentage of all attempted shots (saves, goals, goal posts, missed nets, blocked shots, whatever) taken by the Flames rather than their opponents when the given player is on the ice. We love it because it's also the best proxy we have for things like possession and territorial advantage, at least until someone gets out stopwatches every game.
December 23 2011 09:15AM
As we find ourselves only two days away from Christmas, we at Flames Nation decided to make a few last minute requests to jolly St. Nick to see if there is a chance at some last minute gift ideas that he might be able to sneak under the Calgary Flames Christmas tree.
Feel free to throw in your own Christmas wishes for the Flames in the comments section; after all, it is the most wonderful time of the year!
December 22 2011 11:24PM
On a night where most Flames fans were going to be happy just to see Iginla get one or two goals closer to 500, something else happened. Call it part two of a three part Christmas wish for Calgary, but whatever it was, someone was listening. It wasn't as a dominant night for the top line as the Wild game, but Curtis Glencross led the way with two tonight.
December 22 2011 10:05PM
Final Score: 3-2 W
December 22 2011 06:39PM
One of the quirks of the Flames underlying numbers through 34 games so far is that they are an above average possession team at home (55% score tied) and the worst possession team in the NHL on the road (39% score tied). There is always a slight knock to away clubs owing to the home team having last change, but that's a fairly wild swing. Especially with a coach like Sutter who doesn't do anything drastically different with his match-ups across situations.
It would take a more systematic inquiry to determine what the source of the big difference is but my hypothesis is schedule effects - I assume the Flames have seen much softer competition at home than on the road so far. In addition, Calgary has enjoyed a lot of opponents on the second night of a B2B for some reason this year (DET is another one tonight) which can help the ol' outshooting.
Over time, I assume the two ratios will converge somewhere in the middle. As for tonight, they're going to need all the help they can get - DET is still one of the best in the biz and Calgary is missing more than a few regulars from the line-up at this point (Moss, Babchuk, Gio, Tanguay). Unless the Wings are absolutely spent after their clash with the Canucks last night, the Flames are going to have to put forward their very best effort to have any chance at all.