Flames Expectations First Update

December 08 2014 08:30AM

At the beginning of the season I took a look at the Flames and ran some numbers like sh%, ppg pace, historical games played and the like. Using that information I estimated the number of games played, estimated sh%, sv%, and so on for the Flames players.

Most times we stop at the quarter-points of the season to assess a team. I’m choosing to stop at the one-third marker in order to provide a larger sample size and to try to bridge some of the borders that exists within a season, to blur the edges so to speak, so that the data may have a bit more applicability to the larger season rather than being a snapshot of the here and now.

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Sunday Open Thread: Who Goes When Raymond Returns?

Ryan Pike
December 07 2014 11:06AM

Matt Stajan returned to the Calgary Flames line-up last night after missing 16 games with a knee injury. His return meant that Corban Knight went to the American Hockey League - both guys were fourth line centers - and that Sven Baertschi was bounced from the line-up (Lance Bouma moved from center to the wing).

Mason Raymond is also nearing a return. What happens when he's back?

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First Star, Worst Star: December 7, 2014

December 07 2014 07:30AM


Death, taxes, and the Oilers never winning a game. Some things in life are certain, just like I'm certain that it's time once again for another edition of First Star, Worst Star. 

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Post-Game: Sharks End Flames Streak

Ryan Pike
December 06 2014 11:08PM

They were bound to lose at some point.

The Flames dropped a close 3-2 game tonight against the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks spotted the Flames a first period lead, but the Flames paid the favour back via some sloppy second period defensive-zone play. Ultimately, they couldn't consummate the comeback and they dropped their ninth regulation game of the 2014-15 season.

Here's how it happened.

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FGD #28: Shark Attack! (8pm MT; CBC)

Ryan Pike
December 06 2014 03:38PM

Tonight, the Calgary Flames (17-8-2) host the San Jose Sharks (13-10-4) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. It's the finale of the most recent three-game homestand which has already seen the Flames win two games, so it's an attempt at a home sweep.

It's also the final game of the latest seven-game segment. Flames coach Bob Hartley has split the season into seven-game segments in attempt to move things along internally by getting the players into a playoff mindset. It's not entirely the same, obviously, but so far the approach has paid some dividends and arguably kept the team focused on the task at hand. Calgary has won five of the first six games of this latest segment, so this game is a chance for them to resoundingly win these seven games, as well as bank points against a divisional foe before the potential PDO course correction does (or does not) happen.

The puck drop is at 8pm MT. The game is on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Greg Millen on the call) and on Sportsnet 960 The Fan (with Derek Wills and Peter Loubardias). If you head down to the friendly confines of the Saddledome, it's Flames Foundation for Life Awareness Night, so let me mention that the Flames (as a team and on an individual player basis) do a heck of a lot of charity work in the Calgary area.

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