January 26 2012 09:36AM
The recent loss wasn’t the way the Calgary Flames wanted to go into the All Star break, but it shouldn’t deter the team from the task they have to prepare for once they get back to business next Tuesday. The Flames are going to have to put on a display for its fans, its level of resolve and determination to stay on track...or at least not fall off the rails.
January 25 2012 05:26PM
Since the humiliating 9-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, Calgary has won five of their last eight games and garnered points in six of them. That's a fine turn around in results after one of the worst defeats in recent history. The story goes that the Flames have begun to play fundamentally better hockey in the aftermath of the Bruins debacle, but as always it's worth checking the data to see if the reality matches the perception.
January 25 2012 12:47PM
1. Tanguay's back
So that means no more excuses.
I think I'm finally starting to deal with the team's resolution to 'Go For It' again this year, though that is likely helped in no small way by the fact that they've won five of their last seven with a shootout loss mixed in. And with Tanguay having returned to the lineup last night, the team officially has very little reason to hang whatever poor performances may come in the next few weeks on anything but the fact that they're not very good.
January 25 2012 09:47AM
Measuring a player’s defensive abilities and contributions is very difficult, as we discussed in the recent Babchuk vs Regehr series but perhaps there are a few things to be learned from catch-all statistics, like Hockey-Reference’s point shares, Tom Awad’s GVT, Alan Ryder’s Player Contributions and the WhatIfSports engine, and how they defensively rank Calgary’s current blue line of Anton Babchuk, Chris Butler, Cory Sarich, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano and Scott Hannan since the lock-out.
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January 24 2012 10:06PM
When you're generating as little offensively as the Calgary Flames have of late, there are going to be nights where allowing even one goal is going to be too much. Such was the case Tuesday night, as the Flames fell to the San Jose Sharks 1-0 in their final game prior to the All Star break. While they continue to do a good job limiting the opposition, they're just not generating enough to put up wins at a sustainable pace.