November 18 2011 10:29PM
As the immortal Ric Flair says: "to be the man, you've gotta beat the man." Well, in this case, they did at least half of that, knocking off the NHL's top team, the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2 on Friday night. It was one of, if not the, best efforts of the season for the Flames as they were full marks start to finish. The most important thing is they were rewarded for playing their game start to finish.
November 18 2011 09:46PM
Final Score: 5-2W
November 18 2011 06:16PM
The Blackhawks have gon eon a bit of a tear since the last time these two teams met. It's not luck either - even though they currently dress Daniel Carcillo in their top six (hockey's version of the tasmanian devil, only slightly less rational) Chicago is one the very best possession teams in the league. Their corsi tied ratio (eliminated playing to score effects) is .567 (.565 fenwick ratio for the keeners). I don't have to look anything up to know that's in the top-3 in the league. The Flames, in contrast, are at about .513 while clubs like Edmonton and Minnesota are .460 or lower.
So the Hawks remain heavy weights. They played a high risk game against the Flames about a week ago and were uncharacteristically loose in their own end leading to a number of Calgary chances off the rush. I would be surprised if that happens again tonight, but here's hoping...
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November 18 2011 11:41AM
The Calgary Flames are almost two months into the season and this campaign has far too many similarities to the team that started last year in a mediocre fashion. The problem is, last year the Flames finished with a decent record thanks to a scorching two month span after the turn of the calendar. Expecting that to happen this time around would be setting yourself up for disappointment; so, that said, it's time for Calgary to get themselves back on track as they host the Chicago Blackhawks for the second time in a week tonight at the 'Dome (7 pm, Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960).
November 17 2011 10:59PM
There's been plenty of talk this year about the level of effectiveness, or lack thereof, that we've seen from Jarome Iginla through the first six weeks of the season. The captain is wallowing in the depths thus far, with 9 points in 17 games, and a scruffy looking -10 next to his name. The underlying numbers aren't any source of comfort either, as Iginla has been outshot thus far against middling comp with a neutral ZS %.