November 24 2011 11:50AM
The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey's best rejoins the action.
November 24 2011 10:49AM
For the past couple of months we've been using the Snepsts System to search the NHL's entire history for players with similar era-adjusted statistics as our beloved Flames, and then basing projections on what happened to those similar players. This week we're going to bring it all together and see what the final scoring totals may look like at year's end.
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November 23 2011 08:03PM
For the first time this season, the Calgary Flames have fallen three games below the .500 mark thanks to a 5-3 loss Wednesday night in Detroit. It was a game where Calgary lead in the second period and were even heading into the third, but it was also a game where the Flames made too many mistakes in tie game situations late in the contest. It's now an 0-2 start to Calgary's road trip.
November 23 2011 07:45PM
Final Score: 5-3 loss
November 23 2011 04:00PM
Ironically, a couple of the Flames better games in the first quarter have been against the Red Wings and Blackhawks - clubs that have routinely beat up Calgary previously. Tonight, the Flames will try to repeat the feat against the Red Wings, although the prior win featured several goals by a line that probably won't be in play tonight - Iginla/Jokinen/Glencross.
That match featured Iginla's best asset as things stand - his shot. The captain is still dangerous with the puck on his stick in the slot and around the net, so they'll need more of that if a win tonight is the goal.
He's only scored once since, but it should be noted the first line's scoring chances numbers have improved since Backlund rejoined the active roster. The goals haven't been there, but the arrows are going in the right direction. Consider the fact that Backlund's relative corsi rating (his possession rate less the team's possession rate when he's on the bench) is an incredible +24.5/60. The puck is moving in the right direction with Backs on the ice, so we can expect a break out for him (and perhaps Iggy and Tangs) sooner rather than later I think. Maybe it starts tonight?