Back in the Saddle

Kent Wilson
March 10 2010 09:26AM

 

With the win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Flames managed to leapfrog the former NHL juggernaut into 8th place in the Western Conference. The victory was Calgary's third straight, much of that owing to a sudden offensive outburst (14 goals in 3 games) the likes of which this club hasn't seen since October. Granted, a couple of those were empty-netters, but you have to be ahead at the end of the game to get those chances, so...huzzah!

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Minus McGrattan

Pat Steinberg
March 10 2010 09:05AM

Flames McGrattan and Avalanche Koci Fight in Denver

It's funny, I never thought this would be that much of a topic, but it has been the last three Overtime shows on The FAN 960. Calgary has played four games since the Olympic break, and has had a pretty consistent lineup in those games. The only changes they've made have been subtle. Conroy in for Backlund. Staios in for Pardy, due to a trade. Other than that, things have been pretty static. So where does this leave Brian McGrattan?

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GDFD No. 66: Just might do it

Ryan Lambert
March 09 2010 04:34PM



Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 66th game of the season on March 9, 2010.

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In Defense of Daymond Langkow

Kent Wilson
March 09 2010 11:14AM

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles Kings

 

The Flames second most expensive forward has been something of a hot issue around here recently. The Nation's own Pat Steinberg was challenged by RO of M&G for denigrating Lanks on-air recently. Domebeers got in on the arguement as well, pillorying Langkow for his poor production this season.

It's not an unfair point. It's easy to see why Langkow has suddenly become a controversial figure. Over the last few weeks, the Flames have added some $12.9M in forwards (Hagman, Bourque, Stajan, Kotalik) crowding the roster and making future decisions about value and contract retention that much more salient. At 33 years old with a stats line of 12g-21a-32pts, there has rightly been some scrutiny directed his way.

This is my contribution to the debate. It's an explication of RO's continued defense of the guy and the reason he (and I) think Langkow remains probably the best center on the team.

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A Closer Look at The Flames Sched.

Kent Wilson
March 08 2010 10:49AM

With the Flames posting back-to-back wins for the first time in recent memory last week, their chances of securing a playoff spot increased to about 35% after bottoming out at around 20% after the 4-0 loss to the Wild. The source of the link, Sports Club Stats, determines playoff probabilities by weighting a number of factors and then simulating the season 25 million times. The most recent round of simulations have the Flames making the playoffs 35% of the time.

That's not terribly comforting. To break the hypothetical 93 point post-season barrier, the Flames will have to go 9-6-2 or better in their final 17 games (.588 WIN%). That doesn't seem overly unrealistic...until you glance at the club's remaining opponents:

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