October 09 2012 02:02PM
For the third straight year we're using statistical methods to project how many points each of the Calgary Flames will score. In the first part, which you can read here, we look at their top-six forwards, as well as explaining our approach in a little more detail.
How did we do last year? I'm glad you asked. As you can read in last year's recap, “Calgary got the most out of low-cost depth pieces like Chris Butler, Scott Hannan, Derek Smith and T.J. Brodie, and ultra-high-cost depth piece Cory Sarich, but failed to justify the hefty contract awarded to Anton Babchuk. Mark Giordano's season didn't live up to his potential, and Jay Bouwmeester's performance, while predictable, is still well short of his Norris-level contract - at least scoring-wise.
October 09 2012 10:32AM
Most veteran Flames players are sitting on the sidelines during the lock-out, choosing to spend time with their wives, kids, mistresses, avoid injury, etc.
The good news is, Mikael Backlund isn't one of the idle rich during the work stoppage. His long courtship with home town team Vasteras is over and he'll be making his debut today with fellow alum Patrik Berglund. Swedish writer and friend of the site Uffe Bodin recently caught up with Backlund and asked him a few questions (warning! google translation).
October 09 2012 07:27AM
Nations contributors Steve Dangle and Andrey Osadchenko have been tabbed by the KHL youtube channel to put together KHL highlight packages for the season this year. This is their debut video - if everyone likes it, we can make it a regular feature here at the Nations.
October 08 2012 11:39AM
(Just in case there is actually some game action this year, Rob Vollman returns to FlamesNation with some player projections. We start with a look at the Flames top-6)
It was risky enough these past two years to publish scoring projections for each Calgary Flame using purely statistical analysis, but it's an even riskier proposition this year. If we lose the whole season then we'll have no idea how accurate our estimates were, and have even less information on which to base our projections next year. Even if the season starts late and they play fewer games, the luck inherent in the shorter season/smaller sample size could make our projections way off.
October 07 2012 09:13AM
After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.