FGD: Lookin for a Spark

Pat Steinberg
November 03 2010 12:27PM

DALLAS - NOVEMBER 04:  Right wing David Moss #25 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on November 4, 2009 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

17 goals against in three games isn't sitting well with the Calgary Flames.  So, the team has made a few changes in advance of Wednesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 pm, TSN and The FAN 960), the second meeting between the teams this year.  David Moss makes his Flames debut, with a number of shuffles to the lines.

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Gameday Preview: Detroit Red Wings

Kent Wilson
November 03 2010 09:48AM

The puck rolls across the jersey of Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and into the net on a goal by Detroit Red Wings Johan Franzen during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Detroit, Michigan October 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITEDSTATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The last time these two teams met, the script went about how we predicted: Calgary's depth played well enough to make things interesting but in the end the Wings top-end talent prevailed. What wasn't expected, however, was just how vulnerable the Wings bottom-end would be. That's a weakness the Flames will likely hope to exploit in the second meeting tonight.

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Flames Scoring Chance Differentials - October

Kent Wilson
November 02 2010 03:23PM

Calgary Flames' Curtis Glencross (20) scores on Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta October 10, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

This is a bit of a data dump post. Here I will present the even strength scoring chance numbers for individual Flames over their initial 11 games. There aren't a lot of surprises for those who have been following along, although the numbers illuminate the relationship between scoring chances, possession and circumstances pretty well.

First, here's the ES chances for and against for every skater thus far:

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Flames October Review Roundtable

Kent Wilson
November 02 2010 09:34AM

Calgary Flames Olli Jokinen (L) takes a swing at Edmonton Oilers Sam Gagner during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY IMAGES OF THE DAY)

(I don't use the term "great" very often. But this is the greatest photo in Calgary Flames history)

With the first 11 games under our collective belts, I felt it was time to review the Flames opening month with Robert Cleave and Pat Steinberg. Here are their replies to some questions I had about the club thus far.

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The Revealed Value of Daymond Langkow

Kent Wilson
November 01 2010 04:48PM

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 28: Daymond Langkow #22 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck past Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 28, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


One of the more interesting coaching decisions by Brent Sutter thus far has been the matching of Olli Jokinen, Rene Bourque and Niklas Hagman against the other team's top lines. The season didn't begin that way, but Sutter has settled into that routine lately.

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