April 30 2013 03:34PM
Not exactly Flame related (well maybe a little), but here's some thoughts bumping around my head as the first round kicks off tonight.
- Thanks to the lock-out shortened season, there are surprisingly lousy teams who made the cut this year. Toronto is the top of the list - they have absolutely abysmal underlying numbers, their bench boss is half mad, and I can't imagine Nazem Kadri is going to continue to lead the league in PDO forever. He's a quality youngster, but he's not the next Crosby.
April 30 2013 08:55AM
Another year is over and we're left to pick through the rubble a bit. The first order of business is evaluating the various skaters by possession - or the ability to drive play, which is one of the metrics in hockey that has a strong signal-to-noise ratio.
That said, we can correct corsi for a number of factors be better put it into context and up the level of confidence with which we can say the number is indicative of the player's ability and not some other factor (be it luck or circumstances). Two major issues with raw possession rate is zone start (or how often a player starts his shifts in the offensive zone) and quality linemates and opposition (playing with or against good/bad players).
April 29 2013 05:49PM
On Sunday and Monday, the Calgary Flames held court for the media in the final two formal days of media availability of the 2013 hockey season. Most notably, head coach Bob Hartley spoke last on Sunday, while general manager Jay Feaster held an availability earlier today.
Here's the gist of what those guys spoke about:
April 29 2013 04:03PM
Have you received positive reviews at work lately? Perhaps a supervisor or boss commended you for "excellent use of time around the office" or a "focus on efficiency?" Well throw that attitude out the window friends. It's time to waste some time during the playoffs. Some serious time. I'm talkin' bout StreakCred - the Nation Network Playoff Game.
Curious? Of course you are. Who wants to climb the corporate ladder anyway? AMIRITE?*
April 29 2013 08:03AM
The Nation has decided to hand out (virtual) year-end hardware for each team across the network this season, and for every season moving forward. We'll share our votes and thoughts on the team's various MVP's and will open up voting for the readers to boot.
It was a rough season in Calgary, but that doesn't mean things were bad across the board. Here's who we deserved some recogination despite the lack of success...