January 09 2017 08:00AM
Just over a week into the new year and the Flames have crested an important threshold: they're a break even shot attempt team.
As of today according to Corsica Hockey, the Flames' corsi ratio is 50.39, good for 13th in the league. This is a big step forward from the Hartley era, a fact our own Ryan Pike illustrated recently on Twitter:
The image shows the Flames' cumulative shot attempt differential over the course of each of the last three seasons (including this one). As you can see, the new Glen Gulutzan era has managed to keep things more of less even (despite a terrible start to the year), which is encouraging for both fans and management.
Which isn't to say the Flames still don't have real issues and gaps to explore. However, Getting back to treading water possession-wise was a primary goal for the club. If they can keep this up for the rest of the season, I think Brad Treliving and the rest of the management group can consider this year a real step forward, even if the roster is still far from perfect.
In the mailbag today we talk about trade targets, the trade deadline and why the PP is suddenly so much better.
January 08 2017 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames have completed 41 games of their 2016-17 regular season. (Well, 42, but these questions were answered when it was at 41.) Keeping with tradition, we have convened the illustrious FlamesNation roundtable to grouse about their results thus far and prognosticate how the remainder of the season shall go.
Participating this round are every managing editor we've ever had (Kent Wilson, Ari Yanover and myself), along with good content boy Mike Fail and prospect pundit Christian Tiberi.
January 08 2017 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames didn't dominate the rematch as much as they did the first of the back-to-back. This is a tad disappointing, especially considering how their opponent has overall been having a worse season, and the fact that they were down to just five defencemen (and didn't even bother to play their 13th forward).
On the other hand, I wonder what went into the preparations for this game, on both sides. I'd imagine the Canucks got quite a talking to and looked to quickly bounce back (and boy, did they ever dominate the second frame); the Flames, I have no idea. They needed to score more - and they did, jumping out to a first period two-goal lead (with the second goal actually counting this time) - but they also fell asleep at the wheel for some stretches that lasted a little too long for comfort.
Good thing Chad Johnson was there.
January 07 2017 11:24PM
A day after losing a close, crucial game to their most hated rival, the Calgary Flames were back at it tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. The Flames scored a pair of goals in the first period and then largely held on for dear life, surviving a turbulent second period that saw them play rather poorly. Despite those stumbles, Calgary soldiered on for a 3-1 victory against Vancouver.
January 07 2017 02:00PM
The NHL points system is a little... odd, to say the least.
I mean, you get points for losing. That's really all you have to say to question it. That doesn't make sense.
But it does create the interesting spectacle of three-point games, which contributes to intense playoff races. That's a large part of the justification for the system, and it's been going strong for several years now.
There's another points system that the NHL could adopt instead, though: three points for a win, two points for an overtime win, one point for a shootout win, and no points for a loss. The idea behind it: you don't reward teams for losing, and you don't encourage them to just wait out the clock and play for overtime instead of playing to win, either.
Would it make that much of a difference in the standings, though?