October 17 2013 08:39AM
(Ryan attended Boston College's most recent game. Here are his thoughts on the play of BIll Arnold, John Gaudreau and BC in general)
It didn't take Johnny Gaudreau long to make an impact in his first home game of the year. Just 2:03 into the contest against RPI he carried the puck into the attacking zone, moved the puck through the legs of the first defender he encountered then chipped it over the stick of the next, finding linemate Kevin Hayes, who shed a defender of his own and deked around Jason Kasdorf to put BC up 1-0 (see .gif above).
October 16 2013 11:07PM
The Calgary Flames, having lost in 16 previous visits to Anaheim's Honda Center, headed back to the O.C. with visions of victory in their head. However, a sub-par start to the game put the Flames behind the proverbial eight-ball and the visitors left Disneyland without their prize once again.
But it wasn't all doom and gloom, as the club ended up playing a pretty solid game, albeit for 45 minutes.
October 16 2013 10:54AM
It took me longer to make that image than it really should have. Shut up.
Well friends, brothers, sisters, Citizens, after what seemed like an eternity, but was really only 5 nights, which in a hockey season is an eternity, your Calgary Flames are back at it tonight, in the frozen barren hinterland of Southern California, to take on long time Pacific Division rival, The
Mighty Mighty Bosstones Ducks of Anaheim. This game kicks off a 5 game swing through the Left Coast, and I'm going to go ahead and unofficially dub this road trip as "Sean Watch". 4 of these 5 games, assuming Sean Monahan plays them all, will ring up the game tally to nine games and ultimately decide if his short term future will be spent donning the silks of the Flaming C, or rocking a Team Canada jersey this holiday season and hopefully getting traded away from the abysmal Ottawa 67's and off to greener, more Memorial Cup-ey pastures in the OHL.
October 15 2013 11:33AM
Calgary played New Jersey on Friday night. I was at the game and found myself noticing several things about Calgary's team play in each zone. I took a few notes, talked to a few people, etc.
Bear in mind this is primarily based on observations thus far from games and practice, and isn't necessarily the gospel.
October 15 2013 07:05AM
We're five games into the season, which means just about any stat you can name isn't all that meaningful (ie; predictive) just yet. Still, some things are beginning to take shape, particularly how Bob Hartley is deploying his players in terms of combinations, match-ups and zone starts. Here's a look at a few of the noteworthy numbers I managed to glean from the invaluable new stats site Extra Skater.