January 08 2012 10:43AM
Alan Ryder just published his annual NHL Review over at Hockey Analytics – a 90-page monster full of everything you need to know about the 2010-11 NHL season, which begs the following questions for many of who: Who is Alan Ryder, and why should anyone with even a glimmer of interest in advanced statistical hockey analysis go and read it immediately?
Nation World HQ
January 07 2012 11:43PM
In a game where the Calgary Flames were hoping to snap a season long five game losing skid, they got a special gift along with accomplishing their goal. Jarome Iginla scored goal number 500 at 8:33 of the third period in a game where all the scoring came in the final 20 minutes; all in all, a fairly decent effort from a depleted Calgary lineup on a special night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
January 07 2012 11:00PM
Final Score: 3-1 W
January 07 2012 07:20PM
With the multitude of injuries and such, the roster the Flames are icing tonight looks about as vulnerable as a baby gazelle at the watering hole.
The only good news is the Flames are facing one of the lesser teams in the league in the Minnesota wild. That said, even the Wild have at least two NHL quality forward units tonight, including Mikko Koivu who will likely be the best skater on the ice. There isn't a team the Flames can take lightly at the best of times this year and in their incredibly weakened state Calgary is set up to play slump buster for the stumbling Wild.
That said, Iginla usually plays well against this club for whatever reason. Maybe he'll score #500 tonight, which would salvage the game for most Flames fans even if they lose.
Nation World HQ
January 07 2012 12:59PM
With a five game losing skid punctuated by a 9-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames look to pick themselves up tonight against the Minnesota Wild (8 pm, CBC and Sportsnet 960). It's the first Flames home game since December 22nd and it gives the team an opportunity to erase what has been a really ugly stretch. With injuries and callups, it'll be a new look Calgary team tonight.