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.
October 14 2013 09:28AM
It's a holiday Monday across North America, with Canada celebrating Thanksgiving and their American neighbours observing Columbus Day. The hockey world chugs along, with three games on the NHL schedule and a whole lot of catching-up to do following a really busy week. We're here to catch you up.
October 12 2013 10:44AM
Our popular (it's popular right?) segment Fan Ask is back for another week! This week we'll talk 4 goal celly's, Monahan and the Flames' hot start - nothing really out of left field. If you want to submit a question that will appear in this weekly feature, submit something here.
So let's start with Jumbo Joe: