2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round preview: Dallas Stars vs Minnesota Wild

Ari Yanover
April 14 2016 01:00PM

It's the battle of the North Stars!

In one corner, we have the Dallas Stars. Often accused of being weak on the backend, this season, they decided not to care and went on to become the best of the West in the regular season, their 50 wins behind only the Washington Capitals. They scored more goals than everybody else with 267, and they also picked up Kris Russell at the deadline, ensuring Calgary would be cheering for them (for the first two rounds, at least).

In the other corner, we have the Minnesota Wild. Making the playoffs with just a paltry 87 points, they beat out the Colorado Avalanche for that final wild card spot in the West, securing it by five whole points. They're well behind the rest of the playoff teams, though - even the Detroit Red Wings have 93 - so their lacklustre regular season may see them in tough in this first round matchup.

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A look at the youth movement: Lots of points

Mike FAIL
April 14 2016 08:00AM

One of the standout elements to the Calgary Flames' season has been the element of the youth movement. More so in this season than the last two seasons of the rebuild has it been more evident that the future lies in the pursuit of young talent.

And here's the best part: Calgary's youth, between 18 to 22 years old, was among the league's best in point totals. Who could have predicted that? Probably a lot of people who looked closely enough at the talent on this roster this past season.

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Full season fancy stats recap in seven-game segments

Ari Yanover
April 13 2016 12:00PM

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[ed. The following is a guest post from MattyFranchise. A ton of work was put into this, and it's a really in-depth read on the season - enjoy!]

I wanted to take some time to examine game-by-game where this team has improved and where it needs work over the course of the season. I also wanted to see just how effective a teaching tool Bob Hartley's seven-game segment structure really is. 

I choose the stats I did because I feel that PDO over a large enough sample is a good indicator of a team's overall ability. Corsi For Percentage was chosen because possession is 9/10ths of the law in hockey. Good teams have the puck, bad teams don't. Of course, you can shoot the puck from the red line all day long to boost your Corsi rating but all shots are not created equal so I've included both High Danger Scoring Chances For and just plain old Scoring Chances For to get an idea of shot quality. 

A lot of the blame for the poor season has been placed, by eye rightfully, on the goaltending so On Ice Save Percentage was included and in the interest of fairness, since you can't win if you don't score, I've included On Ice Shooting Percentage as well.

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FlamesNation Roundtable: Looking towards 2016-17

Ari Yanover
April 13 2016 08:00AM

Welcome back to our roundtable! Yesterday, we simply looked at the positives and negatives of 2015-16; today, we're looking ahead towards the 2016-17 season. Will it be an improvement? Well, we all certainly hope so.

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Heat GameDay: Do or Die Against Bakersfield (8pm MT)

Ryan Pike
April 12 2016 04:00PM

The National Hockey League's Calgary Flames may be dead and buried for this season, but their American Hockey League affiliate in Stockton is in a battle for their playoff lives! Tonight the Stockton Heat leap into yet another do-or-die affair with one of their most bitter rivals, the Bakersfield Condors.

The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT on AHL Live and streaming audio on the Heat's site!

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