NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 3

  In the third installment of the NHLNumbers podcast, the regular cast including myself, JW and Justin Azevedo is joined by Robert Vollman, Flamesnation contributor and Hockey Prospectus author and one of the senior figures in quantitative hockey analysis. This episode features discussions of the psychological biases and habits that make objective analysis in hockey paradoxically…



  Most of the conversation for the past week, or month, or this season, has been centered on whether the Flames could or should trade Jarome Iginla. I’m going to try and stay away from that particular topic in this issue. Instead let’s take a look around and see what else is stoking the fire…

PL3 on Waivers

  When Blake Comeau was snagged off the waiver wire it meant rookie Paul Byron would have to be demoted. Jay Feaster promised he would make further moves in order to get Byron back up with the parent squad at the time. That move seems to be the waiving and probably demotion of Pierre-Luc Letourneau…


Black Box: Week 8

    A tough week capped a tough first quarter for the Calgary Flames, who find themselves dead last in the Northwest Division, 3rd last in the Western Conference, and 5th last over-all at the 22-game mark. That bad start is already in the books and there’s nothing that can be done about that, but…


Postgame: A Night of Firsts

The first shutout of the season for Miikka Kiprusoff.  The first NHL goal for Derek Smith.  The first win this season over Nashville.  It was a night of first times for the Calgary Flames tonight, as they stuck to a conservative plan to take a 1-0 win over the Predators.  It’s just the second time…

Game 23 – Flames vs. Predators Live Chat

Game 23 – Flames vs. Predators Live Chat Im not sure what to make of the Preds organization this year. It’s been a club I’ve respected from afar becaue Poile and Trotz have always managed to spin straw into gold. Not to much recently however. The duo made some really curious moves the last 6-12 months…

FGD: Hey, Pekka Rinne!

(Macarena kinda sounds like Pekka Rinne).  After a solid 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night, the Calgary Flames return home for a pair of games starting tonight against the Nashville Predators (7:30 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960).  It’s the second of four meeting between the two teams as Calgary will try to…


Flames Forwards: Who’s Coming Up Short?

  If you’ve been following the weekly Black Box statistical summaries then you’ve also been following the OZQoC Charts, and you know how the Flames forwards are being used. Here’s how it sits today at the season’s one-quarter mark.


Flamesnation Quarter Pole Roundtable

    The Flames changed management, traded a few key pieces and reshuffled some of their scouting staff over the last calender year or so. Even with all that, the Flames are in pretty much the same position they were last year at this time. The club’s hopes for the playoffs are already extremely slim…



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