FGD: Finally Back At ‘Er

After a long 4-day break, the Flames are back on the ice tonight at home versus the Colorado Avalanche. While a 1-2-1 record might not look too fancy, I’ve been quite impressed with the play of the Flames thus far. Of course, the caveats about it being early and small sample size, etc. apply –…


Sorting Out the Flames Blueline

    When Calgary signed Dennis Wideman in the off-season, it resulted in a lot of buzz around a potential Jay Bouwmeester trade. Not only because JayBo is much maligned for not being worth his contract since arriving, but also because it meant the Flames had a lot of defensemen. With the addition of Wideman, the…


Five things: Alright alright

1. Something odd, but not overall So I think one of the things everyone in the hockey world more or less agreed upon was that the Northwest Division would be the worst in the West, and maybe the league overall. Turns out, those observers were totally correct.


Flames Scoring Chance Totals So Far

  – Image courtesy Hockey By Design As you all may know, we continue to count scoring chances here at FN as we have the last couple of years. The handy application we used in the past is currently down, so instead we have taken to excel spreadsheets to get the work done. It makes…


Flames Forward Usage Against Edmonton

    Saturday night’s game between the Flames and the Edmonton Oilers was the first appearance of the year for recent acquisitions Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka. It was also the first game where Flames coach Bob Hartley could start rolling the lines that he wanted to roll with an entirely healthy line-up. Let’s take…


Flames 5 Early Season Surprises

    Four Games isn’t enough for anyone to be engaging in any sort of meaningful analysis unfortunately. Let’s put it this way, in the past I had counted 10-game samples where Matthew Lombardi led the team in possession rate. I always had a soft spot for Lombo, but he was never the best forward on…


Jets Nation Casting Call

  So NHL hockey is back and every nation site is rocking with tons of daily content, comments, arguments and the odd terrible MS paint picture or photoshop. Every site, that is, except for the baby in the network: JetsNation. I convinced Wanye to buy JetsNation.ca and develop the site as soon as they announced…


Monday Random Thoughts – January 28 2013

    The Flames convincing win over the Oilers on Saturday night seems to have washed the away any lingering sour notes from the club’s 0-2-1 start. Calgary certainly looked like a different team on HNIC relative to the prior three games. Their transition play was much smoother and they managed to more or less put together…


Best of the Nation – 1.27.13

The first week of the NHL season is now behind us; the Best of the Nation this week includes more Luongo trade talk, Nail Yakupov’s goal celebration, actual trades, and much more.


Post-Game: How To Outwork A Young Turk

Well friends, it was one of those nights. A collection of perfect moments stacked on top of other perfect moments. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon that melted away into a decadent Saturday night, and with a national audience including in house appearances by Ron, Don, and Spike Lee (prove to me that he WASN’T…