Game 1 Scoring Chances and Zone Entries

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Ladies and gentlemen, game #1 is in the books. Here is a handy summary of scoring chances and zone entries for the Calgary Flames 4-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 16:51 Bollig 1 6 15 16 18 25 2 5 27 30 36 51 5v5
Home 1 13:02 Glencross 1 4 8 17 20 29 3 17 22 23 30 33 5v5
Away 1 12:50 Vrbata 1 4 8 17 20 29 3 17 22 23 30 33 5v5
Away 1 9:47 Kassian 1 4 11 17 29 32 8 9 13 20 23 30 5v5
Away 1 9:40 Kassian 1 6 15 20 23 24 2 5 7 9 15 30 5v5
Away 1 9:39 Vey 1 6 15 20 23 24 2 5 7 9 15 30 5v5
Away 1 8:05 Burrows goal 1 4 16 23 25 29 3 13 14 18 20 30 5v5
Away 1 6:23 Richardson 1 6 8 15 20 21 5 7 9 15 23 30 5v5
Away 1 4:58 Vrbata 1 5 7 20 23 24 3 17 18 22 30 33 5v5
Home 1 3:57 McGrattan 1 4 11 16 25 29 8 13 14 20 23 30 5v5
Away 1 2:45 Bieksa? 1 5 7 8 17 7 17 22 23 30 33 4v5
Away 1 0:01 Tanev 1 5 6 8 20 23 3 8 22 30 33 5v4
Home 2 19:21 Monahan 1 4 5 20 23 24 2 5 13 14 30 5v4
Away 2 17:32 Vrbata 1 7 11 17 20 29 8 17 22 23 30 33 5v5
Away 2 16:17 Deflection 1 4 8 13 29 32 8 23 27 30 36 51 5v5
Home 2 15:54 Byron goal 1 4 8 13 29 32 8 23 27 30 36 51 5v5
Home 2 15:23 Glencross 1 5 7 20 23 24 2 5 17 22 30 33 5v5
Away 2 14:45 Kassian goal 1 6 11 15 17 21 3 7 9 15 18 30 5v5
Home 2 12:10 Backlund 1 5 7 11 17 2 3 22 30 33 4v4
Away 2 8:54 Vrbata goal 1 5 7 11 17 21 3 17 18 22 30 33 5v5
Home 2 7:48 Smid 1 6 8 13 15 32 2 5 7 9 15 30 5v5
Away 2 7:38 Kassian 1 6 8 13 15 32 2 5 7 9 15 30 5v5
Home 2 6:42 Hudler goal 1 5 7 20 23 24 8 23 27 30 36 51 5v5
Away 2 6:24 D.Sedin 1 4 11 17 21 29 2 5 17 22 30 33 5v5
Home 2 0:30 Gaudreau 4 8 13 29 32 1 3 14 18 22 30 33 5v5
Away 3 18:43 Higgins 7 15 17 18 21 1 7 9 15 18 23 30 5v5
Away 3 18:32 Vrbata 7 15 17 18 21 1 2 5 17 22 30 33 5v5
Home 3 16:30 McGrattan 6 8 13 15 16 1 3 13 14 18 20 30 5v5
Home 3 15:42 Stajan 6 15 18 24 25 1 3 7 9 15 18 30 5v5
Home 3 15:35 Stajan tip 6 15 18 24 25 1 3 7 9 15 18 30 5v5
Home 3 11:33 Backlund 5 7 11 17 21 1 2 5 17 22 30 33 5v5
Away 3 8:24 Higgins 5 7 20 23 24 1 8 13 14 20 23 30 5v5
Home 3 5:04 Gaudreau 4 8 13 29 32 1 2 5 17 30 33 51 5v5
Home 3 4:41 Backlund 5 7 11 21 32 1 2 5 17 22 30 33 5v5
Home 3 4:17 Backlund 5 7 11 13 25 1 7 8 9 15 23 30 5v5
Home 3 2:38 Giordano tip 1 5 7 11 21 32 2 5 17 22 30 33 5v5
Away 3 1:17 H.Sedin goal 4 5 11 20 24 32 2 8 15 17 30 33 5v5
Home 3 1:05 Gaudreau 4 7 8 13 21 24 2 8 15 17 30 33 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   16 16   1 1   0 1
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 16:56 6 6 03:37 1 0 00:16 0 0
5 GIORDANO, MARK 20:01 7 4 04:40 1 1 00:58 0 1
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 14:56 5 5 01:34 0 1 00:00 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:35 8 6 00:59 0 0 01:14 0 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 16:06 7 4 01:13 0 1 00:53 0 1
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 15:09 6 6 01:47 0 0 00:50 0 0
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:22 7 2 02:42 0 0 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 14:48 5 7 00:00 0 0 01:22 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 07:14 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 11:01 3 8 00:00 0 0 01:38 0 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 07:48 3 2 00:00 0 0 00:12 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 16:22 3 8 02:43 1 1 00:05 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 14:58 4 6 01:45 0 0 00:16 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:03 2 5 03:40 1 1 00:00 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 15:39 5 5 02:25 1 0 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 10:19 5 1 00:00 0 0 00:37 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 14:23 5 6 00:00 0 0 01:22 0 0
32 BYRON, PAUL 14:04 6 4 00:00 0 0 00:41 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 3 9 3 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 7 6 5 6 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
3 9 4 9 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SHOCKED that Smid had no zone entries. A good first game for Gaudreau, Kris Russell and Mason Raymond, who all really showed a strong tendency towards skating the puck into the zone and setting up things. And Calgary’s carry percentage really amped up in the third, where they coincidentally (or not) generated a lot more scoring chances. Granted, some of that is definitely score effect, as the Canucks were content to keep things to the outside, but the Flames really pushed hard in that period.

Five carries and two dump-ins on Calgary’s power-plays. Five dump-ins on Calgary’s penalty kills. At even-strength, the club had 35 carry-ins and 51 dumps (along with 5 icings by the other team).

  • Times for scoring chances are correct, but there appears to be some NHL.com voodoo with scenarios. I mean, Gaudreau is GOOD, but there’s no way he generated FOUR scoring chances short-handed. Or that the team went 7-3 short-handed despite giving up a goal.

    • piscera.infada

      I think he definitely looked doe-eyed in the first half of the game. That’s entirely reasonable, first home-opener/game and all that. As the game wore on though, man, you started to see some really good things. I’m excited for Gaudreau, but I think we all need to realize it might take a couple seasons for the guy to fully adapt his game. Just my thoughts.

      • piscera.infada

        nah, just half a season and he’ll be totally fine. I bet you’ll notice a big jump even next game. The guy is just too skilled and smart.

        The only thing is that a couple of times he held on the the puck too long behind the Vancouver net and got pushed off way too easily.

        • piscera.infada

          I was speaking more generally. It takes every young player a good year or so to adapt. I’m talking about the end-game here, hitting full potential and consistency. He was good last night, hell be good throughout the season. Although you see something special in him, it’s going to take time. That’s all I’m saying.

          I was also very impressed with Russell last night. Maybe the numbers don’t totally flesh it out, but he looked very calm and decisive with the puck. Good skater.

          • piscera.infada

            I was at the game. Russell played very well. He looks like a real 3/4 defenceman and if he had a stronger skating partner…the Flames would probably be alright there. Anybody in the wings…anybody

            I didn’t think Engelland looked completely terrible but Smid and Wideman were in disarray nearly every time they were out.

            Lots of rust to knock off. The downside of playing and assessing so many young guys in the preseason I guess.

  • icedawg_42

    Really curious to see what Gaudreau’s success rate on his “dump-ins” were. Several of his dump-ins looked like he just pushed the puck past a slow defender and retrieved the puck untouched at the end boards.

  • NHL93

    My only real concern with Gaudreau this year is his endurance day in, day out. You play a lot more games in the ‘bigs than you do on NCAA. You see it every few years when a top college kid comes up, plays his rear-end off for the first 30-50 games, then hits a wall.

  • Parallex

    Game story in a nutshell: Their finishers finished, ours did not.

    Personal Takes:

    1: The less ice-time Brian McGrattan gets the better. He was terrible last night.

    2: I saw nothing to convince me that Joe Colborne should be a center (to say nothing of the center with the most ice-time).

    3: I thought Sean Monahan had a very good game. I’d like to see him on a line with Gaudreau and Colborne I think those three would compliment each other very well.

    4: Bollig… I actually kind of liked Bollig out there.

    5: Took Gaudreau a while to get going. If he can play the whole game like he played the 2nd half he’ll be just fine.

    6: It was pretty clear who our good d-men were… Hint: not Engellend, not Smid, not Wideman. I’d like to see Diaz play in lieu of one of them next game.

    Team Takes:

    I thought the team didn’t really get it all together out there. We were outshot in a game where we were behind but close… that shouldn’t happen. To use a tired old sports media trope, we didn’t play with urgency.

    What I’d like to see:

    Colborne to wing, Byron to the Raymond-Backlund line, Bouma to 4th line C, Stajan promoted, McGrattan off, Setoguchi on, Diaz on, Engellend or Smid off.

    • piscera.infada

      I agree with most of your assessment. I thought the same about Bollig. If we could get McGrattan off that line in favour of someone who can skate (or pass, or shoot), it might not be a total dumpster fire.

      Regarding Colborne though, I’m not as pessimistic about his play at centre. While I liked him more on the wing last year, I thought he had a pretty good game last night, he created space on the outside simply by skating through slot. He supported the puck pretty well. The biggest thing that doesn’t get brought up in the Colborne-centre conversation though, is his defensive-zone coverage (where centres make their hay). He’s good at that (especially for a young guy). If last year is any indication, the coaching staff also trusts him in that regard. As such, I’m not surprised they want to try him there again.

      To reiterate, I do like Colborne on the wing. He’s pretty quick for a big guy, and he’s getting better in the corners. That said, I don’t mind trying the centre thing out again, if only for a little while.

    • McRib

      “1: The less ice-time Brian McGrattan gets the better. He was terrible last night.”

      Personally as a member of the tanking committee, I hope Brian McGrattan plays often this season. Not only will we be drafting a Top. 3 stud, but Brian Burkes moronic “truculence ideology” will be disproven, as my biggest fear is that once we have talent to be competitive in the coming years this will continue to hold us back.

      “2: I saw nothing to convince me that Joe Colborne should be a center (to say nothing of the center with the most ice-time).”

      Agree completely no way is he a centre going forward, the best moves he made this preseason were acutally power cuts wide playing the wing… Also found the role they had Backlund in to be fairly frustrating, wish they had him with Gaudreau. It’s as if now that they know Backlund is a shutdown stud, they feel the need to only give him defensive zone starts when he has the offensive potential to be one of our more consistent point producers.

  • McRib

    @ piscera.infada, Parallex

    I was at the game last night and have to say I thought colborne was one of the worst players on the ice. (Aside from the obvious facepuncher candidates).

    I counted at least a half dozen times where he made a noticeably terrible play and either lost or gave the puck away. I understand the flames brass love him due to his size, but I just don’t see it. Not sure if others are blinded by his size and also thinks this makes up for his lack of puck skills.

    I don’t mind him as a potential 3rd line winger, but I think that’s his ceiling based off of what o’ve seen of him the last year. And please get Johhny off of his line and onto someone’s who can actually play with the puck. (Backlund please)