Post-Game: Sinking the Sharks

On paper, this game seemed like a tough one. The SAP Center (at HP Pavilion) has historically been a tough place to play. The Flames were coming off a tough 3-2 loss the night before in Anaheim. The Sharks had been off since Saturday, when they lost at home. Likely the visitors would be tired and frustrated and the home side rested and ready to go.

Instead, the Flames went toe-to-toe with the Sharks and really pulled away in the late stages of the second period and much of the third. Instead of fading, the Flames intensified, and won a 2-0 road effort over the Sharks.

The Flames have not yet lost back-to-back games in regulation.

THE RUNDOWN

There was no scoring in the first period, but Antti Niemi was able to battle to keep his team in it as, uncharacteristically, the Flames attacked early. He ROBBED Johnny Gaudreau early-on in arguably his best save. The Sharks led in shots overall, though, 11-9.

The Flames were out-shot 11-6 in the second, the main difference being some aggressive play by the Sharks and a power-play generated by a Mark Giordano tripping penalty mid-way through the period. However, Karri Ramo was sharp. The Flames broke the deadlock late in the period, off of some pressure generated by a fantastic shift by Paul Byron. Basically, Byron broke into the zone and simply would not let the Sharks gain enough puck control to clear things out for a line change. As a result, one Flames on-the-fly change later, T.J. Brodie and Jiri Hudler played give-and-go on a zone entry, leading to Hudler wristing a shot past Niemi for the 1-0 lead.

The Sharks were aggressive early in the third, but the Flames weathered the storm and then the period evolved into some nice punch-counterpunch, rush-counterrush action. The Sharks did generate more shots by a 10-4 margin but, shocker, Ramo stood tall. Justin Braun tripped Markus Granlund late, leading to Jiri Hudler’s second goal of the game, on a power-play into an empty net as the Sharks tried in vain to tie the game up.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Karri Ramo was consistently good and occasionally great. The Flames generally out-worked the Sharks and battled to contain their energy as much as they could.

Oh, and Jiri Hudler was the guy who drew his name out of the “score some goals” hat tonight, so he scored enough goals to ensure the Flames won. That would be two, raising his goal total to 10 on the year.

RED WARRIOR

Karri Ramo made 32 saves, coming off of a start against the New Jersey Devils where he was admittedly unhappy with his first two periods and worked hard in the third so Calgary could get a chance to win (which they did).

He really bounced back with a strong 60 minutes tonight and kept the Flames in the game throughout.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Away 1 19:16 Russell 8 12 31 39 41 88 4 6 13 24 31 86 5v5
Away 1 19:13 Jooris 8 12 31 39 41 88 4 6 13 24 31 86 5v5
Away 1 19:10 Gaudreau 8 12 31 39 41 88 4 6 13 24 31 86 5v5
Home 1 16:40 Pavelski 8 31 39 41 83 88 4 6 13 24 31 86 5v5
Away 1 15:39 Byron 4 15 31 57 80 89 15 31 32 33 60 79 5v5
Away 1 15:31 Monahan 12 19 31 44 48 61 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 1 14:12 Kennedy 10 25 31 41 81 88 4 6 17 25 27 31 5v5
Away 1 10:31 Hudler 8 31 39 41 83 88 5 7 13 24 31 86 5v5
Home 1 7:05 Burns 8 31 39 41 83 88 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 1 1:29 Thornton 8 12 19 31 39 88 5 7 17 31 86 5v4
Home 1 1:21 Burns 8 12 19 31 39 88 5 7 17 31 86 5v4
Away 2 15:05 Bollig 10 25 31 41 81 88 4 6 17 25 27 31 5v5
Away 2 14:03 Hudler 15 25 31 41 57 88 5 7 13 24 31 86 5v5
Home 2 13:43 Marleau 12 19 31 44 61 4 6 23 31 32 4v4
Home 2 8:33 Hertl 12 19 31 44 48 61 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 2 8:05 Thornton 8 12 19 31 39 88 6 15 17 31 86 5v4
Home 2 7:04 Nieto 31 44 48 57 80 83 4 7 31 32 60 5v4
Away 2 4:35 Jones 12 19 31 41 48 88 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Away 2 3:25 Monahan 4 12 19 31 80 4 6 23 31 32 4v4
Away 2 2:46 Hudler goal 4 12 31 39 80 5 7 13 24 31 4v4
Away 2 0:22 Monahan 4 10 25 31 80 81 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 3 16:45 Pavelski 8 25 31 39 41 61 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Away 3 15:09 Baertschi 15 31 44 57 88 89 15 17 25 27 31 33 5v5
Away 3 13:16 Jooris 4 8 25 31 39 80 5 7 13 24 31 86 5v5
Home 3 7:28 Marleau 12 19 31 44 48 88 4 6 25 27 31 60 5v5
Home 3 7:14 Hertl 12 19 31 44 48 88 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Away 3 7:04 Monahan 12 19 31 44 48 88 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 3 5:18 Sheppard 15 31 41 57 61 83 5 6 17 25 27 31 5v5
Home 3 5:12 Marleau 12 19 31 44 48 88 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Home 3 5:10 Marleau 12 19 31 44 48 88 5 7 19 20 23 31 5v5
Away 3 1:30 Monahan 8 12 31 44 88 5 7 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 3 1:05 Giordano 8 12 31 44 88 5 7 13 23 24 31 4v5
Home 3 0:58 Marleau 8 12 31 80 88 5 7 13 23 24 31 4v5
Away 3 0:50 Hudler goal 4 10 31 80 83 89 4 6 17 19 31 86 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 24:43 6 4 00:43 0 0 00:50 0 1
5 GIORDANO, MARK 21:12 8 7 01:13 2 1 01:02 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 24:30 6 5 01:02 0 0 01:10 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 21:57 8 6 00:54 2 1 01:58 0 3
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:54 7 1 01:56 2 1 00:00 0 0
15 SMID, LADISLAV 09:47 2 0 00:00 0 0 01:04 0 1
17 BOUMA, LANCE 09:29 3 2 00:00 0 0 02:32 0 3
19 JONES, DAVID 17:06 5 6 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 17:59 4 6 00:00 0 0 00:06 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 20:24 5 7 01:37 2 1 00:06 0 0
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:17 7 1 01:56 2 1 00:00 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 08:45 2 3 00:19 0 0 00:00 0 0
27 BAERTSCHI, SVEN 09:24 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   16 11   2 1   0 4
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:58 2 1 00:00 0 0 00:24 0 1
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 08:17 2 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 11:31 1 1 00:00 0 0 00:24 0 1
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 09:44 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 14:15 7 1 00:00 0 0 02:32 0 3
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 5 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 6 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 6 7 4 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are now 14-8-2 after 24 games. They have captured 30 of a possible 48 points (representing a points percentage of roughly 62.5%).

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The local hockey heroes are 3 points behind the top teams in the NHL and approximately 16 points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres, currently embroiled in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

They’re off to Arizona for a couple days off and then a game on Saturday night in Phoenix against the Arizona Coyotes.

  • The Sultan

    Great effort by the Flames. We really are a third period team — while everyone else seems to get tired, we step on the gas pedal, take it to another level. Also, the game Engelland is scratched, the boys walk away with a shutout.. coincidence? I think not. Smid and Diaz didn’t looks too bad out there tonight. Which is to say, Smid didn’t look terrible.

    • Burnward

      It’s amazing how every single Flames fan (with a triple digit IQ) knew that the Engelland contract was brutal….yet BT (a GM who is suppose to be more knowledgeable than the rest of us) signed it……..how is this possible???!

      WW

      • The Sultan

        That’s a very reasonable question, Walter.

        My guess is he was staring down the salary floor and the remaining free agent pool, wanted a defenseman, and pushed all in.

        That or a mancrush. Tough to say.

        • Mort

          But then why would you sign him for 3 years? There are plenty of (useful) free agents you can overpay every year in order to reach the cap floor. Why overpay a completely useless free agent for THREE YEARS in order to reach the cap floor?

          • BurningSensation

            Because any reasonable projection of the Flames salary situation shows that for the next few years we will be in a struggle to reach the cap floor.

            Engelland was brought in to be a good soldier, do some speed-bag work, take a regular shift on either D or LW, be good in the room, and police the children.

            Bringing in a more ‘useful’ vet (an Alex Tanguay type) carries with it a range of other issues. They guy will want to be winning now at all costs, want all the PP time, expect veteran defference on things in the room, etc., etc. Worse, by the time the team is ripe enough to make a run at the title, that player’s skillset will be in decline.

            I don’t ‘like’ the Engelland signing, but it isn’t ‘bad’ for the Flames. Overpaying a character guy as part of reaching the salary floor isn’t the worst idea a GM has had. By the time the $ are an issue for the team, he’ll be looking for a new deal elsewhere. If he gets displaced in the lineup before then, all the better.

          • Rockmorton65

            One word, consistency. Imagine the chaos if every year, the Flames had to fill the 5-7 spots on the D. They would either have to overpay in term and dollars, or not get the people they want. Word was that the Flames were in on Orpik before they signed Engelland. Which contract would you rather have right now? By the time his contract is up, Engelland will be comfortably in the minors, helping teach the kids.

            Just look at the chaos in Edm this past offseason. They went looking for a 2C and came up empty. They the had to play a 19 yr old who isn’t ready. Now, 20 games in, word is they are going to have to move someone they don’t want to to fill that role. I love the fact that, barring something crazy happening with Gio, the Flames are set on D for the next 2-3 years, UNLESS…someone better comes along. In which case either Engelland or Diaz are easy to bury in the minors.

          • everton fc

            3 years for a 32 year old d-man who is, at best, a 6/7 guy? A valid question, me thinks.

            As for Sven, he simply must do what Jooris, Ferland and Granlund have done before him; make the most of every shift, regardless of linemates. Ferland was slotted into the 4th line, as was Jooris. They made the most of these opportunities.

            Have to earn your keep on this team. That’s what I like – very competitive environment with all guys on the ice and behind the bench, on the same winning page.

        • Rockmorton65

          …and, a term that has zero impact short or long term. I think BT was smart to sign him to that inflated figure because it gives him some added flexibility. Even though it’s a one-way contract, there’s no danger of him being claimed off waivers if you need to send him to the minors.

      • Scary Gary

        The guy who keeps making the size cooments has been Burke. Me thinks that Bollig and Engelland were more the results of his input than Treliving’s.

        Of course, that’s cherry-picking the good from the bad, but when you look at the Hiller, Raymond, Byron (and even the one year Seto deal )signings and what Treliving says in a press conference vs what Burke says, I don’t think it’s that far off.

        • Parallex

          Neither of those are reasonable explanations IMO.

          When Bob MacKenzie has to tweet a clarification that the number he quoted is the AAV and not the total contract value you’ve gone way beyond being able to blame “free agency”, I’m more sympathetic to “Cap Floor” as an argument but I have to believe that you could get a #6/#7 D-man (and let’s be honest that’s exactly what he is) for less years… heck that’s exactly what we did at the end of pre-season with Diaz.

          Personally, I blame Burke. The Engelland deal smells like it has Burke’s ‘faps to men’s big’n’tall catalogue’ hands all over it.

          • While you’re at it, you can blames Burke for Gaudreau and Byron. What the hell was he thinking?!

            Stop blaming Burke for everything about this team you don’t like. It’s getting really old.

          • It is a perfectly reasonable explanation. The cap floor rises in value every year. Engellend’s contract doesn’t (in fact, it decreases in value as a result of this, since it makes up a smaller portion of their total cap space each year that goes by). And then on top of that, inflation causes the FV of his contract to decrease in value even further each year. The Engellend deal was an insurance signing. It’s a strategic move and it makes sense because we are more concerned with the cap floor than the cap ceiling. And we probably will be this way for around another 2 years. Hence the 3 year deal.

          • everton fc

            “Personally, I blame Burke. The Engelland deal smells like it has Burke’s ‘faps to men’s big’n’tall catalogue’ hands all over it.”

            Best comment ever. Very impressed.

          • everton fc

            And true. Both Engelland and Bollig are Burke’s. Or so it seems.

            Setoguchi might be a Treliving deal. Including waivers.

            I like Treliving. So far. I still can’t stand Burke.

            I’ve been thinking about who will be sent down as players come back from injury. I think Knight’s obvious. Perhaps McGrattan gets waived and re-assigned. Then it’s really between Bollig and Baertschi. Sven makes the most sense to move, so he can get more top-line minutes.

            Seems the solutions are easier than they seem….

          • Captain Ron

            When Burke fired Feaster last year, almost every comment about Burke was negative.

            “Gaudreau is gone, he’s not big enough.”

            “When do we trade for Colton Orr?”

            “The Flames are going to go backwards, Book it.”

            “When do we fire Hartley and hire the ghost of Fred Shero?”

            etc etc etc

            Since Feaster was fired, Burke retained the coaching staff, hired Treliving, Craig Conroy was promoted, Brad Pascall was hired, a new fitness coach came in (seems to be working pretty well, I’d say), the scouting staff is still here, brought in a new coach in Addy who has coaxed nine straight wins out of a depleted roster). So, Engelland and Bollig haven’t worked out. Is that really all on Burke. Would he not have consulted with Treliving, Conroy, Pascall and the coaching staff? McGratton is being eased out of the lineup, as well, while Hartley tries to shore up the fourth line.

            Meanwhile, the Flames are tied for seventh overall with a 14-8-2 record. They aren’t likely to stay there, but most of us weren’t expecting this to begin with.

            I don’t get all the hate for the guy. He’s not perfect, but compared to the gong show going on up in Edmonton, I’d say we’ve been pretty fortunate.

  • jeremywilhelm

    Kari Ramo is making a charge to be the # 1 goalie! Flames haven’t lost 2 games in a row. Jooris/Hudler/Gaudreau line shines.

    Baby Flames win 9 in a row, Ortio wins 9th and Ben Hanowski scored 2 games and leads team with 9 goals.

    Life is Good!

  • jeremywilhelm

    Backlund and Stajan will be gone several weeks. Sven stays at least until Raymond and Colborne are both healthy again. Raymond is week to week, Col still day to day, so Sven still has time to prove himself.

    He looked good on the 4th line tonight and had 9:24 as opposed to the 7 and 1/2 he’s been getting in the last few games. Too bad his shot went off the crossbar–a goal would have been a big confidence boost for him.

    It’s amazing how poised the rookies are playing: Granlund, Gudreau, Jooris, Ferland. I’d vote for all of them to stay and there seems to be room for them for at least a month. Monny is only a sophomore and Byron for all intents and purposes is one too. GlenX, Hudler and now Jones are playing strong too.

    Poirier and Hanowski in the wings. Bennett here next year. Ramo putting himself back in contention for the non-existent # 1A job. Ortio starting to shine in Addy. Wow! It’s an exciting time.

  • jeremywilhelm

    Sven got 9:24 tonight rather than 7 1/2 he’d been getting. Was not stapled to the bench in period 3. Too bad he hit the cross bar–it would have been so good for his confidence.

    Sven stays until Col and Ray return. Co day to day, but Ray week to weeks so Sven has about two more weeks at least to make a good impression. Stajana and Backlund out for at least a month or so more.

    The rookies look extremely poised and Hartley has great faith in them even late: Granlund, Jooris, Ferland, Gaudreau.

    Monny and for all intents and purposes Byron are just sophmores.

    Ramo is making a bid to be !A again; Ortio is playing well in Addy.

    Porier, now Hanowski and Bennett waiting to challenge next year.

    Life is good, Flames fans.

    • If u don’t have an idea already what Sven can do then u haven’t been paying attention since he was drafted. you know what else would be good for his confidence, reg ice from his coach, should be in the 12-14 range with pp time, mistakes or no mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, EVERYONE. Players want to counted on by their coach, period, they strive off of it. There has been very little reward when he has had good games. in my opinion.

      Side note-INTELLECTUALLY HONEST flames people will say this is not year one of the rebuild.

  • beloch

    Ryan Pike wrote:

    The Flames broke the deadlock late in the period, off of some pressure generated by a fantastic shift by Paul Byron. Basically, Byron broke into the zone and simply would not let the Sharks gain enough puck control to clear things out for a line change.

    It’s worth noting that, during this shift, Byron stole the puck from none other than Joe Thornton and then proceeded to humiliate him with sheer stick-handling prowess until he gave up and left Byron alone. Seriously impressive stuff there! The Flames should probably be discussing a contract extension with him.

    Gaudreau might have been kept off the score-sheet, but he had a very strong outing. He was ferocious on the back-check all night and there was one shift where, similar to Byron, he skated circles around Vlasic with the puck behind the Sharks net. Vlasic is no second or third line defender! Johnny played 15:50 and, with a CF% of 59% he was second only to Jiri Hudler in that stat, who had a beastly night as well. That’s amazing considering that the Flames overall CF% for the game was a ghastly 28.6%!

    So, what’s the bad news? Monahan’s line faced the Shark’s toughest and got their heads beat in (Monahan still got a point on that empty netter though). However, the Shark’s best is, arguably, amongst the NHL’s very best and they played a third of the game chasing a 1 goal deficit. That’s not a recipe for pretty fancy stats. Even Brodano finished in the low forties! The fancy stats don’t tell the whole story though. At the end of the third, when the Sharks were at their most desperate, the Flames pushed back hard, forced a penalty, got some good chances on the attack and, almost the very moment the Sharks finally got a chance to pull their goalie, Monahan and Hudler delivered a back-breaking empty-netter. They didn’t give the Sharks any chance to get set up with an extra attacker at all. Great finish! Better yet, fancy stats and the eye both agree that the Flames best period tonight was, for a change, the first. Given this team’s problems with falling behind early, that’s good to see.

    • Byron Bader

      This might be in the string somewhere but totally agree about Gaudreau. He was big time. Interesting that his on ice scoring chance % was 88% at evens. 7 to 1 scoring chances. That really paints a picture of what that line did.

  • Captain Ron

    Backlund now needing a mesh to keep his guts in? ? Nice..sounds like a good long career ahead for him. Dissapointing as it seems he will never be what we hoped..and now his trade value is next to nil
    Having said that get well soon

  • Scary Gary

    Ramo! He made some great saves and really kept the flames in it.

    That Jooris pass to Gaudreau was nice but not as amazing as that back and forth between Brodie and Hudler on the second goal, haha beauty!

  • Canrock 78

    Now that Setoguchi is gone I see all you haters are moving on to someone new.

    Check the standings I think we’re in pretty good hands. Unless WW was in charge we would have won every game 10 0 because he is a genius.

  • playastation

    Just a couple points that haven’t been touched:

    That Brodie pass for the first Hudler goal! A perfect backhand from the boards under pressure, right on to the tape in the slot. That guy.

    Granlund is amazing at drawing tripping penalties. 3 last night, if I remember? They may have been legit, but sometimes they look a bit boarder-line on replays yet completely authentic when they happen. I’m not going to complain about that skill set.

    Also, mentioned above, Sven has not been stapled to the bench in the 3rd lately. He’s been on the ice in crucial moments in the 3rd for the past 3 games at least. Just sayin. I hope he keeps climbing like he has been.

    • Burnward

      I’d add that we have seen the overall hockey IQ of this hockey team improve greatly.

      Along with being fast and young, a lot of these guys think the game very well. Monahan, Gaudreau, Granlund, Jooris already show that they grasp the game at both ends of the ice.

      It’s been remarkable to see this happen.

      Not sure when they started mirroring systems in the AHL and NHL, but I wonder how much of an impact this has had.

      • Kevin R

        This improvement in hockey IQ I believe has a lot to do with John Weisbrod . It seemed that every time I heard him interviewed about drafting he emphasized the importance of hockey IQ, and how the Flames were trying to make sure their draft picks had this trait.
        It will be interesting how much he influences the drafting in Vancouver now that he is employed there.

        Dick

  • Burnward

    Or, Burke/Treliving were gambling on him having a higher top end and he hasn’t delivered.

    I find it hard to believe that he was the lucky cap-floor lottery winner in free agency.

    • If you don’t believe it was strategic, there are only 2 other explanations: Luck or Good Intuition. Typically I like having both in competition but having one is better than having neither.

      Bottom line is, We can argue all day long about mgmt’s intentions, but we are just throwing Pokeballs at Abras. The fact still remains that the Flames do have cap floor concerns and that the additional $3M on the books does benefit them in the near future. Whether strategy was in the intentions, there is undeniable strategy in the results.

  • playastation

    Guys. WHO CARES about Engellend’s Contract. He’s the 7th guy now. Next year he’ll have 2 years left at 6. He won’t even play.

    Lets remember:

    Tanguay: 5-Years 17.5 Million

    Babchuk: 2-Years 5 Million

    Cory Sarich: 2 Years 4 Million

    Ryan O Reilly: 2 Years 10 Million.

    Nitpick all you want. BT has been the GM for 25 games. This signing is the lowest of impact. Will not affect the future. If anything, will encourage a kid to get called up from defense faster.

    Holy smokes dudes.

    Also Yes, Sven has looked good the last 2 games.

  • RedMan

    I wonder if Jones is injured before someone has to be sent down, or will he last a bit longer??? he really shows some flashes… but but but but injuries!

    gonna be a log jam soon with bodies coming off of IR.

  • RedMan

    All of the arguing over Sven’s playing time takes away from what we should be talking about. (Johhny, Brodie, Hudler, Ramo etc) The fact of the matter is based on the flames Earned not Given motto Sven has not earned any more ice time, never mind a call up from the AHL based on THIS SEASON’s performances in Addy and Calgary. We all quote this constantly and were happy to see Setoguchi a former decent NHL forward waived in order to stick by this year’s philosophy. Exceptions weren’t made for his past, and Sven should be held to the same standrards. Despite what potential he has shown in the past, I have very rarely seen it this season. I would personally like to see a trip back to the baby Flames and an improved attitude and performace in Addy before he is called up again. In the meantime others have EARNED a shot with the flames beofre he is recalled.

    Quick thoughts on what should be being discussed: Johnny looking more and mroe assertive every game. Starting not to shy away from some of the dirty areas of the ice. I honestly think his ceiling is one of the best wingers in the game.

    TJ Brodie: Would he be in the Norris conversation if it weren’t for Giordano?? Playing unreal. His dynamic ability/willingness to jump up into the play and almost play a rover like position is what makes him so special IMO.

    Ramo: Does he start to steal starts from Hiller? Very impressed with his game last night. Looked miles sharper than Hiller has in the past few weeks.

  • Kevin R

    This has to be said!

    It’s US Thanksgiving & the “Stats” say that if you are in a playoff spot by US Thanksgiving, you are generally playoff bound. :-} God I love Stats!!

    Next thing! Do we not think it’s time we come to the aid of our desperate, ailing Alberta Brothers from the North & show why we have the compassion Albertans are known for & bail out that poor wandering team stenching up our Province? I suggest we trade them Hiller/Reinhart for Marincin & their 2015 1st. Lets get them back on track. We can call up Ortio & make due with Ramo all in a good cause. :-}

    Then again, we can send out some sharks to circle their dingy drifting out there. 🙂

    • The Sultan

      It was interesting to see last night during the broadcast that in terms of career goals scored in San Jose, that Joe Thornton was in third place behind Joe Pavelski, and of course Patrick Marleau at #1. I thought Marleau/Thornton would be 1/2 for sure.

  • Kevin R

    It’s been a weird season from an analytics point of view. And not just where the Flames are concerned, either.

    The Wild are the best possession team in the league.

    Ryan Suter’s play actually warrants his reputation/pay for once.

    The Kings are one of the worst possession teams in the league.

    The Hurricanes are so good possession wise that Lindholm has a 56% score-close Fenwick–and his relative Corsi is lower than Monahan’s.

    The Oilers are an average possession team–but make so many mistakes that it doesn’t matter.

    Hiller was ELITE in October, and has one full game since where he posted a replacement-level sv%.

  • beloch

    Okay… This is bizarre. Now that the scoring chance data is up, it’s evident that the Flames out-chanced the Sharks despite being absolutely destroyed in corsi, fenwick, and shots. Interesting…

  • Captain Ron

    Kills me that Montreal is in first place overall. I didn’t think they were all that good when they were here. Carey Price is probably the biggest reason.