Post-Game: Welcome to Wherever You Are

The downward slide in the standings continues for the Calgary Flames, as they dropped a 5-2 decision to the New York Rangers tonight.

The Flames now have a record of 17-14-2 after 33 games. They’re back in action on Friday night when they host the Dallas Stars in another crucial Western Conference game.

THE RUNDOWN

Because I can, I’m going to break format a bit.

The Flames scored twice: once in the second period when they were already down 4-0 (from Jiri Hudler) and another when they were down 5-1 late in the third (from Curtis Glencross) when the game was out of reach and Henrik Lundqvist was probably thinking about where to get ribs after the game.

The Flames generated more shots and shot attempts than the Rangers, but (a) everything that went near Karri Ramo seemed to go in and (b) almost nothing that went near Henrik Lundqvist went in. Hockey’s a fickle game sometimes, and so despite playing yet another pretty solid game, the Flames skated away with zero points.

Kent did a nice piece on the randomness of hockey earlier today – check it out – but here’s a few graphs just to illustrate how weird the game is.

ON-ICE SHOOTING PERCENTAGE (ROLLING 5-GAME AVERAGES)

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Guess where the Flames are right now? The very bottom.

ON-ICE SAVE PERCENTAGE (ROLLING 5-GAME AVERAGE)

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Again, the Flames are basically at the bottom, and just starting to bounce back. This team has goalies that have run hot and cold this season.

PDO (ROLLING 5-GAME AVERAGE)

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Just a smidge above the worst PDO string they’ve had all season.

CORSI PERCENTAGE (ROLLING 5-GAME AVERAGE)

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They’ve never played better hockey from a puck possession perspective.

They’re 0-6-0 in their last six. It sucks. But this is, in nearly every way, the wonky and wacky Hockey Gods balancing the world out.

WHY THE FLAMES LOST

The usual.

Bad bounces, occasionally shoddy defensive play and the like. Every time they make a mistake, it ended up in their net.

RED WARRIOR

Matt Stajan had an assist, was one of the few even Flames in terms of plus/minus, and won 77% of his draws. Way to go, Staj.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 12:18 Granlund 20 29 31 32 33 60 5 12 13 30 44 62 5v5
Away 1 11:49 Stempniak 17 18 21 29 31 33 5 12 13 15 18 30 5v5
Away 1 11:30 Boyle 17 18 21 29 31 33 12 13 15 18 22 30 5v5
Home 1 10:11 Hudler 5 7 13 24 31 86 18 20 21 22 26 30 5v5
Away 1 8:39 Nash goal 5 7 8 19 23 31 8 10 30 36 44 61 5v5
Away 1 6:06 Moss 4 7 17 18 31 8 10 12 19 20 30 4v5
Home 1 5:40 Colborne 4 6 8 19 23 31 12 13 18 30 44 62 5v5
Away 1 4:14 Staal 4 6 20 31 32 60 8 10 18 30 36 61 5v5
Away 1 1:33 Fast 5 7 20 31 32 60 5 15 19 27 28 30 5v5
Home 1 0:52 Bouma 5 7 17 18 31 21 22 26 27 30 61 4v5
Home 1 0:35 Jooris 5 7 31 32 86 21 22 26 27 30 61 4v5
Home 1 0:27 Russell 4 6 8 23 31 5 10 12 20 30 36 4v5
Away 1 0:09 Kreider goal 4 6 8 23 31 5 10 12 20 30 36 4v5
Away 2 19:02 Kreider 4 7 13 24 31 86 10 20 21 22 26 30 5v5
Away 2 19:02 Kreider again 4 7 13 24 31 86 10 20 21 22 26 30 5v5
Home 2 17:11 Hudler 5 7 8 13 24 31 5 21 27 30 61 5v4
Away 2 16:55 Nash goal 5 7 8 13 24 31 5 21 27 30 61 5v4
Home 2 9:52 Engelland 13 24 29 31 33 86 12 13 18 22 30 62 5v5
Home 2 8:57 Granlund 4 6 20 31 32 60 18 20 21 22 26 30 5v5
Away 2 8:46 Stepan goal 4 6 20 31 32 60 8 20 21 26 30 44 5v5
Home 2 8:05 Hudler goal 1 5 7 18 21 24 8 10 30 36 44 61 5v5
Home 2 6:10 Jones 1 4 5 19 21 23 5 21 27 30 61 5v4
Home 2 5:28 Russell 1 4 7 19 21 23 8 10 18 30 36 5v4
Home 2 5:10 Monahan 1 4 7 19 21 23 8 18 19 28 30 62 5v5
Away 2 2:44 McDonagh 1 6 8 17 23 33 5 15 19 27 28 30 5v5
Away 2 1:08 Zuccarello 1 4 6 32 86 5 10 20 30 36 44 4v5
Away 2 1:06 Girardi 1 4 6 32 86 5 10 20 30 36 44 4v5
Home 3 18:32 Engelland 1 13 24 29 33 86 8 12 13 30 44 62 5v5
Home 3 18:28 Jooris 1 13 24 29 33 86 8 12 13 30 44 62 5v5
Home 3 12:36 Gaudreau 1 13 24 29 33 86 8 15 18 19 28 30 5v5
Home 3 10:59 Colborne 1 5 7 8 19 23 20 21 22 26 30 44 5v5
Home 3 10:54 Gaudreau 1 4 6 13 24 86 8 18 20 21 26 30 5v5
Home 3 10:48 Gaudreau 1 4 6 13 24 86 8 18 20 21 26 30 5v5
Away 3 8:39 Zuccarello 1 5 7 17 18 21 8 13 18 30 36 61 5v5
Home 3 6:48 Hudler 1 5 7 13 24 86 8 13 18 30 36 61 5v5
Home 3 1:16 Glencross goal 1 4 6 20 21 23 8 22 28 30 62 5v4
Home 3 0:40 Hudler 1 13 24 29 33 86 8 15 18 19 28 30 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   10 2   3 0   0 2
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 17:02 5 4 02:21 3 0 01:28 1 4
5 GIORDANO, MARK 17:15 4 3 03:14 2 1 03:24 2 0
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 19:15 4 3 02:06 1 0 01:30 1 3
7 BRODIE, TJ 17:09 5 5 02:45 2 1 03:29 2 1
8 COLBORNE, JOE 13:34 2 2 01:49 1 1 00:51 1 1
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 13:06 9 2 02:40 1 1 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 09:41 0 4 00:00 0 0 01:52 1 1
18 STAJAN, MATT 09:45 1 3 00:00 0 0 01:59 1 1
19 JONES, DAVID 13:27 3 1 01:55 2 0 00:00 0 0
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 12:59 2 3 00:38 1 0 00:00 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 10:36 2 3 02:32 3 0 00:00 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:52 3 2 02:32 3 0 00:43 1 1
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:13 10 2 02:40 1 1 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 13:35 6 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
31 RAMO, KARRI   5 8   1 1   3 2
32 BYRON, PAUL 12:58 2 3 00:01 0 0 02:02 1 2
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 15:43 6 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
60 GRANLUND, MARKUS 12:40 2 3 00:01 0 0 00:19 0 0
86 JOORIS, JOSH 12:59 9 2 00:51 0 0 01:51 1 2
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 6 7 3 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
2 7 7 4 4 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 9 1 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames are back at it on Friday night, when they meet the Dallas Stars. The puck drops at 7pm MT.

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  • Jeff Lebowski

    Newsflash: The opponents are all extremely good. The games are difficult. Who would want it any other way?

    It’s like the Olympic motto or creed. Something along the lines of opponents bringing out the best in each other.

    I think there could be a lot more respect given to all these athletes and coaches. Everyone is trying to win. It’s why I watch.

    Nothing to fret about. Sometimes you have to tip your cap. Just learn and try to be better next time.