Post-Game: The Leafs Blown Away By Calgary

The Calgary Flames need wins. The Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be allergic to them, but their allergy is getting them closer to a great draft pick. Both teams got what they needed tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome, where Calgary played a strong first period and then put it in cruise control the rest of the way for a 6-3 victory over the visiting Maple Leafs.

The Flames are one step closer to their first playoff appearance since 2009.

THE RUNDOWN

The Flames got off to a great start tonight. They out-shot and out-hustled the Leafs throughout the majority of the first period. They opened the scoring about five minutes in. With the team already buzzing, a sequence of chances for Jiri Hudler, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau ended with Gaudreau sniping home a rebound to make it 1-0. Drew Shore followed up with his first goal as a Calgary Flame about two minutes later to double the lead. With Brandon Bollig in the box for interference, the Leafs cut the lead to one via a tip-in goal from Richard Panik to make it 2-1. Then Lance Bouma got tossed out of the game. Long story short, he went in for a hit on Brandon Kozun and things went wonky, and it’s unclear if it was a knee-on-knee or not. The Leafs got a five-minute power-play. Calgary scored two short-handed goals on that power-play.

That’s the game right there.

Mikael Backlund stole the puck at the blueline and scored on a 2-on-0 break-out with Joe Colborne to make it 3-1. Then Sean Monahan was sprung on a late-PP breakaway by T.J. Brodie and scored to make it 4-1 late in the first. Shots were 14-6 for the Flames. Yes, despite being short-handed continuously for five minutes.

Monahan scored again early in the second to make it 5-1. David Booth scored on a power-play a few minutes later to make it 5-2, but Jiri Hudler’s power-play marker mid-way through the period made it 6-2 and basically removed all hope for the Leafs. The Flames were largely coasting in the second and were out-shot 15-6 by the Leafs.

Shots were 8-7 Calgary in the third. David Booth scored a goal to make it 6-3. The Leafs ran out of gas. The Flames were conserving theirs for tomorrow’s game in Denver.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

When the game was up for grabs in the first period, they just took it. The Flames were better in the first half of the period. When the Leafs had the chance to get back into it with the Bouma major, they were sloppy on their power-play and the Flames made them pay for it. Twice.

The Flames had a lead for the majority of the game, played a smart game against a lesser team, and outside of Bouma’s ejection (and a slight string of penalty trouble), they didn’t get themselves into trouble.

RED WARRIOR

Sean Monahan scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, played 20+ minutes, won a majority of his face-offs and took a lot of the penalty-killing time with Bouma gone from the game early. Monahan continues to be a huge part of Calgary’s success and has been a superb anchor for the top line.

SCORING CHANCES

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Team Period Time Note Home Away State
Home 1 16:05 Bouma 1 7 11 17 19 29 2 19 34 42 44 81 5v5
Home 1 15:15 Shore 1 4 6 21 22 23 20 23 25 34 47 57 5v5
Home 1 15:01 Monahan 1 4 6 13 23 24 20 23 25 34 47 57 5v5
Home 1 14:56 Hudler 1 4 6 13 23 24 20 23 25 34 47 57 5v5
Home 1 14:55 Gaudreau goal 1 4 6 13 23 24 20 23 25 34 47 57 5v5
Home 1 12:54 Shore goal 1 7 8 21 22 29 21 25 34 42 57 81 5v5
Away 1 8:45 Kessel 1 4 6 18 23 3 21 25 34 42 81 4v5
Home 1 8:21 Backlund goal 1 7 8 11 29 18 19 24 34 44 51 4v5
Home 1 5:23 Monahan goal 1 7 8 23 29 3 21 25 34 42 81 4v5
Home 2 18:33 Monahan goal 1 4 6 13 23 24 2 19 34 42 44 81 5v5
Away 2 15:46 42 tip 1 4 13 23 24 29 2 19 25 34 42 81 5v5
Away 2 15:05 Booth goal 1 3 8 21 22 33 2 20 23 25 34 47 5v5
Away 2 13:24 JVR 1 4 6 13 19 23 2 18 21 24 34 57 5v5
Home 2 12:56 Hudler 1 4 6 13 23 24 2 19 34 42 44 81 5v5
Home 2 11:45 Hudler goal 1 4 6 13 23 24 2 18 23 34 51 5v4
Home 2 10:33 Raymond tip 1 3 18 21 25 33 20 21 23 25 34 57 5v5
Away 2 10:20 Booth 1 3 18 21 25 33 20 21 23 25 34 57 5v5
Away 2 8:08 42 1 4 6 8 21 22 2 18 34 42 44 81 5v5
Home 2 7:49 Bollig 1 7 18 25 29 79 2 20 21 23 34 44 5v5
Away 2 6:37 24 1 4 6 13 23 24 3 19 24 34 47 51 5v5
Home 2 5:59 Colborne 1 3 8 11 19 33 2 15 22 34 44 67 5v5
Away 2 2:51 JVR 1 4 11 18 29 21 25 34 42 44 81 4v5
Away 2 1:39 24 1 7 11 18 29 3 19 21 24 34 51 4v5
Away 3 18:46 Deflection 1 4 6 8 21 23 19 24 34 44 47 51 5v5
Home 3 15:46 Gaudreau 1 7 13 19 29 3 34 42 51 81 4v4
Away 3 15:14 JVR 1 4 6 11 23 79 2 21 25 34 44 47 5v5
Home 3 13:26 Raymond 1 4 6 8 21 22 21 23 25 34 57 67 5v5
Away 3 11:35 42 1 7 11 18 29 3 21 25 34 42 81 4v5
Home 3 10:30 Backlund 1 4 6 11 18 24 3 18 19 24 34 51 5v5
Home 3 10:23 Backlund tip 1 3 11 18 24 33 3 18 19 24 34 51 5v5
Away 3 8:50 51 1 3 8 21 22 33 18 25 34 42 51 81 5v5
Away 3 7:23 15 1 4 6 18 25 79 3 15 22 34 51 67 5v5
Away 3 6:59 22 1 4 11 24 25 33 15 22 25 34 51 67 5v5
Home 3 6:26 Ferland 1 4 11 24 33 79 20 21 23 25 34 51 5v5
Home 3 3:43 Monahan 1 7 13 23 24 29 3 18 34 42 44 81 5v5
Away 3 1:49 JVR 1 8 21 22 29 33 20 21 23 34 51 57 5v5
# Player EV PP SH
1 HILLER, JONAS   17 12   1 0   2 4
3 SCHLEMKO, DAVID 15:31 3 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
4 RUSSELL, KRIS 14:32 9 8 01:29 1 0 06:07 0 2
6 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 13:42 8 6 01:46 1 0 05:54 0 1
7 BRODIE, TJ 17:29 5 0 01:19 0 0 03:22 2 2
8 COLBORNE, JOE 12:42 3 5 01:15 0 0 02:49 2 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:11 5 2 01:22 0 0 03:54 1 3
13 GAUDREAU, JOHNNY 12:48 7 3 01:26 1 0 00:00 0 0
17 BOUMA, LANCE 02:19 1 0 00:00 0 0 00:25 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 11:17 4 2 00:00 0 0 04:27 0 4
19 JONES, DAVID 11:23 3 1 00:00 0 0 00:13 0 0
21 RAYMOND, MASON 13:18 4 6 01:22 0 0 00:00 0 0
22 SHORE, DREW 12:06 3 4 00:00 0 0 01:36 0 0
23 MONAHAN, SEAN 14:20 7 5 01:33 1 0 04:46 1 1
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:13 9 3 01:26 1 0 00:48 0 0
25 BOLLIG, BRANDON 09:11 2 3 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
29 ENGELLAND, DERYK 18:12 5 2 00:00 0 0 03:35 2 3
33 DIAZ, RAPHAEL 16:00 4 5 01:02 0 0 00:00 0 0
79 FERLAND, MICHAEL 14:02 2 2 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
Period Totals EV PP 5v3 PP SH 5v3 SH
1 8 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
2 6 8 5 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
3 6 7 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ZONE ENTRIES

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SUM IT UP

The Flames won the game! They got two points! They sit at 38-25-5 through 68 games and have 81 points. They are back in action tomorrow night in Denver, when they face the Colorado Avalanche. Puck drop is at 8pm MT on the CBC and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

  • Lot’s of analytic people not only discrediting Calgary from success, but even on why they’re labeled as a “hardworking” team because the stats say they’re getting out played for 2 thirds of a game.

    I don’t know, I guess having a 20 year old centre lead the way, in one of the toughest divisions, is nothing to be proud of (or requires hardwork). Or having a first year NHL pro also carry the team when called upon (Gaudreau). Or have 3 of the top 10 shot-blockers in the league. Or have Engelland as a top 4 d-man, when he could barely play bottom pairing minutes, prior to Gio’s injury. Or have guys like Bouma and Jooris contribute both ways, despite lacking “skill”.

    I didn’t mind advanced stats, but it’s now getting annoying. We understand, the team is due to regress. If not this season, then next season for sure. But to come out, and blast this team for not working hard because your CF% isn’t strong enough for your liking is a joke. Many of the analytic guys seem to obsessed with the math, they’re forgetting the amount of passion put into the game.

    Analytics will suggest the Leafs played better, controlled the game more, out chanced the Flames, even out-performed (worked) the Flames. If you believe that, then I have no hope for you or for whoever is employing you.

  • Fire It Up

    Lambert’s mom is going to have to start charging him rent for the basement soon with all the shiny Flames wins screwing over his career in advanced stats.

  • Canrock 78

    Sign of a good team, beat the teams you shouldn’t and soundly beat the teams you should.

    Not to derail this thread but it looks to me that there still frustration over the hole 5 things, thing. It is unfortunate lambert had the most comments from yesterday. ( I got caught in the trap yesterday, it won’t happen again) I hope the nation is not using the WWF model to promote conversation, Ryan Lambert obviously the bad guy. I thinks this takes away from all the writers that are hockey fans and analytics at the same time.

    Question, the above average players that changed teams what has happened to their stats? have they moved closer to the team average or changed the team average, this might help to identify if it is skill based or team system based that are driving possession.

  • I was fairly unhappy with the riffing this game. I thought they called several unnecessary penalties on the Flames and missed a few they should have called on the Leafs.

    Also, the Leafs played like wusses tonight. They fell on every contact, they left Reimer all alone, and they barely even tried. I thought that players refused to ever tank for the draft lottery, but this game suggested otherwise.

  • I, an adult person, would also like to complain about how an opinion different from mine on the Internet hurt my feelings.

    I only read articles that have opinions just like mine so I can feel smarter and better, so if the writers of this site could remember that, I would appreciate it.

    Now I will insult the writer of differing opinions with ‘live in moms basement’ jokes. And now I feel vindicated!

    • RedMan

      I, an adult analytics addict, also an adult person, would like to complain about an opinion different from mine that hurt my feelings.

      Don’t you people understand that if you don’t agree with my endlessly regurgitated opinion, which after all, is the only truly INFORMED opinion, that you are all stupid, and simply don’t understand this game.

      I only want to read articles that are just like mine so I can feel smarter and better, so if the writers of this site could remember that, I would appreciate it.

      Now I will continue to post new articles restating the points that I have made 1000 times previously on this site, because you guys are apparently unable to understand my wisdom, and need me to continue hammer home the message that your team is crap and if you should not be enjoying these games.

      Hey, in all seriousness, I have no problem with the analytics or the writers who have an opinion different from my own, but what I do have a problem with is ANY writer who thinks restating the same aragument in the same condescending tone, over and over, will somehow convince us all that he was right all along.

      I’m just gonna enjoy the ride as long as it lasts, read all the viewpoints, pro and con, analytics included, and continue to really appreciate this flames squad.

      Thanks so much, I don’t need you to write another 1000 articles trying to convince me how I should be viewing this team, I have my own brain…

      • Burnward

        Agreed when analytics like lambert’s continue to mock the average fans and are to ignorant to figure out what might be the right numbers to explain why the flames are winning. However I have seen some articles and some good writers that have been exploring into what might me going on.

        • Burnward

          Totally agree with you on most of the analytics writers on this site. That’s why I am always back here to read the articles posted.

          However, Lambert and Marbled Cheese are going to have to get used to being mocked if they continue to treat us like we are two year olds needing their “guidance” to figure out how the world works….

    • Canrock 78

      Remember he called us idiots because we did not agree with his opinion, then went to oiler nation and ripped us again. Live by the sword die by the sword.

  • I had a chuckle sometime in the 2nd period. The brainwashing is having its effect … Engelland (of all players) takes the puck through the centre ice zone, steps over the Leaf’s blue line and unleashes the softest wrist shot on goal.

    I think to self … hmmm … a Corsi event!! I wish I could put in the eyes-rolling thing-ma-jig right here!!

    Another super important 2 points for the Flames but also combined with a timely loss by the Wild … thanks to Gibson in the Ducks net.

    A much tough game in Denver tonight. Who will step up?

  • Toofun

    Big night tonight for us Flames fans, first our team needs to win and then we have to cheer for the Leafs(yuk even for a kid who cheered for them in the original 6) the Hawks, Tampa, Blues and the Preds(they need to get their act together)

    I did not see the Bouma hit, I wonder if it might be something he gets suspended for?

    • Burnward

      Watching the hit on PC this morning it looked to me like there was no knee on knee contact and that Bouma actually tripped the Leaf player…the version I saw I could not stop it frame by frame…

    • supra steve

      “I did not see the Bouma hit, I wonder if it might be something he gets suspended for?”

      By my eye, Bouma had the player lined up for a huge hit in the neutral zone. Player sees Bouma late and does his best to get out of the path of the train he is about to hit, and that is how the “knee on knee” hit happens a lot of the time. I don’t think Bouma was looking to risk anyone’s knee. Natural instinct is to get your body out of the way, and that is where players put themselves into a vulnerable position with the knee on knee hit. Always cringe when I see it happen, but that doesn’t mean some of the blame doesn’t go to the player that avoids the big check, risking his own (and Bouma’s) knee in the process.

  • ChinookArchYYC

    When did the majority of FN conversations become us vs. them? If you don’t like statistical analysis, you don’t have to read about them or come to the comment section. Every newspaper, TV and radio program accross the continent is full of NHL stories and perspectives that are not analytics-centric. No one has to read anything they don’t like here.

    I like hockey analytics. As I learned more about these tools and usages, I’ve come to appreciate a game I’m passionate about with a new (not better) perspective. There are very few sites like this one that provide Flames analytics and news. I just don’t understand why fans that don’t appreciate hockey stats come here?
    If you don’t believe analytics are useful or provide a insights which are difficult to see live, then so be it there are plenty of other options.

    Every writer at FN (except for Lambert) and most of the commentors that believe in analytics here are largely repectful of the opposing viewpoint. I’m not sure why the same courtesy can not be reciprocated.

    • RedMan

      I get the analytics, I even buy some of their conclusions but as of yet have I read any real analytic writers really discuss why the Flames have been successful. If you include the end of last season the Flames have defied analytics but the analytics crew mostly talk about luck or needing a bigger sample. Personally I think that many of them just think that their stats are the only ones that matter. I would suggest that certain styles of game defy the stats and I suspect that the Flames keep a set of their own stats that matter to them. For example based on their style of play I would suspect they have a formula for % of stretch passes that lead to scoring chances, to possession in the offensive zones vs icing calls. I suspect they have a formula for quality scoring chances vs just shots on net.

      Ia actually came today to talk about the game last night and specifically about Hiller. Having just watched the hilights form last night I thought he was terrible. He could and should have stopped all 3 goals. His style drives me crazy; he’s always on his knees and he can not seem to catch a puck; how many times has he let a rebound out of his glove hand?

    • Canrock 78

      I wonder what the ratio is of readers of this site that are pro stats, mixed stats and anti stats.

      If we are only welcome if we drink the stats koolaid and enjoy it, then you may get your wish. The problem I see with that is there enough pure stats fans to sustain this site? No where on this site do I see it stated that the nation is a stats only site.

      I personally believe the concern over possession is valid but I would sooner we looked for practical solutions while enjoying our success than beating the were a bad team horse anymore.

    • RedMan

      I think there are many fans that come to a website called Flames Nation to discuss, criticize & infatuate about their favourite hockey team. I didn’t see a disclaimer that you should only read if you believe in statistics & discussion will only be the black & white analyses of those statistics. To tell people who make time to come & read articles on this site & interact with other posters to go somewhere else if they don’t like the statistics content & opinions derived from them is, well…. mind boggling.

      Remember at the beginning of the year that turd PJ Stock & some other cronies said Flames have no talent, even when they were winning at the start. Guess what, now panels are bubbling on that they suddenly have lots of talent & depth. I was at that game & there are a lot of other things going on in the game over and above corsi events. In fact, the type & amount of corsi events in that 3rd period was because Flames totally took their foot off the gas pedal since the 6th goal. I always thought/assumed these(Corsi) mathematical stats was a science of a sport it was measuring. If you keep the science context true, & want to formulate & predict outcomes based on the hypothesis being formulated from the statistical analysis, then the results should occur consistently. That is not happening. But what is stirring the pot here is that you get the Lambertian Theory declaring the Flames suck based on measurements that are not successfully predicting accurate results. Instead of making declarations, he should be changing how he measures & formulate a new hypothesis.

      So now we have the irony, a Stats site who wants to grow readership & interest into the developing statistical analysis of hockey with the focus on our Calgary Flames (hence Flames Nation). But the site allows a weekly article of Vince McMahon WWF style of writing to offend the fan base premised on the very statistical conclusions the site is all about. Then we get some angry, heated readers who are loyal Flames fans backlashing in the comments & you think they should just go somewhere else? Ok, that makes sense.

  • Burnward

    Corsi did, Fenwick did, everything did.

    You fancy huh? You fancy huh?

    At this point guys, these advanced stats don’t really matter. We know who this team is, how they play, how they win. The writers who lean on them exclusively and dismiss this team are only adding to the layers of egg on the face.

    Conversely, the numbers are what they are. They suck (by the numbers) at 5v5 Corsi this year, it is what it is.

    Let’s enjoy the last month gang!!!!

    • ChinookArchYYC

      You’re right. At this point in the season (15 or so games in hand), Corsi and shots don’t matter. Only wins do. There’s not enough time for the Flames to regress for shitty Corsi (and the sample size is so small).

  • Burnward

    Just looking at the standings, and what stands out is that the Flames ROW is as good as anyone else’s in the West. Does this mean the Ducks, Blues, and Preds have just been extremely lucky in shootouts this year? Or am I missing something?

  • RKD

    Cool to see Drew Shore score his first NHL goal in Calgary. Monahan is such a stud, 27 goals and counting. He keeps getting better and better. That whole line with Gaudreau and Hudler is so deadly. Backlund = game face.

    • RedMan

      That game was so much fun to be at & we had so many Leaf fans around us. My buddy & I took a few paper bags & we were jokingly offering it to those poor Leaf loyalists around us. With the exception of one, Leaf fans are pretty good about the ribbing. Their frustration has got to be as bad as Oiler fans. That line of Hudler Johnny & Money is incredible. You left that building marvelling about the fact one is 20 & the other is 21 & the chemistry of them is undeniable. That line is going to carry us to the playoffs. Come playoff time who ever we play is going to key on them & if we had a 2nd line that could score like these guys, look out. Then the drooling thought that a 2nd line next year may evolve around Bennett & Porrier & maybe someone else stands out next year, just made walking out to the car that much more exciting.

      Flames actually appeared to play a much heavier game as well & right now that 3rd round pick for Bollig is going to pay dividends as we get into rough & tough playoff style hockey. That Stajan Ferland & Bollig line was actually fun to watch out there. They are a true playoff calibre 4th line in this league, they can hurt you on the scoresheet & they can hurt you on the ice. Ken King at the breakfast yesterday said these guys are really really loose out there in practise & in the games, even as the intensity & urgency increases. Sure hope the boys keep this mental mindset going.

  • Canrock 78

    Ya know what’s sad? I remember a time when not ever post on this site was littered with huge arguments over the content on the site. Flamesnation used to be a place where I could go read and be informed by different opinions regarding my favourite sports team.

    Now? I still come here to read and be informed by different opinions regarding my favourite sports team, but it’s not presented the same way by the site.

    Different opinions used to be suggested by the writers to us readers as just that: opinions. But now we are constantly bombarded with the same opinions, although the recent additions to the writers have been refreshing, and are belittled for thinking anything different. Then, readers respond in a similar belittling way to writers or other commenters and the whole comment section derails into an argument about who’s right and if advanced stats are a god and blah blah blah. I personally am getting tired of it.

    People..EVERYONE…need(s) to realize that neither and both parties are right to an extent and just because a certain outcome lines up with a prediction, that doesn’t make the prediction’s basis a rule.

    I personally can’t wait till Kent posts his article he’s working on as I know he will be well informed and thoughtful and carefully straddle the line rather than takes sides and fire at the other side, and I wish more writing would be as open-minded and provoking to profitable conversation as his generally is.

    • Canrock 78

      well said I’m as guilty as anyone for getting my back up.

      kris Russel has risen above since the Gio injury. you think of his dad being a bull fighting clown, talk about unsung heroes, they don’t get the fame or glory their job is to keep the stars safe. Kris leads the league in blocked shots by a mile. I doubt this is a coincidence.
      Hopefully in the draft when the elite talent is gone we can find more guys that are leaders by nature not over scouted prima donnas. It appears this is something feaster and the boys focused on.

  • RedMan

    I didn’t realize this was a stats site – in fact I thought this site was around before the new stats which now make up 90% of all posts, and the 10% that are about something else are still stats-heavy. (note, the 90/10 stats noted above follow the rule that “86% of all stats are made up on the spot”)

    We don’t seem to get anymore player profiles, gameday blogs are ussually so late in the day that they are useless to read, very rare college updates or AHL anything, little prospect info, nothing about coaching or systems comparisions. stats. stats. stats.

    Just stats over and over, saying the same thing – this is a bad team, it’s all luck, regression, ad nauseam. And of course the one particularly polarizing writer goes so far as to say that the fans are idiots and every win is a loss because we should tank for McDavid.

    My problem with the whole regression argument boils down to a couple of things:

    1st – will they regress? to regress is to assume that everything stays the same, and therefore statistically speaking they will regress to the average. everythng DOESN’T stay the same.

    Last year everyone said, “we lost our only real goal scorer – where will the goals come from?” if everything stayed the same, that fear would have been legitimate, but instead everything changed – young players developed and became better, new players brought in, new roles gave new opportunities… wham, everyone is surprised that the Flames are scoring.

    Same with these new stats which are in their infancy – if everything stays the same – they will surely slip back to the mean, time will catch up with them. the only thing is – next year our team will again be different, so next years experience will not be a continuation of this year’s same-old same-old. How can you say, “these guys will regress” when “these guys” are not the same guys or same quality of player as the ones on the ice now?

    Secondly, these new stats are obiously in their infancy – and will grow and develop into something useful. Now, they appear to be about as useful and predictive as +/-, which is in and of itself a very insightful stat when used within the right context, but OMG, what if we analyzed every player, every game, every team, every hockey event based on +/-??? Well, if you can imagine that, then you have a pretty good idea about how I feel about the new stats – useful with the right context and even provides some good insight when used with other information, but useless in isolation as a stand alone explanation for everything happening. and boy would it get tiring if we spent every blog talking about +/-.

    all these new numbers, fenwick, corsi/close etc, have a lot of value in helping to break down what we saw, and put some context to a situation we previously had to rely on the “eye test” for, but with hockey being so random, and with teams changing so often, they need other details if using for predictions.

    It seems the contributors are getting their backs up over all of this, as are some users here, but I put the onus on the FN managers to reel this in – and fix the rift. To continue to tell fans to go somewhere else if they don’t like stats seems quite shortsighted and even arrogant to me, but some of us are in fact looking elsewhere for things like game day write-ups and team/player write-ups and generally anything besides stats and arguments. too bad – this was my major source of Flames fixes for quite sometime, but the last little while i have been forced to look elsewhere if i want anything other then CORSI updates. Can’t even get a game-day writeup here on time anymore.

    I am a FN fan, and will keep coming, but it is becoming a little weird around here with all the conflict and with one particular writer being so adversarial and condescending.

    Have a great weekend all, and Go Flame tonight!! make hay while the sun shines!

    • RedMan

      Actually, even for stats analysis, matchsticks and gasoline’s game stats recaps are so far superior to anything I ever see here, it’s like comparing an NHL to an AHL team. That is definitely my new go-to for game recaps.

      • RedMan

        I’ve just recently started adding matchsticks to my hockey fave review, as well as 80-feet above. both new to me, but like I noted, i am looking around for hockey talk and analysis that includes things with the corsi highlights 🙂

    • RedMan

      I agree with this whole heartedly. I used to really like this site, but that Lambert article on Oilers nation calling Flames fans idiots changed it for me. I’m tired of the old rhetoric. I enjoy Kent Wilson and Book of loob articles, but after that I pretty much avoid.

      Love this team though. I was one that wasn’t a believer the Flames would make the playoffs. Now I not only believe, but think that maybe they could do some damage there if the chips fall in place. This is the best Flames team since 04 and the future looks bright. Had that 04 team kept Sutter behind the bench and out of the press box, who knows what kind of success they would of had through the 00’s. With Hartley and Treliving, Bennett in the minors, a # of good prospects and some budding superstars (Monahan, Guadreau and Brodie) I can easily see the Flames competing for the cup in a few years.

  • RedMan

    What about the impact of the addition of Calgary Flames strength and conditioning coach Ryan van Asten?

    Hartley gives credit to van Asten, who was with the Los Angeles Kings for Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014, and with the Canada women’s team for a gold medal won at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

    The players know they are fit as a a fiddle and have the confidence that they will have the drive in the third period and not wilt like a dried out plant.

    The fact that young players like Monahan were given some big responsibilities when 3 centres went down to injury at the beginning of the year. Hartley constantly shuffled lines to try to maximize the strengths of his players. The current line of Mony, Johnny and Huds haven’t been together all year and are just now flying high!