The Numbers From Game 4

The Calgary Flames lost last night, dropping a crucial 4-2 decision at home to the Anaheim Ducks.

The numbers can provide a bit of insight into what, exactly, went wrong.

  • In terms of even-strength Corsi, the Flames best players were Joe Colborne and Mikael Backlund, both at +6. Sam Bennett was added to their line late when the bench got shortened in the third period, and he ended up as +2. David Schlemko was +7, as well, but in more limited duty on the third pairing.
  • In the Corsi basement? Matt Stajan, David Jones and Brandon Bollig were all -4. When you consider that Stajan and Jones were used on the “tough minutes” line against Getzlaf and Perry, it begins to make sense why the ice tilted the way it did during the game. Worse among blueliners? T.J. Brodie (-4) and Deryk Engelland (-6), and when you consider that they, too, were the tough minutes guys, there you go.
  • Faceoffs were something the Flames did better than expected in, especially when you consider that Sam Bennett was playing his first functional game as a National Hockey League center. Granted, he took fewer draws than the other centers and then got switched to the left side of Mikael Backlund late in the game, but he won 60% of his draws – mostly against Rickard Rakell and Nate Thompson.
  • Sean Monahan won 56% of his draws, including going 75% against Ryan Getzlaf and 67% against Ryan Kesler. For a guy that’s struggled for most of the playoffs, it’s a great performance. (His Corsi differential was +1, so face-offs definitely helped his line.) Mikael Backlund was 52% on his draws, including 60% against Getzlaf and 46% against Kesler. Matt Stajan struggled, going 44% overall. He went 50% against Getzlaf and 38% against Kesler.
  • In terms of situations and set-ups, the Flames seemed to do their best to make life tough for the Ducks’ top two lines. At even-strength, they played well enough to beat the Ducks. It was, ultimately, their special teams that sunk them.
  • Hacker

    At the game last night Ryan & I agree, Sam looked ok at Centre, which is pretty exciting when you think that kid is only 18 years old. My Lord, Monahan 20 & Bennett 18, our centre future looks real good & something to build a top 6 around. What a difference having Ferland & Bouma in last night. Ferland looked like his old Vancouver bashing self in that 1st period & saw him give Getlaff a lick when he was going off for a line change just to let him know he was playing last night. The blue line sure missed Gio last night. I think this series would be 2-2 if we had him back. Gotta feel for poor Gio, i can’t imagine how badly he wanted to be out there last night. That was a winnable game. How I hope we get a game 6 back in Calgary, keeping expectations awful low unfortunately.

  • SmellOfVictory

    I am sick and tired of listening to all these fans thinking that they know hockey. Until you actually look at this team as someone who knows hockey and not as a fan nothing will get done. The flames have been out played and out muscled in every game. Your top line only got things done on a five on three and on a delayed penalty in over time. No depth, no discipline and to many mistakes. This is what happens when you put boys up against men. Get over yourselves and speak the truth.

    • Burnward

      But how do you REALLY feel,Bobby? You,who KNOWS hockey…were we supposed to concede our playoff spot and say “Sorry…we’re not going to play round 1 because we are have no depth, no discipline and make to many mistakes and most of our players are boys against men..we are just going to speak the truth and get over ourselves.I mean why bother playing it out?”

      Speak the truth now Bobby,we are all dieing to know how you feel.

  • SmellOfVictory

    I was at the game and it seemed to me that Monahan lost every draw, especially in the 3rd. I remember 4 in a row in the offensive end where he lost the draw. Not sure where his 56 percent comes from.

  • Hacker

    Colbourne has some nice tools but he is missing the most important on – a brain.

    Felt bad for Johnny on the give away, my guess he’ll learn from that one.

    Great effort all around. Thought it was winnable. Too bad. Interested to see if they have anything left Sunday.

    I haven’t read much today but curious if anyone agrees that Perry gets away with bloody murder? It makes me want to puke how he roles over Ramo and then puts his hands up in the air as if it was accidental. Are the refs that stupid? It’s been going on for years and unfortunately the Flames have nothing they can do about it.