Special Teams Science: Zone Entries Against at 4v5

A couple weeks back we took a very brief and high-level look at how the Calgary Flames approached entering the zone on the man advantage. There was no surprise at the time that, well, they were hot and cold. After all, that’s been the calling card of the Flames’ special teams for over a year…


Are the Flames struggling setting up on the power play?

On Saturday morning I touched on how the Calgary Flames have been entering the zone at 5v4, employing some variety of zone entry approaches to try and gain the zone. It should come as no surprise that despite generating entries, despite being given ample opportunities early on, and despite their actual roster talent they’ve already…


Half-season review: The Flames’ penalty kill (Part 2)

After yesterday’s foray into the neutral zone, with an emphasis on forechecking formations and zone entry tracking, we’re going to venture into the maws of hell: the defensive zone. For the Calgary Flames this year their rather quick demise and resurgence has seen more attention focused on their neutral zone woes rather than in their…


Half-season review: The Flames’ penalty kill (Part 1)

So we’ve finally crossed the halfway mark of the season and after much turmoil the Calgary Flames’ penalty kill appears to be trending back from the dead. Despite their early season success there were underlying signs that the whole thing was destined for an implosion (which happened, as predicted).


Flames sign Marek Hrivik

It’s been a relatively quiet day for the Calgary Flames relative to the draft or the blockbuster involving Tom McCollum heading to the Detroit Red Wings, but the Flames made a minor move to shore up some depth in signing Marek Hrivik.


Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day

There’s an obvious and often too easy approach to writing about you dad – on Father’s Day – and drawing a correlation between the relationship and sports. That’s not to say my mother and mothers everywhere haven’t had a major impact on sports in our lives. In particular my mom’s love of basketball and volleyball…


FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett, by many respects, has all the necessary inputs to be an NHL forward who provides an impact. Whether he truly reaches the expectations and ceiling perceived when he was drafted in 2014 is still up in the air given this past season’s struggles. That said, with those prerequisites, fans shouldn’t give up just…


FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Michael Frolik

When the Calgary Flames signed Michael Frolik two summers ago, fans had reason to be excited for what Frolik could bring. Not only was he a proven winner with a Stanley Cup ring from his time with Chicago, but he brought with him a skill set the Flames desperately needed. Frolik is by many standards…


FlamesNation Player Evaluation: Garnet Hathaway

If you asked fans who Garnet Hathaway was a year ago you’d probably have a lot of folks scratching their heads. Undrafted out of college, Hathaway in a lot of traditional respects embodies the Hockey Dream™. It’s also why fans seemingly have fallen in love with him because he’s the style of player that bodes…


FlamesNation Mailbag: May 29, 2017

We’re only weeks away from the expansion draft and just under a month away from the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Calgary is easily one of many teams with significant question marks in terms of what they do at the draft, decisions which may be significantly impacted by who is claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights….


The Flames should be calling about Nino Niederreiter

Yesterday in Elliotte Friedman’s weekly 30 thoughts column, Minnesota Wild winger Nino Niederreiter’s name came up in regards to chatter in trade circles. There’s no denying the Calgary Flames should be actively shopping for talent to fill out the top six. With the revolving door of right wingers that appeared alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau…