The Calgary Flames have completed 35 games of their 56 game 2020-21 regular season schedule. They’re 5/8s through through their schedule, and it appears that they’re taking on quite a bit of water.
Underlying numbers via Natural Stat Trick.

Game by game

(Percentage stats in this table are 5v5.)
Date
Opponent
Result
CF%
SC%
HDSC%
xGF%
PP
PK
Mar. 15
Oilers (vs)
4-3 W
50.0
50.0
55.6
49.6
0-for-3
1-for-1
Mar. 17
Oilers (vs)
7-3 L
59.0
61.4
60.0
56.1
1-for-3
1-for-4
Mar. 19
Maple Leafs (@)
4-3 W
35.0
23.7
26.7
31.5
1-for-3
3-for-3
Mar. 20
Maple Leafs (@)
2-0 L
45.4
39.1
33.3
40.4
0-for-3
4-for-4
Mar. 22
Senators (@)
2-1 L
59.8
51.4
42.9
54.1
0-for-1
2-for-2
Mar. 24
Senators (@)
3-1 L
56.0
52.8
42.9
49.2
0-for-3
3-for-3
Mar. 26
Jets (vs)
3-2 L
53.9
42.9
35.7
34.4
1-for-4
4-for-6
This 7
2-5-0
51.5
46.1
43.2
45.8
3/20
18/23
Last 7
4-2-1
53.1
54.0
57.0
55.8
5/25
17/21
Based on their underlyings, the Flames would’ve been expected to win twice in the past seven games. They won twice. And their underlying performances basically eroded across the board, with a pretty hefty drop in expected goals and high danger scoring chances.
In other words: the Flames got what they deserved.

Team stats

Here’s how the Flames compare within the (Scotia NHL) North Division through 35 games:
  • Their goals for per game is 2.57, down from 2.68. They’re sixth in the division.
  • Their goals against per game is 2.97, down from 2.89. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their goal differential is -14, down from -6. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their power play is at 19.8%, down from 20.8%. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their penalty kill is at 80.2%, down from 80.7%. They’re first in the division.
  • They’ve taken 8.5 penalty minutes per game, down from 8.6. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their 5v5 xGF/60 is 2.18, down from 2.27. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their 5v5 xGF/60 is 2.07, up from 2.04. They’re second in the division.
  • Their 5v5 xGF is 51.3%, down from 52.6% They’re fourth in the division.
  • Their 5v5 shooting percentage is 7.75%, down from 7.91%. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their 5v5 save percentage is 91.83%, down from 92.47%. They’re fifth in the division.
  • Their PDO is 0.996, down from 1.004. They’re fifth in the division.
In the previous segment, the Flames made some improvements almost across the board.
In this segment, it went almost universally in the other direction: the Flames got worse at almost everything. They’re below the median in their division at everything except their PK and their xGA/60… which is to say, they defend well. Everything else is clunky as heck.
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Player stats

First, the forwards (all situations, ordered by ice time). Last segment’s values in brackets.
Game scores: Positive values indicate positive impact, negative values reflect negative impact.
Player
TOI
G
P
P/60
SH%
xGF%
GF%
OZF%
Game score
Lindholm
126:19
(137:03)
2
(1)
5
(6)
2.4
(2.6)
11.8
(14.3)
43.6
(48.9)
43.8
(55.6)
54.1
(56.7)
0.691
(0.946)
Backlund
126:07
(132:31)
1
(2)
5
(5)
2.4
(2.3)
5.0
(8.7)
38.1
(57.5)
37.5
(50.0)
52.8
(50.6)
0.164
(1.054)
Monahan
123:45
(125:58)
0
(4)
1
(6)
0.5
(2.9)
0.0
(18.2)
46.3
(61.5)
37.5
(70.0)
68.9
(66.4)
-0.160
(1.030)
Gaudreau
119:25
(132:46)
2
(2)
2
(5)
1.0
(2.3)
14.3
(18.2)
49.3
(67.1)
44.4
(72.7)
71.9
(69.5)
-0.154
(1.084)
Lucic
112:07
(101:37)
1
(1)
4
(2)
2.1
(1.2)
9.1
(8.3)
46.9
(52.7)
53.9
(42.9)
71.4
(49.2)
0.367
(0.183)
Mangiapane
111:31
(123:34)
1
(1)
3
(4)
1.6
(1.9)
20.0
(8.3)
48.2
(58.4)
46.2
(53.9)
69.8
(52.4)
0.144
(0.920)
Tkachuk
111:00
(124:52)
2
(1)
4
(8)
2.2
(3.8)
18.2
(6.3)
61.3
(58.4)
63.6
(70.6)
68.8
(74.7)
0.941
(1.370)
Bennett
101:24
(62:36)
0
(0)
0
(2)
0.0
(1.9)
0.0
(0.0)
42.1
(63.1)
0.0
(33.3)
67.2
(55.0)
-0.353
(0.388)
Dube
87:24
(100:34)
1
(3)
4
(5)
2.8
(3.0)
20.0
(15.8)
50.3
(52.5)
85.7
(66.7)
64.7
(52.4)
0.791
(0.921)
Ryan
80:12
(63:40)
1
(1)
1
(4)
0.8
(3.8)
9.1
(16.7)
34.7
(65.2)
20.0
(80.0)
64.3
(46.2)
0.286
(1.808)
Leivo
61:34
(57:16)
0
(3)
0
(3)
0.0
(3.2)
0.0
(37.5)
48.7
(68.4)
0.0
(57.1)
72.4
(66.7)
-0.060
(0.978)
Ritchie
55:13
(49:27)
0
(1)
0
(3)
0.0
(3.6)
0.0
(16.7)
36.2
(62.3)
0.0
(75.0)
36.4
(53.6)
-0.663
(0.714)
Rinaldo
19:03
(2:13)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
55.8
(39.7)
n/a
(0.0)
83.3
(n/a)
0.125
(-0.570)
Nordstrom
11:01
(43:18)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
13.3
(39.9)
n/a
(40.0)
55.6
(28.0)
0.070
(-0.673)
Gawdin

(5:10)

(0)

(0)

(0.0)

(0.0)

(13.7)

(n/a)

(60.0)

(-0.060)
Robinson

(5:31)

(0)

(0)

(0.0)

(0.0)

(12.7)

(n/a)

(60.0)

(-0.040)
Simon

(5:37)

(0)

(0)

(0.0)

(0.0)

(59.2)

(n/a)

(100)

(0.150)
The five most common Flames forward lines were (in descending order):
  • Lucic – Backlund – Mangiapane
  • Tkachuk – Lindholm – Dube
  • Gaudreau – Monahan – Ritchie
  • Bennett – Ryan – Leivo
  • Gaudreau – Monahan – Bennett
Compared to last segment, we saw a lot more usage of Bennett, Lucic, Ryan and Rinaldo, and a fair bit less of Lindholm, Gaudreau, Mangiapane, Tkachuk, Dube and Nordstrom.
From an xGF% perspective, Tkachuk was a little better, Dube was about the same, and basically every other regular forward was noticeably worse. From a game score perspective, Lucic was better and basically every other regular forward was noticeably worse.
Now, the defence (all situations, ordered by ice time):
Player
TOI
G
P
P/60
SH%
xGF%
GF%
OZF%
Game score
Tanev
161:52
(156:37)
1
(0)
1
(0)
0.4
(0.0)
11.1
(0.0)
36.5
(53.8)
30.0
(50.0)
45.2
(37.2)
0.561
(1.350)
Giordano
161:31
(158:25)
2
(1)
2
(3)
0.8
(1.4)
10.5
(5.3)
32.4
(48.3)
26.7
(50.0)
50.4
(45.9)
-0.297
(0.479)
Hanifin
153:45
(138:19)
1
(2)
5
(2)
2.0
(0.9)
6.3
(13.3)
55.0
(60.7)
46.2
(66.7)
69.1
(47.3)
0.379
(1.421)
Andersson
142:55
(153:25)
0
(0)
2
(2)
0.8
(0.8)
0.0
(0.0)
37.2
(49.9)
36.8
(56.3)
61.4
(65.9)
-1.037
(0.213)
Valimaki
101:16
(102:09)
0
(1)
0
(1)
0.0
(0.6)
0.0
(12.5)
43.7
(53.1)
50.0
(42.9)
75.0
(63.5)
0.091
(0.530)
Nesterov
77:01
(65:37)
0
(0)
2
(1)
1.6
(0.9)
0.0
(0.0)
42.5
(55.1)
50.0
(50.0)
64.3
(56.7)
0.298
(0.258)
Kylington
26:33
(31:15)
0
(0)
1
(0)
2.3
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
40.9
(63.0)
50.0
(50.0)
83.3
(88.9)
-0.055
(0.670)
The three most common defensive pairings were (in descending order):
  • Hanifin & Tanev
  • Giordano & Andersson
  • Nesterov & Valimaki
These haven’t changed all season.
From an xGF% perspective, everybody was worse across the board. From a game score perspective, Nesterov was a little bit better but everyone else was worse across the board.
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And finally, goalies (all situations):
Player
TOI
SV%
ldSV%
mdSV%
hdSV%
Game score
Markstrom
351:00
(243:06)
.887
(.918)
1.000
(.974)
.846
(.897)
.776
(.826)
-0.763
(-0.233)
Rittich
56:34
(179:39)
.939
(.901)
.889
(.975)
.917
(.767)
1.000
(.905)
0.780
(-0.870)
Rittich played once and was good. Markstrom played six games and struggled, though his numbers are partially a product of the guys in front of him. But he didn’t steal any games this segment, and the team really, really needed someone to steal them a game. Or two. Or three.
In summation: the Flames struggled this segment both as a collective whole, and as a collection of individual performers.