Referee Bias Evident: Flames 3 – Flyers 1 #widemaneffect

Referee Bias Evident: Flames 3 – Flyers 1 #widemaneffect

After putting up one of the worst efforts of the entire season Monday against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Calgary Flames had a chance to right the ship tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. Three thoughts from tonight’s game. 1) Everyone is talking about how the Calgary Flames on Another one targets for NHL officials. It’s not something that can be hidden anymore. All the sportscasters and journalists joke about it without referencing it directly. It may be unsaid but it can’t…

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Road Swing Wins

Road Swing Wins

The Flames take their mandatory 5 day break that will let other teams pick up some games in hand. We’ll see where the Flames sit come Monday when they face the Coyotes again. The recent trip to the Metro Division was an opportunity to play some consistent hockey, or get blown out of the water. Overall, the team put up some points, surprising everybody. Two points versus Pittsburgh, a good team, was deserved. But there are still some questions, or…

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Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics – Agree or Disagree?

Brian Burke on Hockey Analytics – Agree or Disagree?

I found this clip interesting. Part of my agrees, analytics is the poster child of arm chair enthusiasts and anybody who took a stats class in college. It’s a tool in the toolbox. But part of my disagrees simply because, ironically, the stats on scouting shows that finding bonafide picks is a bit of a crapshoot. Take for instance Detroit and their run over the past 10-15 years of quality, late round picks. How did that happen? Did Detroit just…

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Flames 5 – Wild 1

Flames 5 – Wild 1

For some reason the Calgary Flames can beat the Minnesota Wild. They aren’t particularly good against teams with a better record, but the Wild, they swept the season series. Here’s the post-game. Coming off the All-Star break the Flames have a light schedule for the first half of February. They’ll have to win the few games they have, and watch the standings as teams like LA and St Louis pick up steam and games in hand. Tonight the Flames from…

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Much Needed Win: Calgary 3 – Ottawa 2 (OT)

Much Needed Win: Calgary 3 – Ottawa 2 (OT)

The Flames are back in the win column but that doesn’t mean they’ve solved their problems, which are significant, particularly on 5v5 play. The inability to generate offence 5v5 is killing the team. It’s only tonight that the lines finally got a major shakeup, save for the defence, where Dennis Wideman continues to play a regular shift. Why he was on the ice with one minute left is anybody but the coach’s guess. Keys to the victory: great forecheck, good…

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Flames Bashed in Battle of Alberta Sweep

Flames Bashed in Battle of Alberta Sweep

Calgary 3 – Edmonton 7 For the first time since the 80s, the Edmonton Oilers swept the season series of the Battle of Alberta. In perhaps the most important game of the season, the Flames put up their worst effort of the season. We know Edmonton is an improved team, ten years of draft wins will do that, what we didn’t know was how BAD the Flames are and how many missing pieces they have, some of which could be…

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Back on Track With Win Over Florida

Back on Track With Win Over Florida

Flames 7 5 – Panthers 2 The first period looked a little shaky. Florida seem to control most of the play and got on board first. in fact, both goals by Trochek were spitting images of each other going top glove side on Chad Johnson. Calgary has had significant problems generating offence even strength, relying too heavily on their power-play unit. That didn’t seem to be changing through one period; the only lineup change was on the fourth with Hathaway…

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Worst Effort of the Season: Flames 1 – Devils 2

Worst Effort of the Season: Flames 1 – Devils 2

No wonder the ‘Dome is 1/3 empty for home games, pathetic efforts like tonight. The Flames have been relying on stalwart goaltending and their third line to get wins (special teams have been special as of late too). But that’s it. After that, the system and coaching decisions are killing the team. When they play teams struggling to enter the playoff picture they crap the bed. Zero effort, hardly any offensive zone production. This team will be hammered tomorrow against…

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Flames 3 – SJ 2 and how we notice officiating every single game

Flames 3 – SJ 2 and how we notice officiating every single game

That was a hard fought game and mostly fun to watch. Back and forth where at times when you wondered if the Flames could hold back the relentless SJ forecheck. Give the first star to Chad Johnson, who repeatedly bailed the team out, twice on breakaways, one with seconds left in the game. Defensively the team is giving up chances like it’s October, offensively CHiasson continues to rack up more minutes. Yes, there are still huge problems for this team,…

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Calgary Flames 4 – Colorado Avalanche 1

Calgary Flames 4 – Colorado Avalanche 1

The Avs aren’t very good, and Calgary’s special teams are. Put those two together and it’s an easy two points for the good guys. Here are a few highlights from tonight’s game. Shut out for Brian Elliott, oh just kidding, Colorado scores with 1.30 left in the game. Kris Versteeg seems to enjoy hitting players with the puck, ringing one off an Avs player late in the third. He was the one who shot the puck of the end of…

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