Flames Visual Recap 23: Finishing on a low, Flames end road trip 2-3-1

The Calgary Flames entered the game having a shot at a winning record on their season-long six game road trip. Heading into the trip, the Flames faltered against the Edmonton Oilers, but bounced back to capture three of a possible four points against the Toronto Maple Leafs. At the halfway mark, it seemed certain that … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 23: Finishing on a low, Flames end road trip 2-3-1

OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 27: A general view of a face-off between the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames at Canadian Tire Centre on February 27, 2021 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flames Sunday Census: Areas of concern for the Calgary Flames

The Flames came into the season looking poised to make a splash in the North Division. Brad Treliving's offseason retooling of the roster was highlighted with the arrival of Jacob Markstrom. The division's structure gave the Flames one of their best opportunities in years to "be in control of their own destiny." Yet, as the … Continue reading Flames Sunday Census: Areas of concern for the Calgary Flames

Flames Visual Recap 22: Calgary plays a complete game, find offence from familiar lines

The Calgary Flames matched up against the Ottawa Senators in the early hours of Saturday. After the outcome from their first game against the Senators, the Flames knew they had to make some major adjustments. Changes in personnel were out of the question, but were still in need of some form of shake up. Tweaking … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 22: Calgary plays a complete game, find offence from familiar lines

Visualising how NHL players have performed in expected goals versus goals

In hockey, expected goals (xG) are an advanced counting metric that uses past information of previous shots taken and gives context to derive shot quality of new shots. Using various inputs from previous shots such as shot location, events leading up to a shot, and league shooting averages spanning many seasons, every new shot taken … Continue reading Visualising how NHL players have performed in expected goals versus goals

Flames Visual Recap 21: Calgary served painful setback to Ottawa in series opener

The Calgary Flames were the last North Division team to face off against the Ottawa Senators. While other teams have more or less enjoyed feasting on a weaker team (aside from the Montreal Canadiens), the Flames entered the series in essentially must-win situations as the points left on the board are already far too valuable … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 21: Calgary served painful setback to Ottawa in series opener

Flames Visual Recap 20: Despite pulling ahead late in the game, Flames drop to the Leafs in overtime

In the Calgary Flames' second game against the Toronto Maple Leafs during this road trip, the same goaltenders were slotted to play. It'd be David Rittich facing off against Michael Hutchinson for the second time in a row. Neither Jacob Markstrom nor Frederik Andersen would dress, as both remained on the sidelines. The Flames actually … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 20: Despite pulling ahead late in the game, Flames drop to the Leafs in overtime

Flames Visual Recap 19: Rittich gets first win and shutout of the season, Flames crunch Leafs on the road

Off to the East the Calgary Flames went, continuing their season-long six-game road trip. After an embarrassing outcome against the Edmonton Oilers, the Flames faced the daunting task of facing the best team in the league in the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before the game started, it was announced that both Jacob Markstrom and Frederik Andersen … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 19: Rittich gets first win and shutout of the season, Flames crunch Leafs on the road

CALGARY, AB - FEBRUARY 19: David Rittich #33 of the Calgary Flames could no stop the shot of Jesse Puljujarvi #13 (not pictured) of the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on February 19, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Flames Sunday Census: What Calgary needs to do to immediately improve

The Calgary Flames made a handful of offseason moves that were supposed to elevate the team into a different level of Stanley Cup contention. In a weak North Division, the Flames were given an opportunity to show what they could. Apparently, playing mediocre hockey is what they had to show the North. There is an … Continue reading Flames Sunday Census: What Calgary needs to do to immediately improve

Flames Visual Recap 18: Calgary gives up seven goals against in lopsided tilt versus Oilers

The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers got right back at it in the Rogers Arena after playing in Calgary the night before. The Flames were hoping to get vengeance on the road after losing on home ice. That did not happen. Jacob Markstrom and Mikko Koskinen were the starters, the former was leaky while the … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 18: Calgary gives up seven goals against in lopsided tilt versus Oilers

Flames Visual Recap 17: Rittich puts together solid game against Oilers, gets no support on offence

The second iteration of this season's Battle of Alberta featured David Rittich playing in his first start since February 2, eight games ago. On the other end of the ice stood Mike Smith, making for two fresh goalies playing in the provincial battle. The Flames would be without Sean Monahan for the game, as it … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 17: Rittich puts together solid game against Oilers, gets no support on offence