About Last Night #74: Flames dominate at home against the Senators

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 21: Andrew Mangiapane #88, TJ Brodie #7 and teammates of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game on March 21, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames welcomed the Ottawa Senators for the second instalment of the Battle of the Tkachuks. On a night where little brother Brady Tkachuk was oft seen frustrated, big brother Matthew Tkachuk got the last laugh with a goal and an assist, and more importantly, the win. The Senators opened up the scoring on…

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About Last Night #73: Flames extend conference lead with win over Blue Jackets

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 19: Andrew Mangiapane #88 of the Calgary Flames scores against Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL game on March 19, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames were back in the Saddledome after a quick trip to Winnipeg. They looked to capture a valuable two points over San Jose as their closest competition are in a slump. The Columbus Blue Jackets were in town hoping to get revenge on the Flames' 9-6 routing the last time the two teams…

About Last Night #72: Flames miss out on clinching with a loss against the Jets

WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 16: Mark Scheifele #55 and Kyle Connor #81 of the Winnipeg Jets stand between goaltender Mike Smith #41 and Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames as they keep an eye on the play during first period action at the Bell MTS Place on March 16, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames faced the Winnipeg Jets for the third and final time this (regular) season, looking to sweep the season series against their Western division-leading counterparts. Given that the Flames were tacked with travel and a second game of a back-to-back, coupled with Sean Monahan being out of the lineup due to illness, expectations…

Visualising team scoring across the NHL after the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the first team in the NHL to clinch a berth in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their journey so far, they have put together one of the most impressive seasons of recent memory. They clinched with 106 standing points, a whopping 15 points ahead of the second place Boston…

How the Flames have fared for February star selections

CALGARY, AB - JANUARY 18: Johnny Gaudreau #13 and teammates of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game on January 18, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Resuming hockey after the all-star break this season brought back shades of the last, bringing back haunting memories where things seemed to slip for the 2017-18 Calgary Flames. Despite a questionable start to February, the 2018-19 Flames shook off their demons and got back on track. They finished the month still first in the Western…

Visualising Mark Giordano’s elite scoring as a 35 year old

In the Calgary Flames' game against the New Jersey Devils, Mark Giordano did something very few other NHL players have ever done. He became the fourth ever defenceman to score 60 or more points while being 35 years old or older. https://twitter.com/Fan960Steinberg/status/1100930630341189632 To say that Giordano is enjoying his best season ever really complements the…

About Last Night #58: Flames hold off late Penguins push, snap losing streak

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 16: Andrew Mangiapane #88 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on February 16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames looked to wrap up their four-game road trip on a high note during Saturday's matinee game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Going 0-1-2 so far on the trip, ending with a win would give the Flames much needed relief heading back to Calgary. It was a high scoring tilt between two of the…

Entry into the Triple Gold Club is reserved for a lucky few

Getting into the Triple Gold Club in hockey is a coveted achievement, marking the occasion when a hockey player earns all three of an Olympic gold medal, World Championship gold medal, and of course, the Stanley Cup. Earlier this week, Nathan Yau of FlowingData released a data visualisation of EGOT winners, marking the year that…

About Last Night #56: Flames fall in rematch against the Lightning

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 12: Brayden Point #21 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates a goal during a game against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena on February 12, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The highly anticipated rematch between two of the league's top teams had many folks excited to see some Grade-A hockey. The Calgary Flames were looking to break out of mini-slump and show the Lightning that they've got some competition. The game started off with fast action going both ways. Active sticks caused turnovers on both…

Visualising team scoring across the NHL

A circular barplot data visualisation depicting team scoring in the NHL during the 2018-19 season up to the NHL All-Star Game.

At the time of the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, the playoff picture in the league had become fairly clear. The race to the Presidents' Trophy looked to be a two-team ordeal between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames. The Western Conference wild card race was bottle-necking, while there were a few surprise teams…