Breaking down the contributions from ELC players for each NHL team

A few weeks back, Elliotte Friedman on 31 Thoughts mentioned that with how tight the salary cap is, teams need to make the most of players on their entry-level contracts (ELCs). He specifically pointed to the Florida Panthers as a team that only used three players on ELCs throughout the 2019-20 season. This piqued my … Continue reading Breaking down the contributions from ELC players for each NHL team

Exploring what a Matt Dumba trade could look like for the Flames

The Minnesota Wild have been making headlines for a couple weeks now. In the past week they've made one significant signing, two significant trades, and look to be on the cusp of making a few more deals as well. Yesterday, the Wild traded their number one center, Eric Staal, to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange … Continue reading Exploring what a Matt Dumba trade could look like for the Flames

Why the Flames goaltending decision is more complicated than it looks

Right after the Game Two loss to the Dallas Stars, I wrote a post on why David Rittich should be the Flames' goalie choice in Game Three. Coming off a loss in which Cam Talbot gave up a couple of soft goals not to mention the second half of a back to back, going to … Continue reading Why the Flames goaltending decision is more complicated than it looks

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: First Round

Following up on the goals by game state and scorer data visualisations for teams eliminated in the qualifying round, we now look at the eight teams who had their vie for the Stanley Cup end after the first round. The first round saw some surprise early exits, include the last two Cup champions in the … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: First Round

Who should be Canada’s team in the 2020 NHL playoffs?

It was a year of promise. After the season was almost completely wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL returned to play with 24 teams, giving Canadian teams the best chance to win the Stanley Cup in a long time. While the Cup will definitely be awarded in Canada (Edmonton specifically), it will … Continue reading Who should be Canada’s team in the 2020 NHL playoffs?

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 20: Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his power play goal against the Dallas Stars with teammates during the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference First Round of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 20, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flames Film Room: Why Johnny Gaudreau should stop shooting from bad angles

By his standards, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau struggled for much of 2019-20 regular season as well as the playoffs. Among the very tough decisions the club will have to make this season will be whether or not to continue building around the talented forward who was once considered to be the bedrock of the … Continue reading Flames Film Room: Why Johnny Gaudreau should stop shooting from bad angles

Calgary Flames 5v5 arena-adjusted shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs Shots grouped by playoff series, Calgary distances shown on the positive y-axis, opponent distances shown the the negative y-axis. Shots are labelled as goals, shots, or misses. Chart by Bill Tran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from MoneyPuck.com

Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

The Calgary Flames made it through ten games during the 2020 Playoffs. In those ten games, the team showed glimpses of both greatness and mediocrity. On one hand, the Flames had a stellar goaltending performance courtesy of Cam Talbot, a couple players really stepped up their game, including Andrew Mangiapane, Dillon Dube, and even Milan … Continue reading Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

Mark Giordano was the unluckiest Flame this season

This was an odd season across the NHL, but perhaps none more so than for the Calgary Flames, who struggled with consistency and issues both on and off the ice. Even through the playoffs, the Flames struggled to get their top players going, while their depth players were scoring at a breakneck pace. One player … Continue reading Mark Giordano was the unluckiest Flame this season

Will they stay or will they go? A look at the Calgary Flames’ expiring contracts

Unlike the last few seasons, none of the Calgary Flames' top four or five skaters are up for major contracts. However, the team will have to retool their defense going into next season, and will have to make some key decisions regarding their depth. Let's take a look at who will be looking for a … Continue reading Will they stay or will they go? A look at the Calgary Flames’ expiring contracts