Flames Visual Recap 5: Calgary drops second straight game versus Toronto, Gaudreau picks up two goals

The Calgary Flames opened the first period up with truly uneventful hockey, and so too did the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, Toronto headed into the first intermission up two goals, one from Wayne Simmonds, the second from Auston Matthews on the power play. Early in the second, Johnny Gaudreau scored to pull the Flames within … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 5: Calgary drops second straight game versus Toronto, Gaudreau picks up two goals

Breaking down the pros and cons of moving the Stockton Heat to Calgary

It was reported yesterday by Scott Linesburgh of RecordNet that the Stockton Heat would play their season in Calgary. While the team has yet to officially go on record with this announcement, Linesburgh spoke with city and county officials who were informed that the Flames would not be playing in the city. This is enormous … Continue reading Breaking down the pros and cons of moving the Stockton Heat to Calgary

Introducing TWC’s Player Offensive Evaluation Tool 2.0

Evaluating pure NHL hockey talent comes in many forms and is a forever evolving field of work for teams and analysts alike. Here at TWC, we've worked on making a model for comparing the 5v5 offensive contributions of all NHL players. Introduction Heading into the new season, the TWC Player Offensive Evaluation Tool (POET) got … Continue reading Introducing TWC’s Player Offensive Evaluation Tool 2.0

TWC Power Rankings 2021: Week 2

Welcome back to the new and improved 2021 TWC Power Rankings! Here at TWC, we use a statistical model to effectively rank teams on a week to week basis. The model takes into effect winning percentages, CF%, SCF%, HDCF% as well as SV%. Each statistical category is weighed and scored differently, giving each team a … Continue reading TWC Power Rankings 2021: Week 2

Flames Visual Recap 4: Flames handed their first regulation loss thanks to unlucky bounces

The Calgary Flames returned to action against the Toronto Maple Leafs after nearly a week off from game play. Things started on the wrong foot as they trailed early in the first after a Leafs goal from Jake Muzzin. In the second, Calgary tied it up with a goal from Sean Monahan. However, nearing the … Continue reading Flames Visual Recap 4: Flames handed their first regulation loss thanks to unlucky bounces

Calgary Flames versus Toronto Maple Leafs season preview: Goaltending will be key for the Flames

Tonight the Calgary Flames take on the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time in 2021 for the first of nine meetings between the two teams this season. With many analysts expecting the Leafs to win the North division, it will be an extra challenging series for the Flames, and very important given the nature … Continue reading Calgary Flames versus Toronto Maple Leafs season preview: Goaltending will be key for the Flames

CALGARY, ALBERTA - JANUARY 18: Mikael Backlund #11 and teammates of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 18, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flames Sunday Census: Optimising the Calgary Flames’ second power play unit

The Calgary Flames got off to a good start to their season and immediately had a long break in the schedule. It gives them time to tinker with things that are working and things that are not. To be fair, with such a small sample of games it's hard to say which team trends will … Continue reading Flames Sunday Census: Optimising the Calgary Flames’ second power play unit

CALGARY, ALBERTA - JANUARY 18: Nikita Nesterov #89 of the Calgary Flames skates against Tanner Pearson #70 of the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 18, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Friday Flames Notebook: Improved systems with the power play, top-six units, and active defensemen

The new season is upon us, and I am super excited to debut a new project this year. Friday Flames Notebook will be a weekly column that will come out at the end of every week, and will feature a number of my observations from throughout the week. The subject matter will vary, from analytics … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: Improved systems with the power play, top-six units, and active defensemen

The Calgary Flames are seeing early positive results from their new forward lines

Three games in and the Calgary Flames have yet to lose a game in regulation. For a team that has struggled out the gate for the last number of seasons, this is a huge step forward. While they made a number of personnel changes going into the season, the real change was the re-designing of … Continue reading The Calgary Flames are seeing early positive results from their new forward lines

Brett Ritchie skates in a training camp intra squad game for the Calgary Flames

Brett Ritchie could be a useful signing for the Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames brought in a few players on professional try-outs during training camp. Perennial Flame Michael Stone was brought back yet again on the back end, while Garret Sparks was brought in to round out the Flames' groups in goal to cover for Tyler Parsons who is recovering from ankle surgery. On forward, just … Continue reading Brett Ritchie could be a useful signing for the Calgary Flames