About Last Night #54: Sharks beat Flames in key divisional tilt

It was the biggest game of the year. Or at least, that's what it was being made out to be. The Calgary Flames entered last night's game against the San Jose Sharks four points up in the Pacific Division and in first place. The Sharks, right behind them. Unfortunately for the Flames, this game was…

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The Flames’ Fantastic Five Pace the League

Enjoying one of their best offensive seasons in franchise history, the Calgary Flames are the only team to boast five 50+ point scorers on their roster. Not even the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning can say that. In fact, there are only 37 players in the entire NHL that have at least 50 points on the…

About Last Night #53: Flames overcome ‘Canes in sentimental victory

The Calgary Flames visited the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday afternoon for a pre-Superbowl matinee showdown. It was the first time Bill Peters, Derek Ryan, Noah Hanifin, and Elias Lindholm were in Carolina since the big trade between the two clubs in the offseason, and they were the stars of the show. The Flames went down early,…

TWC Power Rankings: Week 17

Welcome to Week 17 of the 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 unique TWC Score…

Sunday Census: James Neal, starting hot after the break, and trade deadline rumours

Welcome back to The Sunday Census. Throughout the week, The Win Column will be posing topical and intriguing polls on Twitter (@wincolumnblog) to gauge the fan-base’s stance on pressing issues. Want to make sure your opinion is taken into effect? Vote in the polls, start a debate, and propose alternative suggestions on the polls! https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1091053875094646784…

About Last Night #52: Flames fall flat out of the break, lose to Capitals

The Calgary Flames were finally, finally, back in action last night after an extended nine day break. It was a long hiatus without Flames hockey, especially with the team being on an absolute tear as of recent. The Flames entered Friday night's contest against the Washington Capitals on a nine game point streak, and remained…

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…

How the Flames have fared for January star selections

CALGARY, AB - JANUARY 18: Matthew Tkachuk #19 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)

The Calgary Flames at this point in the season are probably switching their focus towards gunning for the Presidents' Trophy. The Tampa Bay Lightning are within reach and if things line up for the Flames, then there might be good reason to celebrate come April. The Flames only played 11 games in January, given the…

A mid-season visualisation of Calgary Flames goals by scorer and game-state

The Calgary Flames are having some kind of run in 2018-19. Not only are they second in the NHL standings, they're also second in terms of goals for. At 190 goals scored in 51 games played, they're scoring at a prolific rate of 3.73 goals per game. Historically, in any given hockey game, a team…

Juuso Valimaki or Oliver Kylington? That is the question.

As we touched upon it in our Sunday Census this week, the Calgary Flames have an interesting predicament ahead. Juuso Valimaki is close returning to the NHL after missing the past two months due to a high ankle sprain. Currently in the midst of an assignment to Stockton, Valimaki was initially chosen to start the…