Re-evaluating first round series using different playoff seeding formats

The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially start today, which frankly has been a long time coming. The three full days between the end of the regular season and first playoff game are always unbearably long, especially after the series match-ups have been determined. With some final tweaking on Saturday, the eight first round series were…

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Everything you need to know about the Colorado Avalanche

It took until the last day of the season for it to be official, but the Calgary Flames will open the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs with a first round matchup against the Colorado Avalanche. As Game 1 approaches on Thursday night at the Saddledome, here is everything you need to know about the Avalanche this…

TWC Power Rankings: Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 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…

About Last Night #82: Flames fall to Oilers in regular season finale

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 6: Mark Jankowski #77 of the Calgary Flames is knocked down by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game on April 6, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

Just like that, 82 regular season games have come and gone. The Calgary Flames were in action against their provincial rivals last night for their final tune-up before the playoffs. Although the game had appeared to have little meaning for both teams, that actually wasn't the case. Playing for some final bragging rights, Johnny Gaudreau's…

Sunday Census: Best regular season performance, the 6th defenseman, and the optimal third line

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/1114543814058827776…

Flames’ solid defensive corps optimal for the playoffs

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 19: Matthew Tkachuk #19, Noah Hanifin #55 and teammates of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against 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 Stanley Cup Playoffs are just around the corner, and the Calgary Flames are adding the finishing touches to their lineup. Between resting some players and doing everything they can to get Johnny Gaudreau to the elusive 100 point mark, the Flames close out the season with luxuries they wouldn't have afforded had they not…

About Last Night #81: Flames fall against the Ducks, Gaudreau inches closer to 100 points

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 3: David Rittich #33 of the Calgary Flames makes the save with help from Juuso Valimaki #8 and Alan Quine #89 during the game against the Anaheim Ducks on April 3, 2019 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images)

While they anxiously await confirmation over their first round opponent, the Calgary Flames have two more games in the regular season to polish off before the chase begins. Having just defeated the Anaheim Ducks last week in convincing fashion, the Flames were looking to make it back-to-back wins against their Pacific division rivals. The Flames…

About Last Night #80: Flames destroy Kings, earn 50th win

The Calgary Flames, fresh off a big win against the San Jose Sharks that secured them top seed in the West, took on the LA Kings last night. The Flames rested several key players in this contest, including Mark Giordano, Mikael Backlund, and Matthew Tkachuk. Long story short, the Flames made quick work of the…

About Last Night #79: Flames crush Sharks, clinch the Pacific Division and Western Conference

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 31: Michael Frolik #67 and Rasmus Andersson #4 of the Calgary Flames celebrate scoring a goal at SAP Center on March 31, 2019 in San Jose, California (Photo by Brandon Magnus/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames had to embrace their inner BTO and take care of business themselves against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. After the Sharks came back to win against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night, the Flames needed a victory in any matter to clinch both the Pacific Division and Western Conference.…

TWC Power Rankings: Week 25

Welcome to Week 25 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…