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

Breaking down the Calgary Flames’ final intrasquad scrimmage

For the first time in months, we had live Calgary Flames hockey on Monday night. While it was simply an exhibition game, and it was intrasquad, it sure was great to see the team back on the ice. Kudos to the Flames organization for televising the game, and for the crew on the broadcast doing … Continue reading Breaking down the Calgary Flames’ final intrasquad scrimmage

New-look lines at Calgary Flames training camp could indicate opening night combinations

Normally, training camp line combinations shouldn't be taken too seriously, especially in the first few days of camp. However, with this year's camp being just 10 days long, what we see on the ice matters a lot more. Head Coach Geoff Ward has stayed true to his word and looks to be testing out new … Continue reading New-look lines at Calgary Flames training camp could indicate opening night combinations

2021 Calgary Flames milestone tracker

Although it is a shortened season, there are a number of Flames who will be looking to break some significant career milestones this season. Some are looking for individual milestones of games played, goals, or assists, while others are looking to move up the Flames' all time record chart. Individual milestones Games played Still young … Continue reading 2021 Calgary Flames milestone tracker

Creating the Calgary Flames’ New Years resolutions

2020 was not a good year for most things. Between a global pandemic, numerous lockdowns, economic uncertainty, and so much more, there were fewer moments of joy for most than there were in previous years. For the Flames, a similar story emerged. A marginal season ended prematurely, and while they won their first round series … Continue reading Creating the Calgary Flames’ New Years resolutions

If Santa and his reindeer were Calgary Flames players

With Christmas upon us and hockey season just weeks away, Flames fans have so many things to be thankful for. For some, Santa and his reindeer delivered Blasty Jerseys and left them under the tree, while for others, he left nothing more than a lump of coal. The iconic image of Santa and his nine … Continue reading If Santa and his reindeer were Calgary Flames players

CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 17: Milan Lucic #17 of the Calgary Flames in action against the Detroit Red Wings during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 17, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Analyzing the best and worst contracts on the Calgary Flames using production per dollar spent

We live in a salary cap world. Every player in the modern NHL is judged not strictly on their play, but on their play relative to their salary. Certain players will score 15 goals and be highly sought after budget players, while many former superstars can still play in the league, but are knocked for … Continue reading Analyzing the best and worst contracts on the Calgary Flames using production per dollar spent

Violin scatterplots and boxplots of Johnny Gaudreau's (Calgary Flames) shot and goal distributions from 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Why the Calgary Flames’ best players regressed last season and how they can rebound in 2020-21

It was no secret that the Calgary Flames of 2019-20 were far, far away from what they were in 2018-19. A big part of that was due to their top players going from all posting career seasons to all simultaneously dropping off. Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk, and Mark Giordano were just … Continue reading Why the Calgary Flames’ best players regressed last season and how they can rebound in 2020-21

What the Calgary Flames should do with Travis Hamonic

There is a new rumour afoot. As reported by Bob Marjanovich on TSN1040 in Vancouver, Travis Hamonic's name is on the radar of a few NHL teams, specifically the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. For unknown reasons, the tweet posted by TSN1040 earlier today that garnered quite a lot of interest has since been deleted. … Continue reading What the Calgary Flames should do with Travis Hamonic