Arena Attendance Series Recap

  Click on the image for the full size! If you've followed along on the Arena Attendance Series, I hope you've enjoyed it! Would love to hear your thoughts at @mrbilltran or @wincolumnblog.   Read the whole series, including more detailed charts, here: Arena Attendance Series Part 1: The Pacific Division Arena Attendance Series Part…

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About This Morning: O.R.G. NHL China Game #2

In their second overseas contest in the ORG NHL China Games, The Calgary Flames fell to the Boston Bruins 3-1 this morning. Playing in the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, the Flames will make the long journey back to Calgary with bonds and memories that will hopefully help them start the season on a high note.…

Arena Attendance Series Part 1: The Pacific Division

As the 2018-19 NHL regular season draws closer and closer, the excitement amongst fans is reaching an offseason high. Which team in the league has the most fans willing to make their way to their local arena and watch NHL hockey in person night in and night out? To get a better idea, I decided…

About This Morning: O.R.G. NHL China Game #1

The Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins kicked off the 2018-19 preseason across the Pacific Ocean, playing in the second iteration of the O.R.G. NHL China Games. Playing out of the architecturally-astounding Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre, the new-look Flames got their first real test as a team. The Flames opted to bring essentially their entire regular…

The history of NHL final scores

Throughout the history of the NHL, 55,465 regular season games and 4,334 playoff games have been played. The league will see its 60,000 game in early November this coming season. How exactly can the entire history of the league be shown in just a few charts? Jeremy Frank (@MLBRandomStats) recently posted some baseball charts detailing…

The Flames should move Dougie Hamilton to the wing

One of the biggest issues that has plagued the Calgary Flames for the better part of two seasons is the absence of a capable right winger to play with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan on the first line. The right side has been an organizational weakness for several years, and efforts to fill this particular…

About Last Night #75: Anaheim Ducks up the Flames’ playoff hopes

It isn't even accurate to describe last night's game as a "must win". The Calgary Flames not only needed to beat the Anaheim Ducks, but also probably also bribe the NHL to award them more than two points for the victory. Sadly for the Flames, they fell to the Ducks in unspectacular fashion, 4-0. A…

About Last Night #71: Mike Smith shuts out Oilers in thrilling victory

The writing was on the wall. The Edmonton Oilers had won seven straight contests against the Flames and after winning three straight games, looked poised to extend that streak to eight. The Flames desperately needed points to keep pace in the playoff hunt but with Mike Smith fresh off the IR and coming off a…

About Last Night #67: Flames’ playoff hopes take another hit with OT loss to Penguins

All signs pointed to last nights outing against the defending champions being another deflating loss for the Flames. Jon Gillies surrendered two goals in the first 3:05 of the game and the Flames were playing comeback almost since the opening faceoff. It did not look promising, and the Flames desperately needed points to climb back…

About Last Night #57: Flames can’t keep up with powerhouse Bruins

The Boston Bruins have been the league's best and hottest team since the flip of the calendar. They've amassed 30 of a possible 36 points in that span for a whopping .833 points percentage. They are a fantastic team, and were the easy favourites heading into last night's contest. The Flames played the fifth of…