Visualising the luckiest and unluckiest Calgary Flames using expected goals. Plotting the differentials of goals scored to expected goals (G - xG) as a way to quantify "luck". Data taken at all situations and includes every player in the past five seasons. Chart by @mrbilltran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from NaturalStatTrick.com

Visualising the luckiest Calgary Flames in the past five seasons using expected goals

The Calgary Flames have seen plenty of ups and downs in the past five years, both on and off the ice. In terms of their on-ice product, they've had one of their best franchise performances in 2018-19, just one season removed from missing the playoffs. This past season, they might have tended closer to what … Continue reading Visualising the luckiest Calgary Flames in the past five seasons using expected goals

The Flames are set to lose a key player in the Seattle Expansion Draft

The Calgary Flames have been busy this offseason re-tooling and re-vamping their roster in hopes of a Stanley Cup push in the 2020-21 season. On paper, the team looks to be deeply improved compared to how they finished at the end of last season. Time will tell just exactly how much the team has improved, … Continue reading The Flames are set to lose a key player in the Seattle Expansion Draft

Derek Ryan of the Calgary Flames. Image Credit: The Canadian Press / Jeff McInstosh

Does it make sense for the Calgary Flames to trade Derek Ryan?

Two years ago, Derek Ryan had a great season for the Flames. Playing alongside Garnet Hathaway and Andrew Mangiapane for a good portion of the year, Ryan gave the team a legitimate fourth line that was at times a real weapon for the team. Last season, his production dropped slightly, although not significantly, and Ryan … Continue reading Does it make sense for the Calgary Flames to trade Derek Ryan?

Jon Gillies is the training camp decision no one is talking about

In case you missed it, today is the day that teams officially report to training camp. The majority of the day consisting of fitness testing with on-ice sessions beginning on Friday, but it is still the first official event that signifies it's time to truly start gearing up for the NHL season. The Calgary Flames, … Continue reading Jon Gillies is the training camp decision no one is talking about

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

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

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

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

About Last Night #53: Flames sweep season series against Blackhawks

The Calgary Flames opened a six game road trip at the United Center last night to face the Chicago Blackhawks in their final meeting of the season. The Flames had won the previous two matches by identical 4-3 overtime decisions, and looked to sweep the season series against the Blackhawks for the first time since … Continue reading About Last Night #53: Flames sweep season series against Blackhawks

About Last Night #50: Flames feel weird winning in regulation, decide to give game away to Vegas

For 58 minutes, the Calgary Flames were the better team. For 58 minutes, the Flames outscored, outchanced, and outplayed the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights, and looked to flip their recent four game losing streak around with a big win. For 58 minutes, the Flames seemed to be on the up and up and … Continue reading About Last Night #50: Flames feel weird winning in regulation, decide to give game away to Vegas