Brett Ritchie skates in a training camp intra squad game for the Calgary Flames

Brett Ritchie could be a useful signing for the Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames brought in a few players on professional try-outs during training camp. Perennial Flame Michael Stone was brought back yet again on the back end, while Garret Sparks was brought in to round out the Flames' groups in goal to cover for Tyler Parsons who is recovering from ankle surgery. On forward, just … Continue reading Brett Ritchie could be a useful signing for the Calgary Flames

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TWC Power Rankings 2021: Week 1

Welcome back to the new and improved 2021 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 … Continue reading TWC Power Rankings 2021: Week 1

Early Stanley Cup favourites based on divisional realignment proposals

It's common knowledge that the NHL has full intention of bringing on the 2020-21 season. Navigating the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic for professional sports that include team-to-team contact and multi-city travel makes for a complex task. A part of the planning includes the idea of separating Canadian teams into an all-Canadian division and splitting … Continue reading Early Stanley Cup favourites based on divisional realignment proposals

Predicting how the NHL playoffs would look with an all-Canadian division

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is wide speculation that when the NHL does return for the 2020-21 season, it will be in a dramatically different form than in years past. In the Return-to-Plan (RTP) that happened a few months ago to award the Stanley Cup, teams, most of whom are based in the United … Continue reading Predicting how the NHL playoffs would look with an all-Canadian division

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 08: A general view is seen of warm-up before Game Two of the Western Conference Final of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights at Rogers Place on September 08, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Comparing the stats behind the East and West Conference Finals

Two different series, two different stories. Both the East and West Conference Finals are now four games deep, and both have one team on the brink of the Stanley Cup Final and the other team on the brink of elimination heading into their respective Game Fives. Of the four teams still in it, only the … Continue reading Comparing the stats behind the East and West Conference Finals

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 20: Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames celebrates his power play goal against the Dallas Stars with teammates during the first period of Game Six of the Western Conference First Round of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 20, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Flames Film Room: One way that Johnny Gaudreau can bounce back next season

By his standards, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau struggled for much of 2019-20 regular season, as well as the playoffs. Among the very tough decisions the club will have to make this season will be whether or not to continue building around the talented forward. Gaudreau was once considered to be the bedrock of the … Continue reading Flames Film Room: One way that Johnny Gaudreau can bounce back next season

Calgary Flames 5v5 arena-adjusted shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs Shots grouped by playoff series, Calgary distances shown on the positive y-axis, opponent distances shown the the negative y-axis. Shots are labelled as goals, shots, or misses. Chart by Bill Tran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from MoneyPuck.com

Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

The Calgary Flames made it through ten games during the 2020 Playoffs. In those ten games, the team showed glimpses of both greatness and mediocrity. On one hand, the Flames had a stellar goaltending performance courtesy of Cam Talbot, a couple players really stepped up their game, including Andrew Mangiapane, Dillon Dube, and even Milan … Continue reading Visualising the Calgary Flames’ 5v5 shot distances in the 2020 Playoffs

Recapping the news and notes from the Flames ‘virtual’ locker cleanout

After being eliminated in six games on Thursday evening to the Dallas Stars, the Flames were finally back in action. That is of course on the annual "locker cleanout" or "garbage bag day" that the Flames hosted virtually this year due to obvious reasons. There were lots of important topics covered by a wide range … Continue reading Recapping the news and notes from the Flames ‘virtual’ locker cleanout

Breaking down Mark Giordano’s struggles in the 2020 Playoffs

After a back and forth affair on Sunday afternoon, the Flames now find themselves tied at two games a piece in their Round 1 series against the Dallas Stars. It's been quite the roller coaster ride for the team in the four games played, and it's safe to say that there are still many areas … Continue reading Breaking down Mark Giordano’s struggles in the 2020 Playoffs

Visualising team scoring across the NHL at the time of the COVID-19 pause

It's been ten days since there was an NHL hockey game. It's felt way longer, hasn't it? There's undoubtedly been much more time to look back at what's ensued so far in the 2019-20 NHL season as we are all making do without sports. Let's keep up the social distancing and explore some stories of … Continue reading Visualising team scoring across the NHL at the time of the COVID-19 pause