About Last Night #4: Flames fall flat in St. Louis

Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames defends against Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues

In game two of an important tone setting road trip, the Calgary Flames were looking to win three straight games after starting the season with a loss. Coming off the strong shutout victory over the Predators, the Flames were facing a St. Louis Blues squad that were still looking for their first win to wrap…

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Changing of the guard: Small skill reigning tall in the new NHL

Johnny Gaudreau and Brad Marchand pose for a picture at the All Star Game in Columbus

The NHL has a longstanding reputation of being a tough league. Players were always lauded for their size, grit and toughness. A set of grinders was seen as an essential part of every team’s lineup, despite their ability to actually play the game of hockey. If they generated a fight, that was a roster spot…

About Last Night: Thoughts from Game #1

Opponent   Edmonton Oilers vs CGY Result Led by a Connor McDavid opening night hat trick, the Flames were shutout on opening night losing 3-0. Calgary was only able to muster 26 shots to Edmonton's 45, and were only able to generate 10 scoring chances the whole game. While there may be an overwhelming "Fire…

Behind the Bruise: Evaluating the Force of a Blocked Shot

Introduction One of the most fundamental aspects of engineering mechanics is the study of moving objects. Referred to as dynamics, this area of study aims to determine and predict the behaviour of various bodies as they move, accelerate, collide, and deform. This applies directly to hockey in many ways including the physics behind shots, passes,…

Calgary Flames New Arena Timeline

Come September 18th, 2017, the Calgary Flames will be a part of a split squad game against the Edmonton Oilers. Half the club will be playing in Rogers Place, one of the league’s newest arenas, and the other half will be playing in the Scotiabank Saddledome, the league’s oldest. The search for a new home…

Why The Flames Must Protect Troy Brouwer

With the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft coming up in less than a week, it’s clear that the Calgary Flames have several decisions to make before they have to submit their protected players list. By 7 pm MDT, June 17, 2017, the Flames will have committed to who they’re going to protect and who they’re going…

Penguin vs. Predator: Who Would Win in a Fight?

The Stanley Cup Final is underway and features two very yellow teams in the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. Like any classic Final matchup, we have a clear favourite and a clear underpredator. The Penguins have a chance to become the first team post lockout to repeat as Cup champions, and PK Subban has…

Brad Treliving’s Real Offseason Checklist

Phew. The Edmonton Oilers are finally eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing game 7 last night to the Anaheim Ducks. That was a tough series for Flames fans; cheering for either team felt morally wrong on many levels. Not to mention the fact that the entire league has become accustomed to the Oilers…

High-stick? Scientific Analysis of Nate Thompson’s “Goal”

Introduction The Flames let a 4-1 lead slip away last night which ultimately resulted in an overtime loss and left their season in serious jeopardy. Reactions around the league are all over the spectrum: most Flames fans are screaming over a questionable goal that was under review for a high-stick, most Oilers fans are telling…