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

About Last Night #53: Flames overcome ‘Canes in sentimental victory

The Calgary Flames visited the Carolina Hurricanes yesterday afternoon for a pre-Superbowl matinee showdown. It was the first time Bill Peters, Derek Ryan, Noah Hanifin, and Elias Lindholm were in Carolina since the big trade between the two clubs in the offseason, and they were the stars of the show. The Flames went down early, … Continue reading About Last Night #53: Flames overcome ‘Canes in sentimental victory

CALGARY, AB - JANUARY 22: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames celebrates the game winning goal against the Carolina Hurricane at Scotiabank Saddledome on January 22, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Terence Leung/NHLI via Getty Images)

About Last Night #51: Flames head into All-Star break with overtime win over ‘Canes

The Carolina Hurricanes visited the Calgary Flames for the Flames' last game before the All-Star break, bringing with them former Flames Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland. A highly anticipated return for two major players for the Flames from previous seasons, they both had a warm welcome from the C of Red.Under two minutes into the … Continue reading About Last Night #51: Flames head into All-Star break with overtime win over ‘Canes

Elias Lindholm is the Flames’ most versatile forward

It was a polarizing move when the Calgary Flames traded Dougie Hamilton in the offseason. There were many supporters on either side of the deal, and the main criticism was that the Flames, a team in need of improvement in almost every aspect of their roster, had just traded away one of their top pairing … Continue reading Elias Lindholm is the Flames’ most versatile forward

Calgary Flames practising at the Rogers Arena prior to their 2018-19 season opener on October 3, 2018.

The ins and outs of the Calgary Flames opening night roster

The Calgary Flames open their season on the road against the Vancouver Canucks. Eight players from last season are no longer a part of the organization, and seven players will make their official Flames debut. Ryan Pike of FlamesNation wrote an article about how the opening roster has changed from previous years, and this season … Continue reading The ins and outs of the Calgary Flames opening night roster

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 … Continue reading The Flames should move Dougie Hamilton to the wing

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