The Calgary Flames must set their season tone on the road

PK Subban of the Nashville Predators defends against Mikael Backlund of the Calgary Flames in front of Pekka Rinne of the Predators.

After splitting a home-and-home against the Vancouver Canucks to open the season, the Calgary Flames embark on their first road trip. They will be paying visits to three Central teams: last year's Presidents' Trophy winners, the Nashville Predators; and two playoff bubble teams, the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche. This road trip will be…

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The ins and outs of the Calgary Flames opening night roster

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

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…

Arena Attendance Series Recap

Data visualization of NHL arena attendances of all 31 teams during the 2017-18 regular season.

  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 2:…

Arena Attendance Series Part 2: The Central Division

When it comes to the arena attendance and the Central Division, some of the most consistent fans fill up these venues. Undeniably, the Central has had perennial Stanley Cup contenders that have dominated the league. From the Chicago Blackhawks’ three championships, to the emergence of the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets, not to mention the…

About Last Night #41: Fire and fury from Flames as Ducks fall in Calgary

The Calgary Flames started the game off with a first period to remember. After Glen Gulutzan's hammer throw trials for the 2020 Olympics, the Flames put together one of their most dominant first periods this season. The Anaheim Ducks barely mustered any measurable momentum, going long stretches without shot attempts. The Flames earned an early…

TWC Power Rankings: Week 9 – Holiday Wish List Edition

The Win Column Power Rankings is a weekly feature that will highlight the current rankings of all the NHL teams during that specific week. While their place in the standings will be taken into affect, each team’s’ weekly performances will have the greater effect on how high, or low, they end up ranking. It's officially…

About Last Night #18: The Flames got Torched

To start off their six game road trip, the Calgary Flames visited the Little Caesar's Arena for their second and final matchup of the season against the Detroit Red Wings. With starting goalie Mike Smith injured, Eddie Lack got his second start of the season. Things went south rather quickly as the Flames found themselves…

Weekly Win Column: Week 4

What a week in the NHL. Erik Karlsson returned and to nobody's surprise is back to dominating the league. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are the NHL's clear dynamic duo, sitting first and second in overall point production. The New Jersey Devils sit atop the Metropolitan Division, looking down at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington…

About Last Night: Thoughts from Game #8

Opponent Minnesota Wild @ CGY Result  After a listless effort against Carolina, and a thorough lashing from Glen Gulutzan, the Calgary Flames were back in action on Saturday night at home against the Minnesota Wild. The team came out flying in the first period, dominating the game and generating 18 shots on goal. The Flames…

Weekly Win Column: Week 3

What a week in the NHL. The Vegas Golden Knights finally earned their first loss in franchise history, the last team to shed undefeated status. Auston Matthews and Alex Ovechkin are still scoring lots of goals, and the Edmonton Oilers look like a shadow of the team who shutout the Calgary Flames on day one.…