Visualising how NHL players have performed in expected goals versus goals

In hockey, expected goals (xG) are an advanced counting metric that uses past information of previous shots taken and gives context to derive shot quality of new shots. Using various inputs from previous shots such as shot location, events leading up to a shot, and league shooting averages spanning many seasons, every new shot taken … Continue reading Visualising how NHL players have performed in expected goals versus goals

Friday Flames Notebook: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

This time feels different. This Flames team has struggled many times before, for varying lengths of time, but this stretch feels different. On one hand, it's sort of bizarre considering the team hasn't been terrible from a standings perspective. After all, they went 2-2 against the Canucks, not 0-4. But it has been the way … Continue reading Friday Flames Notebook: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Breaking down why the Calgary Flames should play Glenn Gawdin

Expectations were sky high for the Calgary Flames going into this season. After a long off-season in which they brought in a bona-fide starting netminder in Jacob Markstrom, a top four defenceman in Chris Tanev, a right handed right winger in Josh Leivo, and more, the Flames looked to be more complete this season than … Continue reading Breaking down why the Calgary Flames should play Glenn Gawdin

Evaluating how Sam Bennett has looked with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan

It has been a weird last week for the Calgary Flames. Last Saturday (January 30th), midway through the game against Montreal, Elliotte Friedman reported that Sam Bennett had requested a trade out of Calgary. The Flames won that game 2-0 and Bennett played primarily with Mikael Backlund and Josh Leivo. On Monday (February 1st), Coach … Continue reading Evaluating how Sam Bennett has looked with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan

The Calgary Flames should consider a defensive shakeup

There have been a lot of storylines for the Calgary Flames so far this season. From the new top line with Lindholm as the centreman, to Sam Bennett trade request, to the surprising excellence of the newly formed Noah Hanifin/Chris Tanev paring, each one has caused waves across the fanbase. However in this, one seems … Continue reading The Calgary Flames should consider a defensive shakeup

Introducing TWC’s Player Offensive Evaluation Tool 2.0

Evaluating pure NHL hockey talent comes in many forms and is a forever evolving field of work for teams and analysts alike. Here at TWC, we've worked on making a model for comparing the 5v5 offensive contributions of all NHL players. Introduction Heading into the new season, the TWC Player Offensive Evaluation Tool (POET) got … Continue reading Introducing TWC’s Player Offensive Evaluation Tool 2.0

Flames Film Room: How Matthew Tkachuk changed the game without scoring a point

The Calgary Flames' third game of the new season was a good example of the types of games the Flames lost last season. The first period was one of the team's worst in a long time. They looked flat, got brutally outshot, and if not for new goaltender Jacob Markstrom, would have been down by … Continue reading Flames Film Room: How Matthew Tkachuk changed the game without scoring a point

Data visualisation: Calgary Flames 2019-20 shot attempt and goal distances in feet. Shot distributions of defencemen with a minimum of 30 games played are shown using beeswarm plots.

Visualising Calgary Flames shot attempts and goal distances from 2019-20

In terms of their on-ice product, the Calgary Flames took a few steps back in the 2019-20 season after an all-around stellar performance in 2018-19. Despite both the on-ice and off-ice issues that they faced, they still competed in the 2020 postseason. After a first round exit to the Dallas Stars, the Flames sought to … Continue reading Visualising Calgary Flames shot attempts and goal distances from 2019-20

Calgary Flames interim head coach Geoff Ward

A look at the Calgary Flames’ performance under Geoff Ward

Geoff Ward has had a long and eventful career as a coach. With stops in the CHL, ECHL, 2nd Bundesliga (now the DEL2), DEL, and AHL, he finally got his chance in the NHL as an assistant with the Boston Bruins in 2007. He stuck with the Bruins until 2015, and in that time he … Continue reading A look at the Calgary Flames’ performance under Geoff Ward