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

VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 7: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Vancouver Canucks and Milan Lucic #27 of the Edmonton Oilers skate up ice during their NHL game at Rogers Arena October 7, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

A UFA Cautionary Tale: The 2016 free agent class is nightmare fuel

As the old saying goes, if you're building your team through free agency - you're probably doing it wrong. Sure, on July 1st there is always a huge opportunity for teams to make improvements by signing available free agents. Some come as big ticket players, while others come as depth signings, both inked for the … Continue reading A UFA Cautionary Tale: The 2016 free agent class is nightmare fuel

Buyout Beware: Who could the Flames buyout?

As the official offseason gets underway, the first major marker of the summer started this morning. The first buyout window is now officially open, allowing teams to utilize the strategy in preparation for the NHL Entry Draft and free agency. Buying out a contract is a method utilized by teams to either free up additional … Continue reading Buyout Beware: Who could the Flames buyout?

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About Last Night #47: Flames tie a franchise record in win against the Coyotes

The Calgary Flames were back in action yesterday, looking to secure their 30th win of the season on Mark Giordano's 800th career NHL game. They faced the Arizona Coyotes, who had just played against the Edmonton Oilers the night prior. https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1084562403021316096 The game started slowly for both teams much of the first, but it was … Continue reading About Last Night #47: Flames tie a franchise record in win against the Coyotes

CALGARY, AB - JANUARY 11: Sean Monahan #23 and Mark Giordano #5 of the Calgary Flames celebrate a goal against the Florida Panthers during an NHL game on January 11, 2019 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

About Last Night #46: Flames battle back to beat the Panthers

The Friday night game between the Calgary Flames and the Florida Panthers got off to a slow start for the home team, while the visitors were hungry for redemption after blowing three separate leads to lose in the shootout against the Edmonton Oilers the night before. The Flames looked uncomfortable and it wasn't look before … Continue reading About Last Night #46: Flames battle back to beat the Panthers

Sunday Census: Goalie prospects, first NHL goals, and unnecessarily early playoff predictions

Welcome back to The Sunday Census. Throughout the week, The Win Column will be posing topical and intriguing polls on Twitter (@wincolumnblog) to gauge the fan-base’s stance on pressing issues. Want to make sure your opinion is taken into effect? Vote in the polls, start a debate, and propose alternative suggestions on the polls! https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1068725233253724160Continue reading Sunday Census: Goalie prospects, first NHL goals, and unnecessarily early playoff predictions

Sunday Census: First Quarter MVP, Dillon Dube, and personal achievements

Welcome back to The Sunday Census. Throughout the week, The Win Column will be posing topical and intriguing polls on Twitter (@wincolumnblog) to gauge the fan-base’s stance on pressing issues. Want to make sure your opinion is taken into effect? Vote in the polls, start a debate, and propose alternative suggestions on the polls! https://twitter.com/wincolumnblog/status/1065818013486637056Continue reading Sunday Census: First Quarter MVP, Dillon Dube, and personal achievements

Sunday Census: James Neal, a Nylander trade, and bringing back an all time great

Welcome to The Win Column’s newest weekly feature: Sunday Census. Throughout the week, TWC will be posing topical and intriguing polls on Twitter (@wincolumnblog) to gauge the fan-base’s stance on pressing issues. Want to make sure your opinion is taken into effect? Vote in the polls, start a debate, and propose alternative suggestions on the … Continue reading Sunday Census: James Neal, a Nylander trade, and bringing back an all time great

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

GMBT: General Manager of Bad Timing

When thinking of the NHL’s general manager pool, there are varying levels of quality associated with them. There are the upper echelon, the can-do-no-wrong, well respected GMs that are hard to find, then there are the candidates who seem to be maligned for every decision. Then somewhere between those two types, is a middle ground … Continue reading GMBT: General Manager of Bad Timing