Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Flames stat watch

*The Flames have started their long climb from the bottom of the PP% and PK% stats. There was a brief moment in their 4th game (vs. Colorado) where they were 5% on the PP and 50% on the PK. As recently as 3 games ago, they were still 30th in both categories. They're now up to 28th in PP% and 27th in PK%, and subjectively speaking, the PK in recent games is back to where it needs to be on an ongoing basis.

*Kipper has allowed 6 goals in the past 5 games (0, 1, 1, 2, 2). You could argue that this stat is padded a bit by virtue of facing the Oilers in two of these games, but nevertheless, it looks like the Turkiprusoff jokes were indeed too early.

*The Flames are one of 12 NHL teams who have yet to participate in a shoot-out (a summary can be viewed at NHL.com under Team Stats). Nashville has 3 S/O wins already; in the first two, Paul Kariya scored the only goal.

*Most interesting individual stat to date: Rod Brind' Amour is taking 43.2% of Carolina's faceoffs. Next highest is Joe Thornton, far behind at 35.8%.

*Most interesting team stat to date: probably that Tampa is 9.6% on the PP (ranked 29th), and is 0-2 in shootouts. They still have 10 pts. through 9 games; when their scorers get into gear, we should probably expect a long winning streak.


Things are definitely looking up. The defence (and Kipper) have tightened up. When nobody in the 'new NHL' can score more than 2 goals against you in 6 games or so, things are looking good.

The Flames have to do something about not scoring more than three goals on anyone in 10 games though -- has anyone else in the 'new NHL' failed to score 4 goals in a game? The offence is a worry.

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