December 18 2016 06:30PM
We’re at the point now where I’m starting to wonder what Milan Lucic has to do before he gets bumped off Connor McDavid’s line. McDavid now has just a single even-strength assist over his last eight games, and has seen a revolving door at right wing. Yet on the port side, Lucic remains untouchable, even as he goes deeper into yet another even-strength scoring slump.
Why not try something different?
December 18 2016 08:00AM
Everyone should love the 3M line. If you don't, which would be a confusing thought, then I can only assume something happened in your life that prevents you from ever loving anything again. Teams hate playing against them being they are a combination of physicality (thank you Matthew Tkachuk) and two-way prowess anchored by Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik.
They're a line that the Calgary Flames have desperately needed for several seasons because they do exactly what you need them to do in this current era of the NHL: they drive play and they find ways to suppress the opposition.
December 17 2016 02:00PM
The Flames have lost two games in a row.
It's not the end of the world. It's not even the end of their playoff chase. They're on the outside looking in once again, but they're still in the conversation.
Except it took them a six-game winning streak to get back into that conversation to begin with, to pull themselves up to a respectable record. The leeway they've earned with that has almost run out; that's how far back they set themselves with their dismal start to the season.
So let's take a moment to look at the Flames' winning streak. Was it for real? Or was it just a one-off?
December 16 2016 02:07PM
In their predictions for the 2016-17 season on NHL.com , only two of their twenty “experts” penned Detroit into a playoff spot. If you had asked the majority of the Red Wings fan base, they would have said that the boys in red would secure a Wild Card spot, but fall once again in the first round. The season so far has been much, much worse than anyone had anticipated.
This awful start to the season has been somewhat of a puzzle. Their possession is the worst it’s been in years. They’re not getting shots off and when they do, they are low quality shots. Their scorers are not scoring. Their powerplay has been abysmal. But what’s driving all this poor play? There are many players underperforming on the team and they’ve all received their fair share of critique. Some of it has been well-earned, but most of it is purely an emotional response.
So instead of rattling off an angry hot take supported by surface numbers that don’t say much, I’d like to take a deeper look into one of the team’s players who had some of the highest expectations placed on him: Danny DeKeyser.
December 16 2016 12:28PM
The season is thirty-three games in, so we take a look at the Jets and see what is making the team tick and perform the way they are.
In this article, we will use DTMAboutHeart's Expected Goal model to see how the team performed for 5v5 situations.