November 29 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames just completed their longest road trip of the season, playing six games in nine nights in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 3-2-1, the Flames earned seven of a possible 12 points and return home one game closer to the .500 mark than when they left.
Three things jumped out at me during Calgary's excursion, two negative and one positive.
November 28 2016 05:25PM
A few weeks ago when Frederik Andersen was really struggling I wrote an article looking at whether his struggles were out of the norm relative to the rest of his career and found that they weren't. Andersen's first five games with the Leafs did not have good results, but it was just the kind of rough patch that goalies will have from time-to-time, and I said that he'd likely bounce back. In the 11 games that Andersen's played since then his SV% is .931. As has been typical of his career, after a period with bad results, Andersen followed up by playing very well.
The other Leafs goalie, Jhonas Enroth, has undergone a similar struggle. He's made five appearances this season, posting a SV% of just .886. Should we expect him to bounce back too, or should we be worried that he's hit a new career low?
November 28 2016 03:51PM
The Florida Panthers caused some drama Sunday night by firing head coach and “good hockey man” Gerard Gallant following a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. The fallout gave us a pretty long list of things to talk about. I'll try to break all of it down.
November 28 2016 03:27PM
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If you're a believer that even the most objective, soulless attempts at building something special will come with familiar feeling narratives and storylines, you have to know what's coming. There's obviously no tangible guarantee, but even in regards to an organization of newfound silence, everything about the speculation connects the Leafs to Dougie Hamilton makes sense.
November 28 2016 01:42PM
It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.
Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).