Gaudreau: Lady Byng Contender?

Ryan Pike
February 14 2015 10:00AM

Around these parts, the success of the Calgary Flames have led to awards chatter - particularly now that the season is getting down to brass tacks.

We've heard it all. Bob Hartley for Jack Adams! Mark Giordano for the Norris (and/or Hart)! Johnny Gaudreau for the Calder! But amidst all the hustle and bustle, something quiet has happened.

Johnny Gaudreau has become the leading contender, perhaps, for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

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A Tale of Three Cities: A Series of Charts

Ryan Pike
December 03 2014 11:29AM

The Calgary Flames are a successful team, standings-wise. They enter today's NHL action with a 16-8-2 record, good for a 65.4 points percentage despite the Flames not having an amazing Corsi For percentage, which is held by the analytics community as a predictor of wins and points.

For some added context on how the Flames are doing, let's compare them with Edmonton and Buffalo - two truly not-good teams - on a Rolling 10 Game basis!

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Flames 20-Game WOWY Check-In: Centres

Ryan Pike
November 19 2014 01:21PM

The Calgary Flames have been ravaged by injuries this season. Both fortunately and unfortunately, depending on your perspective, the injuries have largely been concentrated to the forward ranks and to the centre position in particular.

As a result, the Flames have used seven different regular centres, as well as an eighth (Paul Byron) who's dabbled everywhere and isn't included because he was only really a center for a couple games. Given the importance of centres to the defensive game, arguably the centre's WOWY differentials (their teammates CorsiFor% with and without that player) are more important to the team's success in a two-way game than any other forward.

Here's a brief look at Calgary's seven pivots. (The cut-off for comparisons is 50 even-strength minutes together and given Max Reinhart hasn't played 50 minutes period, he's also not included. Sorry, Max.)

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Flames Fancy Stats Through 17 Games

Ryan Pike
November 12 2014 09:30AM

We're 17 games (or just over 20%) into the Calgary Flames schedule, so it's time for another check-in regarding how the club's players are doing in all areas fancy stats.

We have a mix of stuff we're tallying ourselves (scoring chances and zone entries), and stuff we're putting from data collected by the fine folks at War on Ice and Hockey Analysis.

Except for zone entries, all stats refer to even-strength numbers, and we're limiting things to players who have played 10+ games due to sample size concerns.

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Flames Fancy Stats 8-Game Check-In

Ryan Pike
October 23 2014 01:57AM

Folks, eight games are in the books for the Calgary Flames, which means we're approximately 10% of the way through the regular-season schedule. In addition to realizing how quickly the season actually flies by, it's a chance to take a quick (and very preliminary) glance at the analytics behind the Flames successes and struggles thus far.

And remember the oft-repeated mantra of the analytics community: "sample size!" It's just 8 games - 6 of which were on the road. Take these numbers for a small sample of a long, long season and with the appropriate shaker-full of salt.

Percentage stats are all even-strength, except for zone entries (which is more of a tendencies measure than a possession stat). Only players who have played 5 or more games have been included here, so this excludes defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Josh Jooris, David Jones, Brian McGrattan and Devin Setoguchi.

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