Is Johnny Gaudreau drawing fewer penalties than he used to?

Ryan Pike
November 17 2016 12:00PM

We're over 20% of the way through the 2016-17 Calgary Flames schedule and there are quite a few things to talk about. In light of the injury to Johnny Gaudreau and general whispers of an officiating conspiracy in the aftermath of Dennis Wideman's altercation with Don Henderson in January, we felt the need to dig into officiating in Calgary's games so far this season.

We have two broad questions to explore: Is Johnny Gaudreau drawing fewer penalties than he used to? And are the Flames as a team drawing fewer penalties than they used to?

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Why hasn't Theoren Fleury made it into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Ryan Pike
November 14 2016 02:00PM

It's Hall of Fame Induction Day today, as Sergei Makarov, Eric Lindros and Rogie Vachon join the elite group of male hockey players that have been inducted into the hallowed halls of hockeydom. Annually around this time, conversation turns to stellar National Hockey League players that are not yet in the Hall of Fame.

Most frequently mentioned by Calgary Flames followers: Theoren Fleury. Just 5'6" and 160 pounds with his gear on, and besieged by horrible off-ice problems illustrated in his book Playing With Fire, Fleury nonetheless put together a tremendously productive professional career. So how come he's not yet in the Hall? The short answer, it seems, is that his retirement had some awful timing given the other players who were eligible at the time.

To illustrate that, let's look at the 27 male players that have been inducted instead of Fleury since he became eligible for induction.

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The Flames' results in all game situations have been a mixed bag

Ryan Pike
November 11 2016 02:32PM

The Calgary Flames' play at even strength and on their special teams has really been a tale of two teams so far this season.

At even strength, the Flames appear to be fairly decent in the aggregate. Collectively the team has barely been outscored at even strength (29-28), which is actually pretty impressive for a team that's 5-9-1. However, the Flames' special teams units have been outscored 18-7 by the opposition (between power play and shorthanded goals). That's not good, and a huge contributing factor to the team's bad start.

Let's dig into the specifics of just how woeful the Flames have been at special teams and how often it's spoiled their even strength play.

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Digging into the Flames' penalty kill struggles

Ryan Pike
November 10 2016 10:00AM

The Calgary Flames have special teams troubles. Their power play isn't good. Their penalty kill is also not good. The Flames have allowed 16 goals, more than any National Hockey League team that's not Chicago. In short: the penalty kill is one of the big reasons why the Flames are 5-8-1 through their first 14 games.

Let's dive in to what's going wrong on the penalty kill.

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Digging into the Flames' power play struggles

Ryan Pike
November 10 2016 08:00AM

Special teams were a big focus for the Calgary Flames over the past couple of days of practice, and for good reason. In short? Their special teams haven't been very good this season. Their power play has scored four goals this season in 48 opportunities. For context, six National Hockey League players have scored as many PP goals as the Flames and another, Winnipeg's Patrik Laine, has more.

Let's drill into what the Flames aren't doing with the extra man.

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