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Examining the Calgary Flames numbers

Monday, 09.17.2007 / 10:58 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Flames Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin: -13
One reason the Flames struggled on the road was the fact that they kept filling up the penalty box away from the Saddledome. Calgary had 13 more power plays than its opponents at home, but was minus-30 on the road.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: +32
The Flames’ top seven scorers all had double-digit plus-minus numbers. Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay each had 60 points at even strength, tying them for seventh in the NHL in that category. 

Special Teams Goal Margin: +2
Calgary’s penalty-killers allowed almost a goal a game (81 in 82 contests, eight more than the power play produced), but partly atoned for that with 15 shorthanded goals, 10 more than the power-play unit surrendered.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 96
(8th West / 13th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 -7
Home Points 62
(3rd West / 3rd NHL)
Road Points 34
(10th West / 22nd NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 41
Dion Phaneuf (17) had more than 40 percent of the goals scored by Calgary defensemen. With Roman Hamrlik (7 goals) gone to Montreal, the Flames hope Adrian Aucoin, a big scorer on the blue line before two miserable seasons in Chicago, regains his scoring touch.

Goals by forwards: 214
The Flames finally got some help for Iginla, though it will be interesting to see if new coach Mike Keenan and Kristian Huselius (34 goals, 77 points) get along better than they did in Florida; the Panthers dealt Huselius during Keenan’s tenure.

Overtime Record: 5-5-5 (OT: 2-5, SO: 3-5)
Miikka Kiprusoff is one of the NHL’s elite goaltenders, except when it comes to overtime. He tied for the League lead with nine losses in overtime, going 2-5 in OT and 3-4 in shootouts).

Times Scored First/Record: 46 (Record: 31-12-3)
Another reason for the Flames’ huge home-road disparity: They scored first 28 times at home, going 22-5-1 in those games. On the road, they got the first goal only 18 times and got only 20 points in those games (9-7-2).

Best 06-07 Number: 33-9-6
Minnesota’s record in games when Gaborik was in the lineup. The Wild went 15-17-2 in the 24 games he missed with a groin problem. Gaborik scored a goal in 23 games; the Wild was 19-2-2 in those games.

Worst 06-07 Number: 134
Goals allowed on the road by Calgary, more than all but three other teams in the Western Conference. No other playoff team in the West allowed more than 112 goals away from home.

Scheduling:
The Flames have a chance to get off to a fast start, thanks to a seven-game homestand from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1. But they could have a problem in the final week of the season — they end the season with four consecutive road games, all within the division.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Flames Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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