Flames @ Panthers Gamethread

Loading Scores


This evening we get to see if the outburst versus the Hurricanes was an aberration born of adrenaline and a lesser opponent or if we're into something more permanent here. Of course, FLA is arguably a worse team, but you know what I mean.

If this feels like the start of a new season to you, there's a reason - the Flames turned over more of their roster in the last week than they did during the off-season. Seriously. In the summer, they added Dawes, Sjostrom, McGrattan and Bouwmeester. Since last Saturday, they've added Hagman, White, Stajan, Higgins, Kotalik, Mayers and Backlund (sort of). As a result, most of the stats and work we've put into tracking the club's performance up until this point can basically be thrown out the window.

Stuff to consider:

- With that last sentence in mind, the Flames apparently have less than a 50% chance of making the post-season according to Sports Club Stats. Anyone still wondering what spurred Sutter to take such a radical route need only glance at the linked graph for the answer.

- The Panthers have some underappreciated players. Stephen Weiss was mentioned by Bob below, but for my money the best of the bunch may be David Booth. He scores at a high rate at ES, can take on tough competition and he moves the puck forward at a high rate (depsite the fact his team is terrible at it).

- Florida has lackluster depth after their name guys however. The bottom end of their roster gets killed on a nightly basis in terms of possession and that's likely where the Flames will have to make hay tonight. Will the injection of so many players, the Flames now have a fairly strong bottom 6.

Let's get it on.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Matchsticks and Gasoline

You must be a member of Matchsticks and Gasoline to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Matchsticks and Gasoline. You should read them.

Join Matchsticks and Gasoline

You must be a member of Matchsticks and Gasoline to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Matchsticks and Gasoline. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker