You know what's awesome? Having Jokinen, Stajan, Moss, Backlund, all nominally called 'centres', and the coach still chooses to go with Tangs to take a crucial face-off shorthanded, in our zone.
And it's awesome because, on the surface, you can't even say he made the wrong choice, can you? Because nobody on this team can win a face-off. Right?
First, methodology. League Average is a pretty rough number. You had to have had played in at least 50 games, and had to have taken at least 50 face-offs at ES. Otherwise the charts is what they say they is, yo.
And at first blush, they say that Tangs should probably not have been taking that face-off in our zone when the game was tied.
The Flames 'best' face-off man when shorthanded is, with very limited attempts, David Moss. If the coach isn't going to use Moss, and BMo is unavailable due to injuries, then the numbers say *puke* Matt Stajan is the best choice. We wouldn't be making a huge stink about it if Tanguay wasn't winning face-offs, in all situations, at a sub 40% clip. Right?
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.