Big Bad Bruin Trade

If you haven’t heard already, the Boston Bruins have traded Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. In my mind this is a horrible trade for the Bruins and a good one for the Sharks. The Sharks now have a dominant centerman who can take control of a game and anchor the Sharks offense. Every team needs one of those guys if they want to win. For Boston, well, now they don’t and they will suffer. Yes, Brad Stuart is a solid defenseman, and the Bruins could definitely use one of those,

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NHL Power Rankings – 11/30/2005

There are many reasons to like computer generated power rankings like the ones I produce here at HockeyAnalysis.com. TSN’s power rankings this week show one of the main reasons why I produced my power rankings. TSN had the Carolina Hurricanes dropping from 5th to 16th because of a couple losses. Is Carolina really the 16th best team in the NHL because in one week they lost to Ottawa and Atlanta while beating Toronto? Come on TSN, you guys are smarter than that. The big movers in my power rankings are Nashville who jumped from 9th into 4th in large part

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Game Predictions – 11/30/2005

Seven games on the schedule today, three of which I would say have the potential for an upset. Philadelphia is the favourite to win over New Jersey but should Forsberg not be able to play tonight I would say that New Jersey has a solid chance at beating them. And if Columbus is going to beat any team other than the St. Louis Blues then Minnesota might just be that team. Minnesota plays a low scoring defensive style of game which Columbus may be able to compete with. The key will be somehow stopping Gaborik who has 4 points in

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Game Predictions – 11/29/2005

Seven games on the schedule tonight and many of them should prove interesting. Philadelphia is in New York to play the Islanders after losing to them 4-2 on home ice on Saturday. They played without Peter Forsberg on Saturday and will do so again today as he recovers from a mild groin strain. Because of this the Islanders have to be given a slight advantage in this game. Atlanta-Carolina are also playing the second game in a home and home series. Atlanta defeated Carolina 5-2 on Sunday and now seek a home ice win. The computer predictor predicts Carolina as

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Making a case against the shootout…

All the talk around the NHL the past day or two has been the exciting Marik Malik goal to win the game on the 15th shooter for the NY Rangers. Almost everyone is talking about how exciting the shootout is and how, for that reason, it is here to stay. Some are even going to say that the shootout will soon come to playoff hockey. I say, let’s not get carried away. Take it from the tired legs of people who were at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, stood at the start of the shootout, never sat down and

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Game Predictions 11/28/2005

It’s a quiet night tonight with just 2 games on the schedule tonight so I thought I would take this opportunity to update everyone on my game prediction success rate. These numbers are just for the computer generated predictions and do not take into account my own thoughts where I disagreed with the computer prediction. Strong confidence: 55 of 81, 67.9% success rate Good confidence: 54 of 80, 67.5% success rate Some confidence: 43 of 73, 58.9% success rate 65 games were too close to call I am generally pleased with those numbers although I would like to see the

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Game Predictions 11/27/2005

Here are the game predictions for todays games. Vancouver-Colorado is probably the game to get most excited about today as these two teams have a bit of a rivalry. It should be a pretty close game with the potential for quite a few goals as well. It is also the only pick-em game of the day so I’ll be picking the Avalanche to get the win since they are at home and didn’t play last night. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Carolina Atlanta Carolina Strong Tampa Bay Pittsburgh Tampa Bay Good Washington Buffalo Buffalo Some Anaheim Chicago Anaheim

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What a goal…

It took 15 shooters but the Rangers finally won the shootout on a goal by Marek Malik. And what a beauty goal it was. The shootout was actually becoming somewhat comical watching 4th liners and defensemen try to score on the shootout. That was until Washington’s Bryan Muir scored to give the Caps a 3-2 shootout lead. But then Jason Strudwick came right back and tied it up again for the Rangers. That’s when Matt Bradley made his attempt and failed which set it up for Marek Malik to win the game for the Rangers. Not only did he win

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Canadian Blog Awards

I wasn’t going to do this because I believe in let the best blog win as opposed to let whoever can stuff the ballot boxes the most win but since my competition is doing it, I may as well too. Apparently someone has nominated HockeyAnalysis.com up for a Canadian Blog Award in the best sports blog category. To whoever nominated me, thank-you. I am not going to beg or ask you to stuff the ballot box but for those who do enjoy this blog feel free to drop by the voting booth and show your appreciation. I am also going

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Game Predictions – 11/26/2005

Looks there most of the interesting game were played yesterday as there isn’t a lot to get too excited about today. Toronto-Montreal should be an exciting game to watch. Both teams have struggled a bit recently (Montreal more/longer than Toronto) but when these two teams play it is usually a good game and they have already played 3 one goal games including an overtime game. I’m going to pick Toronto to win this one. In the other pick-em games I’ll take Vancouver over Phoenix and Detroit over San Jose. If you are looking for an upset opportunity, that could be

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