Quarter Point Surprises/Dissapointments

The NHL season is just over a quarter done so it is time to point out some surprises, dissapointments and general notes so far. I am sure I left several out so feel free to add your surprises and dissapointments or general thoughts on the season so far in the comments section. Also, I apologize if there is a slight east-coast bias. I am a Leaf fan living in Ottawa and as a result watch more eastern division games. In no particular order, here are my surprises,dissapointments and thoughts on the season so far. Carolina Hurricanes – Even the most

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Game Predictions – 11/25/2005

Thanks to the American Thanksgiving holiday weekend for giving us a full slate of games today. In total there are 11 games, many of them should be quite interesting. Here are a few worth noting. Ottawa/NY Islanders – Ottawa will be playing without Redden, Havlat and Chris Neil so if there was a game they could lose, this could be it. It’s an afternoon game too so you never know how players will react to having their regular game day schedule altered. I still think the Senators will win but it would not shock me if this is one they

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Game Predictions 11/24/2005

Just three games on the schedule tonight which is pretty light for a Thursday. The American Thanksgiving must be the reason for that. They should be three fairly interesting games though. The Atlanta-NY Rangers game should be particularly interesting because both teams are capable of scoring goals in bunches. In the pick-em game between Los Angeles and Nashville I’m going to pick Los Angeles to win. Not only are they rested after having last night off while Nashville played, I think they are the better team and should be able to pull out the win. In the final game of

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NHL Power Rankings – Nov. 23, 2005

Here are the NHL Power Rankings for November 23rd. Big movers on the week were Los Angeles who moved from 7th to 2nd, Dallas who jumped from 6th into 3rd, Tampa Bay who rose 4 spots into 18th and Chicago who climbed to 21st spot from 24th. Big droppers included Detoit who dropped from 2nd to 6th, Philadelphia who dropped 6 spots to 10th from 4th, and San Jose who droped into 22nd spot from 18. For comparison sake, here are links to several other power rankings. If you know of others feel free to post them in the comments.

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Game Predictions 11/23/2005

Here are tonights NHL game predictions. Of the 5 games for which predictions were able to be made I can’t see any upsets happening aside from Detroit depending on how they react to the Fischer incident. In the four pick-em games I like the rested Islanders at home over Buffalo, Tampa over Washington because the Lightning look to be getting back into 2003-04 form, Florida will finally break their losing streak on home ice against a struggling Devils team and Minnesota and their good goaltending should be able to shut down Edmonton. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY

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Game Predictions – Nov. 22, 2005

Tonights games features the first head to head matchup of this years prize rookie crop as Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals visit Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. With 15 goals I think Ovechkin has been the better player so far this year and unlike Crosby he doesn’t have Lemieux, Recchi, Palffy and other talented offensive players to play with. My computer prediction model calls the game a pick-em and for good reason. Both teams have shown flashes of being OK but for the most part both teams have been pretty bad but given the choice I’ll take the Penguins at

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Game Predictions 11/19/2005

Here are the game predictions for Saturday’s NHL games. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Rangers Carolina Carolina Some Boston Buffalo Buffalo Some Toronto Atlanta Toronto Strong Montreal Washington Montreal Good Ottawa New Jersey Ottawa Strong Pittsburgh Philadelphia Pick N/A Florida NY Islanders Pick N/A Detroit St. Louis Detroit Strong Minnesota Nashville Nashville Some Edmonton Chicago Edmonton Good Los Angeles Colorado Los Angeles Good San Jose Phoenix San Jose Some

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NHL Game Predictions – 11/18/2005

Not a lot of close games tonight with a lot of the better teams playing some of the weaker teams. Philadelphia, Dallas and Calgary *should* have fairly easy games against weaker opponents in Atlanta, Columbus and Chicago. But in Calgary’s case you have to be concerned with complacency setting in when playing a weaker team in the midst of a lengthy winning streak. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Philadelphia Atlanta Philadelphia Strong New Jersey Montreal Montreal Good Dallas Columbus Dallas Strong Calgary Chicago Calgary Good Anaheim Colorado Colorado Good

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