NHL Game Predictions – 2005/11/17

Below are the game predictions for tonights NHL games. In the 2 pick-em games I think Detroit will rebound after a loss to Calgary last night and the Islanders will beat a struggling Tampa team. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Boston Toronto Toronto Some Buffalo Washington Buffalo Good Carolina NY Rangers Carolina Good Ottawa Florida Ottawa Strong Tampa Bay NY Islanders Pick N/A Edmonton Detroit Pick N/A Los Angeles Vancouver Los Angeles Some

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NHL Power Rankings – November 16, 2005

Here are the NHL Power Rankings for this week. I have added a new column to the table which shows last weeks rankings which was requested by a reader a couple weeks ago. Big gainers this week are Detroit (5th to 2nd), Nashville (11th ot 7th), Calgary (15th to 12th), and New Jersey (24th to 19th). Biggest droppers are Montreal (2nd to 5th), Colorado (8th to 11th), Boston (22nd to 25th) and Florida (25th to 28th). Rank Last Week Team Win-Loss Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 13- 3 15.0 2 5 Detroit 15- 4 13.0 3 3 Carolina 13- 4

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Game Predictions 11/16/2005

Here are tonights NHL game predicitons. The game of the night has to be Detroit at Calgary. Although Detroit is the predicted winner, don’t count out Calgary who is on a 7 game winning streak. But Detroit has won 3 in a row as well so it could go either way. I am also interested in seeing how entertaining this game will be. One might expect it will be but my Entertainment Index doesn’t rank Calgary or Detroit very highly. Calgary is ranked 13th in the NHL while Detroit is sitting in 25th position. TSN has this game as its

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Carolina-Ottawa game comments

So I went to the Carolina-Ottawa game last night. I could give you a complete redux of the game but Chris McMurtry has done a great job of that over at Hockey Country. I’ll just add a few additional comments. In general, Ottawa didn’t have the same scoring touch as they have in most other games this year. Although they had some good scoring chances they just couldn’t finish it tonight like they have most other nights. Certainly some of it was Martin Gerber’s excellent play but as Chris pointed out there were a lot of missed/fanned on shots, shots

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Game Predictions 11/15/2005

Here are the predictions for tonights NHL games. Despite the prediction of Buffalo over New Jersey, I think this game could go the Devils way. Brodeur is back and healthy and it seems that the Devils might be getting back to playing solid defensively. Carolina should also bounce back after a 9-0 thrashing from Atlanta but whether they can beat Ottawa again is questionable. In the two pick-em games I’ll take Washington over Tampa and Los Angeles over Nashville. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Buffalo New Jersey Buffalo Good Washington Tampa Bay Pick N/A Toronto NY Rangers Toronto

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Entertainment Index Version 2.0

A little over a week ago I posted a ranking of the most entertaing games and teams in the NHL. That post generated a fair amount of interest so I decided to create a new and improved ranking system – Entertainment Index Version 2.0. I believe that fans want to see 3 things in a hockey game: 1. Lots of offense and scoring 2. Physical play and intensity 3. A close game With this in mind I created the following point scoring system to evaluate every game played in the NHL so far through Sunday, November 13th. Here is the

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There's no pleasing some…

The Toronto hockey media is quite amusing. Prior to the season starting the Leafs were old, injury prone, had horrible defense, wouldn’t score enough goals to win, Ed Belfour was a huge question mark and the Leafs would be fighting for their lives for a playoff spot. Eighteen games into the season the Leafs have 20 points and sit in a playoff spot despite having played the toughest schedule in the league and despite playing without their captain for the majority of those games. But is the hockey media in Toronto happy? No, apparently not. Eric Lindros is on pace

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Game Predictions 11/13/2005

Here are todays NHL game predictions. The game of the day has to be Detroit at Vancouver. Although Vancouver has been struggling recently these are two of the top teams in the west and Vancouver should be able to get up for this game. My number crunching software says this is too close to call and for good reason. It could go either way but I’ll predict Vancouver breaks out of their slump and wins a close game. In the other pick-em game I’ll pick Edmonton over Chicago. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Columbus Los Angeles Los Angeles

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Watch out for Atlanta…

Before the season began I picked Atlanta as a team who could surprise people and possibly even unseat Tampa at the top of the Southeast division. Early in the season this looked like a terrible prediction but the Thrashers are on a roll and look to be reaching the quality of play I thought they would. The Thrashers have won 3 games in a row outscoring their opposition by a score of 19-2 crushing the Carolina Hurricanes (who had won 9 in a row and 11 of 12) 9-0 tonight. Why the slow start and the subsequent turnaround? The reasons

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