Doan, Draper make team Canada

Team Canada men’s olympic team has been announced and while different than the one I would have chosen I understand almost all selections made. That is, except for Shane Doan and Kris Draper. It was obvious the team was based significantly on past experience in both the World Cup in 2004 and Olympics in 2002. This philosophy makes sense, except when those players are not playing well and are clearly being outplayed by others. Kris Draper is having a poor year in Detroit this year. He has just 1 goal and 7 points and has by far the worst +/-

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NHL Power Rankings – December 21, 2005

Here are this weeks NHL Power Rankings. The biggest gainers on the week are the Edmonton Oilers who moved into 12th position from 17th while the biggest fallers are the Vancouver Canucks who fell from 3rd to 7th. Interestingly these two teams will be playing each other tonight as the Oilers hope to continue that momemtum while the Canucks hope to stop it. Rank Last Week Team Win-Loss Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 23- 8 15.0 2 2 Dallas 21-10 13.7 3 4 Nashville 21-10 13.0 4 5 Carolina 22-11 12.8 5 6 Buffalo 23-11 12.7 6 8 Los Angeles

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Game Predictions – 12/21/2005

Here are today’s game predictions. I am short on time for an in depth analysis but like Minnesota-Dallas the other day, Chicago-Nashville being a pick-em game is interesting. Nashville is definitely the better team. The other game worth keeping an eye on is Edmonton at Vancouver. This should be a very entertaining game. Finally, the New Jersey-Islanders game could also be provide an upset as the Devils should continue to play better under a new coach. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Islanders New Jersey NY Islanders Good Columbus Dallas Dallas Strong Chicago Nashville Pick N/A Calgary Los

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Game Predictions – 12/20/2005

Yesterday’s predictions had Dallas-Minnesota as a pick-em game and I commented that it seemed odd considering Dallas seems to be a much better team. But apparently my predicting formula knew something I didn’t as Minnesota did win what was a fairly close 2-1 game. There are a couple of important divisional games tonight, the most important probably being Tampa at Carolina as both those teams look like they will battle it out for the southeast division title. Carolina is favoured in this game but don’t count out Tampa as I think this game could go either way. The rest of

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Game Predictions – 12/19/2005

Before I get to today’s game predictions let me update everyone on my game prediction success rate. I think I am going to start doing this every monday. Strong: 70 of 97 predictions correct – 72.2% Good: 86 of 130 predictions correct – 66.2% Some: 59 of 106 predictions correct – 55.7% 97 games too close to predict Those numbers are just the algorithm generated results. With some additional knowledge like injuries and back up goalie use you should be able to improve on them. Now for today’s games. There are several interesting games being played tonight. The Buffalo Sabres

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Game Predictions – 12/18/2005

I am a little late with these today but better late than never right? The game to watch today is Colorado at the Rangers. Both teams have some skilled players and it should be a close game. In the pick-em game I’ll pick San Jose to win. They have been playing great since the trade for Thornton and I see that continuing for a while. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Rangers Colorado NY Rangers Some Washington Florida Washington Some Chicago Dallas Dallas Good Anaheim San Jose Pick N/A

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Game Predictions – 12/17/2005

The entertaining game of the night has to be Toronto at Ottawa. This is a rivalry that few other rivalries can rival. Although Ottawa is listed as a Strong favourite I expect Toronto to have a decent chance in this game. Why? Well, because rivalry games are usually close games. The key for Toronto is Ed Belfour (or Tellqvist if Belfour’s groin isn’t fully healed). Belfour has had a bit of an up and down season this year and if you aren’t on your game against the Senators, they can really run up the score. The key for Ottawa is

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Game Predictions – 12/16/2005

Four games on the schedule tonight, but none that I can really say are a must see. There was once a time where Chicago-St. Louis would have been an outstanding geam to watch but St. Louis is horrible this year and Chicago hasn’t been very good for quite a few years. It’s really sad to see how that Chicago franchise has been destroyed over the years. Chicago should be a big hockey city but bad management decisions (like not showing games on local TV) has ruined that. I guess if you live in the Los Angeles area the Kings-Ducks game

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Game Predictions – 12/15/2005

A busy night in the NHL tonight with 9 games on the schedule. Interestingly the home team is the favoured winner in every game except Detroit at Florida and the pick-em game, Vancouver at Philadelphia, which I will predict the road team, Vancouver, will win because of Philadelphia’s injury issues. An upset possibility is Chicago beating Nashville since Nashville will likely still be without top goalie Tomas Vokoun. But the biggest game of the night is Dallas at Ottawa. This might be the best of the west vs the best of the east. Ottawa still has some injury problems as

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NHL Power Rankings – December 14, 2005

Here are this weeks NHL Power Rankings. The Vancouver Canucks are this weeks big movers after securing wins against Ottawa and the Rangers. Vancouver rose from 10th position to 3rd. No other team rose or fell more than 3 spots. Rank Last Week Team Win-Loss Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 22- 6 15.0 2 2 Dallas 19- 8 13.9 3 10 Vancouver 19-11 12.2 4 3 Nashville 18-10 12.0 5 4 Carolina 19-11 11.9 6 7 Buffalo 19-11 11.9 7 5 Detroit 21-11 11.8 8 8 Los Angeles 18-13 11.7 9 6 Philadelphia 18-11 11.7 10 13 Calgary 18-13 11.6

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