Game Predictions – 12/14/2005

Here are the game predictions for tonights NHL games. The most interesting game of the night features Dallas at Buffalo as two of the hottest teams in the NHL match up. Buffalo has won 11 of their last 13 games and Dallas has won 13 of their last 15 and my game prediction algorithm has the game as a pick-em. Don’t expect a high scoring game but the game will be close and both teams will fight for the win. I think Dallas is the better team though so I expect they will win. The other pick-em game features Tampa

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Game Predictions – 12-13-2005

Here are today’s game predictions. I don’t have much time for analysis this morning but Phoenix over Montreal is a n upset possibility and in the four pick-em games I’ll go with NY Rangers, Detroit, Edmonton and St. Louis. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Islanders Minnesota NY Islanders Good NY Rangers Vancouver Pick N/A Carolina Chicago Carolina Good Atlanta Detroit Pick N/A Florida Nashville Nashville Good Columbus Philadelphia Philadelphia Good Montreal Phoenix Montreal Some New Jersey Edmonton Pick N/A St. Louis Pittsburgh Pick N/A

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March of the Penguins…

“I think we’re really running out of time…We probably ran out of time already. It’s been unfortunate that the city and the county haven’t been willing to work with us over the last two or three years. … We’ll sit down with everybody and understand what’s at stake for our investment and what’s best for the franchise” —Mario Lemieux – December 10, 2005 “Today, our Board of Governors gave its unanimous approval to a Collective Bargaining Agreement that signals a new era for our League — an era of economic stability for our franchises, an era of heightened competitive balance

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Turin Team

Everyone seems to have an opinion on it and since I can be opinionated at times, I may as well give mine. This would be my choice for the Canadian Olympic team selection. Gagne Sakic Iginla Smyth Spezza Heatley Richards Lecavalier St. Louis Morrow Thornton Shanahan Arnott Niedermayer Jovanovski Redden Pronger Foote Regehr Blake Brodeur Joseph Turco Notable Exceptions: Eric Staal Alex Tanguay Paul Kariya Marc Savard Mark Recchi Rick Nash Glen Murray Todd Bertuzzi Patrick Marleau McCabe Phaneuf Roberto Luongo I am not convinced that all three Tampa players should make the team but I have a hard time

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Game Predictions – 12/12/2005

Just 3 games on the schedule tonight but potentially a couple pretty entertaining ones. The most interesting will probably be Ottawa at Colorado, the top 2 scoring teams in the league. I would have probably predicted that Ottawa would break out of their mini-slump and win this game but word is that Spezza is going to miss this game due to injury and Redden won’t return either. That’s really going to hurt Ottawa offense which was already slumping. Luckily for the Senators they are playing a team who has had pretty inconsistant goaltending all year. If Colorado gets any kind

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Game Predictions – 12/11/2005

Four games on the schedule today, all inter-conference, none overly exciting. Atlanta-Chicago, while pretty much meaningless in the standings, has the most potential to be an entertaining hockey game as there is the potential for quite a few goals scored. It is also the only pick-em game of the day so it has the potential to be a close game as well. I think this, like pretty much every Atlanta game, comes down to goaltending. If Atlanta gets good, or even decent, goaltending, they will win. If they don’t, they won’t. I think they will win. Home Team Road Team

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Game Predictions – 12/10/2005

For the first time in, well, maybe ever, the Ottawa Senators aren’t a favourite to win their game as the Ottawa-Calgary game is classified as a pick-em by my forumula. This is going to be another very tough game for Ottawa as they are playing back to back nights on the road which is never easy, plus with overtime and the shootout the game went later than usual. Zdeno Chara played almost 33 minutes last night and one wonders how he is going to feel tonight, especially later in the game. Most importantly though is will the Ottawa Senators view

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Ruined game…

Which of these numbers stands out from the rest? 17 13 6 6 9 12 9 9 13 11 7 22 I even made it easy for you. I put it last. Yes, the number 22 is substantially higher than any of the other numbers listed above. Those numbers above are the total number of power plays in games played on Thursday and Friday and the 22 represents the number of power plays in the Ottawa-Vancouver game. In what was one of the most anticipated games of this NHL season we saw the referees ruin the flow of the game

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Game Predictions – 12/9/2005

Four games on schedule tonight with the creme of the crop clearly being Ottawa at Vancouver. Here we see two of the better teams in the NHL face off, both able to score, and both with a good set of defensemen. The difference is obviosuly goaltending. Ottawa’s has been solid while Vancouver’s has been inconsistant. Should Vancouver get good goaltending tonight this is going to be a difficult game for Ottawa and it should be fun to see if they can get off to a good start on this road trip as it doesn’t get any easier as the visit

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Game Predictions – 12/8/2005

Eight more inter-conference games on the schedule tonight, but unlike some people who have complained about there not being enough inter-conference games, I have a hard time getting too excited about most of tonights games. Is Anaheim at Buffalo really that interesting? What about St. Louis at Tampa or Florida at San Jose? Edmonton at Philly is somewhat interesting and the Rangers at Nashville has some intrigue because they are both playing fairly well but I can’t say there are any ‘must see’ games on the schedule tonight. Why? Mostly because none of the games mean much in the standings.

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