Goals Production…

David Singer over at The Ice Block has posted some interesting numbers about how the goals per game in the NHL has dropped over the first couple months. As you may know, I have been keeping track of this stuff as well and have a few interesting tidbits to add. While I don’t dispute his numbers I don’t necessarily think that it means production in the NHL is on a downward spiral. The chart below shows a comparison of how the goals per game production has changed over the first 408 games of the NHL season and how it compares

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NHL Power Rankings – December 7, 2005

Some significant movement in this weeks rankings. Despite playing without Forsberg, Philadelphia managed to win a couple games which was enough to bump them into 6th spot, up from 12th. The big traders were also movers as San Jose rose to 21st from 24th and Bostonr ose to 22nd from 26th. Those dropping included Los Angeles who dropped from 4th to 8th, Colorado who dropped from 7th to 11th, Toronto who dropped from 10th to 14th, and Atlanta who fell to 26th from 22nd. Rank Last Week Team Win-Loss Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 21- 4 15.0 2 2 Dallas

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Game Predictions – 12/7/2005

I don’t have a lot of time for analysis today but here are today’s game predictions. There is actually not that many interesting games tonight. Colorado-Boston could be interesting if Bsoton can continue it’s post-trade boost. The pick-em game is somewhat interesting because you’ve got the Calgary Flames who are really just the old New Jersey Devils in disguise – a good team who relies significantly on defense and goaltending. Calgary has the second best goals against average but the second worst goals for average. While Calgary is definitely the better team than New Jersey they are on the road

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Superstar Slowdown?

For ther first 20 or so games, several players were playing at a ~150 point season pace but most of them have seen that pace drop dramatically over the past week or so. In the last 4 games here are what the league leaders in points have done. Spezza – 4 points Jagr – 4 points Heatley – 4 points Alfredsson – 2 points Forsberg – injured Staal – 4 points Thornton – 6 points Gagne – 3 points Savard – 2 points Demitra – 2 points McCabe – 3 points Kovalchuk – 1 point Prospal – 2 points Naslund

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Game Predictions – 12/6/2005

Seven games on the schedule for tonight, all of them inter-conference matchups, one of them with upset potential. The Flyers, according to my number crunching, appear to be the slight favourites against Calgary but this is one I believe has an excellent chance of going Calgary’s way. The big reason for this is Philadelphia’s injuries. Forsberg, maybe the best player in the NHL, will be out, and Pitkanen, probably the Flyers best defenseman, will be out. Although they still have a lot of good players those two are a majr part of the Flyers offense and Calgary is already pretty

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Game Predictions – 12/5/2005

Another 3 games on the schedule tonight. Well, actually, depending on the schedule you are looking at there might only be two. That’s because the third game is a make up game between Ottawa and Florida which was cancelled due to the hurricane. This game could also be a potential upset game as well because Ottawa will be playing without Chara, Redden and Havlat. They still have the big 3 up front (Spezza, Heatley and Alfredsson) but if Luongo can provide some timely goaltending and the Panther forwards can capitalize on a now significantly weakened defense they may be able

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Game Predictions – 12/4/2005

So far this year there have been 14 games between the two conferences. The conferenced have split those games, each winning 7 with 6 of those games going to overtime and 4 of those going to a shootout. So far it seems he conferences are fairly evenly matched. Tonight features 3 more inter-conference games. Islanders in Detroit, Buffalo in Colorado, and Boston in Vancouver with all of the western conference teams the predicted winner. I tend to agree with all of those predictions. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Detroit NY Islanders Detroit Good Colorado Buffalo Colorado Some Vancouver

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Game Predictions – 12/3/2005

Day 2 of inter-conference play. The conferences split last nights 4 games and there is another 9 inter-conference games tonight plus an eastern only game. The two games to watch will be San Jose at Toronto and Boston at Edmonton. Both Boston and San Jose had excellent first games after the big trade as often happens. It will be interesting to see how long they can keep the momentum going. San Jose will be in tough playing their second game in 2 nights while Boston went on the road which might alleviate some of the pressure of the new guys

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How times have changed…

I watched a fair bit of the Ottawa-Los Angeles game tonight and two things are worth noting. 1. I can’t believe how the Ottawa announcers (and fans) have changed their tune since 2003-04 and earlier. Back then the Leafs were the dirty, goon team who had to fight to win. They were a disgrace to hockey and the Maple Leafs, particular Domi and Tucker, should be ashamed. They were a black eye on the game of hockey. Tonight the Ottawa Senators initiate several fights and they the announcers are all but cheering them on saying it is so great to

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10 players you haven't heard of before

Just a quick post to point out 10 guys who are having solid seasons who many of you have probably never heard of before. Forwards Marek Svatos – Colorado Avalanche, Right Wing, 12 goals, 24 points, 6 game winning goals Tim Connolly – Buffalo Sabres, Center, 7 goals, 20 points, +5 Ales Kotalik – Buffalo Sabres, Right Wing, 13 goals, 18 points, 9 PP goals Andy MacDonald – Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Center, 8 goals, 17 points, +11 Jussi Jokinen – Dallas Stars, Left Wing, 8 goals, 15 points, 9 PP points Defensemen Joe Corvo – Los Angeles Kings, Defense. 5

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