NHL Game Predictions – 1/31/2006

Six games on the NHL schedule tonight including several that have a significant impact on the playoff drive in the eastern conference as 6th place Tampa plays 8th place Toronto, and 9th place Montreal and 10th place Atlanta are all in action and only 6 points separate those 4 teams. Should be an interesting night. We will also get to see Doug Weight make his Carolina debut. I’m curious as to how they will set up their lines now that they have Staal, Weight and Brind’amour all at center as well as Matt Cullen. My guess is Staal moves to

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How bad will St. Louis be?

St. Louis has played 49 games this year and has won just 11 of them and they have just traded their two best players, Mike Sillinger and Doug Weight. Keith Tkachuk is sure to be traded as soon as he is healthy and guys like Dean McAmmond, Scott Young, Eric Weinrich and Dallas Drake are all surely on the trade block too. So my question is, how many of the Blues final 33 games will they win? Enter you choice in the poll in the right side menu.

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NHL Game Predictions – 1/30/2006

We had a good day yesterday going 3 for 3 in our predictions. With 7 games on the schedule lets see if we can get 5 or more correct. Since we started using the new prediction algorithm on Friday here is our success rate. Strong: 3 of 3 – 100.0% Good: 0 of 0 – 0.0% Some: 6 of 12 – 50.0% Since Saturday I started testing the prediction algorithm as a betting tool by betting $5 on every game on the predicted winner. After starting with $100 my current total is $96.96. Here are the predictions for todays games.

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NHL Game Predictions – 1/29/2006

I realized this morning that I had a small mistake in my prediction algorithm which caused the confidence levels to be reported incorrectly but the predicted winners were correct. Of the games the past 2 days they all should have been listed as ‘some’ confidence except for the Rangers-Pittsburgh and Carolina-Atlanta games which were both strong confidence predictions. It was a bit of a rough day yesterday with several upsets occuring. Particular surprises were Tampa destroying Philadelphia, Nashville falling to Columbus and Anaheim looking mighty in an easy win over the Kings. The result is after 2 days of using

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Game Predictions – 1/28/2006

So far so good with the new prediction algorithm. It went 2 for 2 last night. There are 10 games tonight, I am hoping it will get at least 7 correct. I have also decided, completely for your amusement of course, to place bets on all these predictions to see if it can be used to actually make a profit. I have signed up with Bowmans Sportbook, deposited $100 and will bet $5 on every game as predicted by my prediction algorithm. I’ll keep you updated on how things go. Since you have predictions for all games now I am

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New Algorithm Game Predictions – 1/27/2006

It is a very quiet day on the hockey schedule today so I figured it would be a perfect time to unveil version 2 of my prediction and power ranking algorithms which I have spent the last day or two tweaking. The new algorithms are much more robust and have allowed me to improve my success rates by a couple percent as well as allow me to make predictions on all games. That means no more pick-em games. Here are my (would be) success rates under the old and new systems. Old: Strong: 94 of 129 – 72.9% Good: 144

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The Trade Market

We are coming up to the trading season so it is time to start looking at some players who might be changing teams and where they might be going. Goalies Martin Biron, Buffalo Sabres Dwayne Roloson, Minnesota Wild Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks Andrew Raycroft, Boston Bruins Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals There are a number of teams looking to improve theirgoaltending situation with Vancouver, Edmonton and Colorado would top the list but the question remains whether any of the above goalies are significant improvements over what they currently have. Biron is the most likely to be traded and has played very

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Game Predictions – 1/26/2006

It’s another busy day on the NHL schedule with 13 games being played including some surprising games that are too close to call as well as some interesting matchups. Boston/Washington – Boston has gone 4-0-1 in it’s last five games and as a result is starting to play iteself back into playoff contention. They continue that playoff push tonight against a team which is sure to be a bit angry after getting embarassed 8-1 at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Boston is the favourite and I expect them to win. Atlanta/Carolina – This is a pick-em game

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NHL Power Rankings – January 25, 2006

There was stability at the top and the bottom of the list but elsewhere there was a fair amount of movement in the rankings from last week. Some of the movers included: Calgary: +2 to 5th Nashville: +3 to 6th NY Rangers: +2 to 13th Phoenix: +2 to 14th Colorado: -3 to 9th Toronto: -3 to 15th Montreal: -4 to 18th NY Islanders: -4 to 23rd Rank Last Week Team Win-Loss Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 33-14 15.0 2 2 Carolina 33-15 14.4 3 3 Dallas 31-17 13.7 4 4 Detroit 32-17 12.8 5 7 Calgary 29-20 12.5 6 9

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Game Predictions – 1/25/2006

I am a little later than usual with these picks but better late than never. We have 5 games on schedule tonight but only one of significant importantance on playoff race. That game is the Anaheim/Edmonton game. Edmonton currently sits in 8th spot in the western conference with 56 points while Anaheim is in 10th with 52 points. Edmonton needs to win games like this if they are going to keep their hold on that final playoff spot as Anaheim and San Jose are really starting to threaten to take it from them. I am not sure Edmonton has the

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