Where's the logic?

What is it with Ottawa sports writers and their fascination with wanting the Leafs to trade Sundin. Today Bruce Garrioch is the guy who thinks the Leafs should trade Sundin. But let’s put the matter of whether the Leafs should trade Sundin or not to the side because I have some other beefs that need to be dealt with. That is the lack of logic, thought and basic understanding of the salary cap that Garrioch exhibits. Moving Sundin to a contender with cap room shouldn’t be difficult. Sure, but name a contender with cap room? Right. There aren’t any. A

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Game Predictions – 1/24/2006

We have another 9 games on the schedule tonight with a few more good ones to watch. Gotta love these conference and divisional battles. Buffalo/Rangers – Two surprisingly good teams face each other in what quite possibly could be a preview of a first round matchup. If that is the case then this is a battle for home ice advantage. These are two fairly evenly matched teams and it should be a pretty close game as indicated by it being a pick-em game. I’ll give the Rangers a slight edge since they are the home team and will predict a

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Thoughts on Leafs

For those of you who are Leaf fans, or just observers of the Leafs, I don’t need to tell you that the Leafs have struggled in recent weeks and have been somewhat inconsistent for much of the year. The question is why, and what can be done about it. The first thing to do is not to over react like some media members seem so quick to do. Today everyone seems to be writing about how Pat Quinn has lost the dressing room and should/might be fired and Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun can’t find anything interesting to write

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Game Predictions – 1/23/2006

There are 9 games on the schedule today which means a very busy schedule for a Monday. Some good geographic rivalry games too like Philadelphia/Pittsburgh, Ottawa/Toronto, Calgary/Edmonton and Los Angeles/Anaheim plus a very good division rivalry in Detroit/Nashville. It’s too bad we get such a sucky schedule yesterday and then so many good games today. I must say, the schedule has been pretty horrible this year and the NHL really needs to work on it a bit for next season. I can’t really argue with most of the predictions my algorithm spit out and I can’t see a lot of

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Game Predictions – 1/22/2006

Just 2 games on the schedule today, one good one, one not so good. The first game sees New Jersey put their 9 game winning streak on the line against the New York Rangers. This could be a battle of the goaltenders as Brodeur for New Jersey has been very good in recent weeks and Lundqvist for the Rangers ha been excellent all year. But since both goalies played yesterday there is a chance that one or both of them (more likely Lundqvist than Brodeur) will sit. If Lundqvist doesn’t play, New Jersey wins easily. If he does play this

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Predictions – 1/21/2006

It’s another very busy day on the hockey schedule with 13 games being played. And now that we are back to mostly within conference games they are more interesting and important games to watch as well. Here are a few of those. Detroit/Colorado – Some of the players have changed but the rivalry is still there and both teams have some quality talent on them. Detroit is fighting for first in the conference and Colorado is still trying to secure a playoff spot but the differences between these two teams are not that great. The differences can pretty much be

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Will the Real Senators please Stand Up

I have watched a fair number of Ottawa Senators games this year and I have to say that this is one of the hardest teams to figure out. They started the year out dominating everyone winning most of their games. But since early December they have been much closer to average than dominating. The image below show the number of points Ottawa (blue) has gained in running 10 game segments (i.e. point 1 is points in games 1-10, point 2 is for 2-11, 3 is 3-12, etc.). For the first half of their schedule up to now they floated around

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NHL Game Predictions – 1/20/2006

We had 12 games last night including 4 which ended up going to a shoot out. Let me make a bold prediction and say that tonights games won’t be quite as entertaining. Starting off the night we have a match up none of us has been waiting for as St. Louis takes their woes to Columbus. If that game doesn’t get you excited then maybe the match up of Chicago and Minnesota will. What? You say that one doesn’t get you excited either? Well, let me say that there is a chance that the Dallas-Tampa game might approach half decent.

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NHL Game Predictions – 1/19/2006

We have a very busy schedule tonight with a total of 12 games. Unfortunately not a lot of them are of the exceptional matchup variety. There are 10 games which have strong or good confidence predictions and not many of them I see being potential upsets but here are a few thoughts. Nashville/New Jersey – New Jersey hasn’t lost in 2006 and has won 7 in a row. Nashville is predicted to win but this is one game which could end up in an upset. Montreal/Calgary – Calgary is the better team and should win this game but every team

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NHL Power Rankings – Jan. 18, 2006

Ottawa continues to top the NHL Power Rankings but the Carolina Hurricanes are right on their tail and Dallas is not to far behind either. A Carolina win combined with an Ottawa loss might be enough to knock the Senators out of the top position which they have held from week 1. The big gainers on the week are the Colorado Avalanche as they rose from 13th to 6th. An 8 game winning streak tends to do those things. The other big gainer is Detroit who moved from 8th to 4th. On the dropping side is the Nashville Predators who

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