Game Predictions 2/8/2006

I had another very good day with yesterdays predictions going 6 for 7 and only missing Chicago’s upset win over Phoenix. One has to wonder if the whole Tochett gambling ring charges had anything to do with that. Over the last 3 days my predictions are 14 for 15 which is extraordinary. I can’t expect that to continue, but wouldn’t it be nice if it did? In any event, yesterdays results boosted my betting balance to $120.91. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Rangers(+150) Ottawa(-170) Ottawa Strong Philadelphia(-175) NY Islanders(+155) Philadelphia Good Columbus(+105) Los Angeles(-125) Columbus Some Pittsburgh(-185)

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Game Predictions – 2/7/2006

Last night was another one of those good prediction nights as all 6 games were predicted correctly. Although I didn’t bet on the Ottawa-Pittsburgh game because the odds were so bad the other 5 wins were enough to push me back over the break even mark. We have another 7 games tonight and I’ll be happy with 5 of 7. Record since starting with the new prediction algorithm: Strong: 9 of 13 – 69.2% Good: 6 of 9 – 66.7% Some: 26 of 46 – 56.5% Current betting balance: $103.89 Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Washington (-115) Florida

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Trouble accessing hockeyanalysis.com?

I am having some trouble with my webhosting company. It seems that to me access to my website is sometimes down or extremely slow. Every time I complain about it they try to blame me and my web connection. Has anyone else tried to visit hockeyanalysis.com and experienced slow loading times or even not being able to access the site altogether? Has anyone experienced it multiple times? Please post in the comments or drop me an e-mail your experiences. I need to find out whether I should be looking for a new webhost or not so your comments would be

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Game Predictions – 2/6/2006

Here are the game predictions for tonights games. I’ll get back to more detailed analysis tomorrow when my schedule gets back to normal. Yesterday’s performance: 2 for 2 Current Betting Balance: $87.58 Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Islanders Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Some Ottawa Pittsburgh Ottawa Strong Dallas Nashville Dallas Some Edmonton Anaheim Edmonton Some Vancouver Columbus Vancouver Strong San Jose Calgary Calgary Some

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Game Predictions – 2/5/2006

It was another mediocre day on the game prediction front yesterday getting just over half of the games correct. There are only 2 games being played today and one game provides a very interesting pick to win. Betting balance: $79.35 Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Boston Carolina Carolina Some Montreal Philadelphia Montreal Some I can’t really argue with Carolina over Boston but Montreal over Philadephia is interesting as it is counter to what many people would predict.

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Game Predictions – 2/4/2006

We have a full slate of games today several of them which will have significant impact on the NHL plauoff races. Unfortunately I am short on time this weekend so I won’t be abelt o give you any detailed analysis. Last night: 0-4 Betting balance: $87.53 Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Montreal Boston Montreal Some Philadelphia NY Rangers Philadelphia Some St. Louis Dallas Dallas Strong Nashville Chicago Nashville Strong Colorado Detroit Colorado Some Toronto New Jersey Toronto Some Atlanta Florida Atlanta Some Buffalo Ottawa Ottawa Some Pittsburgh NY Islanders NY Islanders Good Tampa Bay Washington Tampa Bay Good

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Beating the best

To win the Stanley Cup, you have got to win in the playoffs and that means beating the best of the rest. That led me to ask the question, who is the best at beating the best? To answer that question I started with my power ranking calculation based on games through last night. Just for reference, here are the updated power rankings. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 0.696 0.511 0.723 2 4 Dallas 0.604 0.522 0.639 3 2 Colorado 0.565 0.538 0.634 4 3 Carolina 0.683 0.476 0.632 5 5 Calgary 0.594 0.518

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Game Predictions – 2/3/2006

Last night was a tough night. My predictions were just 5 of nine but 2 of my losses happened by a shootout and another occurred in OT. Lots of close games last night. I bet on all 9 games last night but the four losses caused me to be down every so slightly from $108.04 to $107.53. Not a big loss really. Tonight we have four games on the schedule with a few interesting ones. New Jersey/Carolina – This is the debut of Doug Weight and we will get to see how they make room for him on the team.

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Game Predictions – 2/2/2006

Well, yesterday wasn’t quite as good a day for predictions as the previous day but I was still 3 for 6 so it wasn’t all bad. With 9 games today I am aiming for 6 or preferably more correct. My betting total has dropped to $108.04 because I only bet on 4 games since the Rangers and Red Wings odds to win were so bad (-450 for the Rangers and only point spread odds for the Wings). That means I was just 1 for 4 in the games I bet on getting only Dallas correct. Today I have bet on

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NHL Power Rankings – Feb. 1, 2006

These are the first power rankings under my new algorithm which I think is a fair bit more accurate, and possibly more controversial, than the previous version. The improvements made include: -Treating shootout wins/losses as ties. The shootout does not accurately reflect the ability of a team to win or lose games (when a skills compention is not required) and as we all know, there is no shootout in the playoffs. -Overtime losses are treated as losses. No points for them. -A significantly improved method of accounting for difficulty of schedule. The result of these changes is that you will

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