Game Predictions – 3/31/2006

For the first time in quite a while we have more meaningless games than meaningful games. The Islanders-Pittsburgh, Detroit-Chicago and St. Louis-Columbus games are completely meaningless with espect to playoff positioning. The Carolina-Florida game is only marginally meaningful with Florida still having an outside shot of making the playoffs (just because they have 3 games against Tampa and winning all three would allow them an opportunity to catch them) and…

March 31, 2006
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NHL Game Predictions – 3/30/2006

There are seven games on the schedule tonight with a couple of them being extremely important with respect to the playoffs. The big game in the East is Atlanta at Tampa. Atlanta currently trails Tampa, New Jersey and Montreal by 5 points as those 3 teams are tied for 6th, 7th and 8th spot in the east. Atlanta does hold a game in hand but a loss would make it…

March 30, 2006
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NHL Power Rankings – March 29, 2006

Here are the NHL Power Rankings as of March 29, 2006. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 0.704 0.488 0.679 2 2 Detroit 0.697 0.483 0.636 3 4 Dallas 0.599 0.516 0.622 4 3 Buffalo 0.627 0.492 0.617 5 6 Colorado 0.568 0.516 0.592 6 8 Carolina 0.634 0.477 0.586 7 7 San Jose 0.549 0.515 0.573 8 5 Calgary 0.570 0.508 0.572 9 10…

March 29, 2006
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Game Predictions – 3/29/2006

Kind of short on time this morning so no analysis but here are the predictiosn for tonights games. Games that could go differently than the algorithms predictions are Boston-Buffalo (Buffalo hasn’t played well the past 2 weeks) and Islanders-Rangers (rivalry games often result in upsets). Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Buffalo -161 Boston 138 Buffalo Good NY Islanders 127 NY Rangers -138 NY Rangers Good Carolina…

March 29, 2006
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Game Predictions – 3/28/2006

There are seven games on the schedule today most of which have some level of playoff significance. Of interest to me is the Ottawa/New Jersey game since I will be going to the game. It is also a fairly important game for both teams as New Jersey sits just 3 points ahead of 9th place Atlanta so their playoff spot is anything but a certainty. The game is also important…

March 28, 2006
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Game Predictions – 3/27/2006

Just 5 NHL games on the schedule tonight and the only game with real significant playoff implications is the Los Angeles-Vancouver game. Currently Vancouver sits tied for 8th spot with San Jose (though San Jose holds 2 games in hand) and Los Angeles trails them by just 1 point (with a game in hand over Vancouver). I like Vancouver to win this game. The other western conference game is a…

March 27, 2006
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Game Predictions – 3/26/2006

I am short on time this morning so not much time for analysis. But then, there aren’t any games with huge playoff implications anyway. At least not like last nights Montreal-Toronto or Edmont0n-Vancouver. But there are some predicted close games. Take a look at the fair odds for Chicago-San Jose and Pittsburgh-Montreal. I could see Pittsburgh upsetting Montreal but I have my doubts that Chicago will upset San Jose. Home…

March 26, 2006
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Predicted Final NHL Standings

Here are the updated predicted final standings heading into tonights games. Unless Toronto, Florida and the Islanders can gain some ground quickly it looks like the east is going to turn into a 2 team race between Atlanta and Montreal though Tampa and New Jersey can’t feel too secure about their positions either. Buffalo has fallen out of the race for the division and conference title but Carolina could still…

March 25, 2006
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Game Predictions – 3/25/2006

There are 12 games on the NHL schedule today with several being extremely important for playoff positioning. Toronto-Montreal – This is close to a must win for Toronto. It will be extremely difficult for the Leafs to make the playoffs if they let the teams they need to catch, including Montreal, get much further ahead. I think Toronto will come out strong in this game and have a good chance…

March 25, 2006
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Game Predictions – 3/24/2006

Last night is a perfect example why I should never doubt my algorithms predictions. My algorithms predictions went 7 for 7 last night but me thinking I know more than my algorithm bet on 4 games, 3 of which (Toronto, Washington and San Jose) were counter to my algorithms predictions and as a result I lost money on the night. No more. I am going to be more conservative with…

March 24, 2006
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