NHL Power Rankings – March 15, 2006

Here are this weeks NHL Power Rankings. Significant moves up the list included several teams making a late season push for the playoffs: San Jose (11th to 8th), Anaheim (13th to 9th), Nashville (12 to 10), Toronto (17 to 15) and Atlanta (23 to 21). Those dropping down the list included Vancouver (8 to 11), Edmonton (9 to 12), Minnesota (14 to 16), Phoenix (15 to 20) and New Jersey (22 to 24). Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 0.703 0.489 0.679 2 3 Buffalo 0.672 0.483 0.634 3 2 Detroit 0.688 0.483 0.629 4

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Game Predictions – 3/15/2006

We have just 3 games on the schedule tonight and only one of which will have much impact on the playoff race. That being Anaheim at Detroit. An Anaheim win will put them tied with Edmonton and Vancouver for 7th spot and 1 point behind 6th place Los Angeles but Anaheim has multiple games in hand against all of those teams. Detroit will be a tough game for Anaheim though. A potential, if not likely, upset on the night would be Florida over Philadelphia. The Flyers are just 2-4-1 in March while Florida has won 3 games in a row

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Game Predictions – 3/14/2006

I had a good night with the predictions last night going 4 for 5 missing only the Tampa win over Montreal. We have 8 games on the schedule tonight. Here are a few worth watching closely. Toronto-Boston – Toronto needs to win this game if they plan on staying in the playoff race because Thursday they begin a tough part of the schedule with 7 of 8 games on the road to finish the month oif March including games against Buffalo, NY Rangers, Carolina, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and 2 against Montreal. Boston is a very mediocre team now with

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Predicted Final Standings…

A couple weeks ago I posted some predictions on the final NHL standings. Here are the updated predictions through last nights games. The predictions are calculated based on the number of games each team has left as well as the difficulty of their remaining schedule compared to their performance so far and their difficulty of schedule so far. In the east we have the playoff race tightening up some with Tampa predicted to get the final playoff spot with 89 points. Atlanta and the NY Islanders are tied for 9th with 85 points and Toronto is next with 83 points.

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Game Predictions – 3/13/2006

We have 5 games on the schedule today, a couple of them with huge playoff significance. In the east we have the free falling Tampa visiting the hot Montreal Canadiens. Montreal has moved 1 point ahead of the Lightning into 7th spot int he east and would desperately like to put some separation between the two teams forcing Tampa to deal with the Thrashers, Islanders and Leafs who are looking to grab a playoff spot. The number 1 thing the Thrashers, Islanders and Leafs is for the game to no go into overtime and become a 3 poitn game. In

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Game Predictions – 3/12/2006

Short on time again this morning but I should be back to normal tomorrow and provide more analysis. The interesting game to watch in my mind is Atlanta vs NY Rangers. A win for Atlanta and they will be putting themselves within 2 points of Tampa. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Washington Ottawa Ottawa Strong Colorado Calgary Colorado Some Buffalo Boston Buffalo Strong NY Rangers Atlanta Atlanta Some Chicago Detroit Detroit Strong Minnesota Edmonton Minnesota Some Pittsburgh Philadelphia Philadelphia Good Anaheim Phoenix Anaheim Some

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Game Predictions – 3/11/2006

We have a really full schedule today with a total of 12 games being played, some with significant playoff position importance. Unfortunately I have no time this morning for analysis so you’ll have to do your own analysis. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Philadelphia Buffalo Buffalo Some San Jose Nashville San Jose Some Boston NY Islanders Boston Some Toronto Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Some Montreal NY Rangers Montreal Some Columbus Edmonton Edmonton Good Pittsburgh New Jersey Pittsburgh Some Florida Carolina Carolina Good Detroit Chicago Detroit Strong St. Louis Los Angeles Los Angeles Some Phoenix Anaheim Phoenix Some Vancouver

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NHL Predictions – 3/10/2006

I had a pretty good night on the predictions last night going 6 for 8 and only getting Columbus’s win over Phoenix and Nashville’s overtime win over Vancouver wrong. I’ll accept that. We have 5 games on the schedule tonight and while none are head to head battles for the playoffs a couple feature teams with playoff hopes. The most interesting game has to be Ottawa at Atlanta. Ottawa is the predicted winner according to my prediction algorithm but if i had to bet I would probably go with Atlanta in this game. Atlanta has won 4 of 5 since

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Here is why Toronto has a chance at the playoffs…

Most people are writing Toronto’s chances of making the playoffs and while I will admit they have an uphill battle there are several positives on their side. They play 2 games against Montreal. If they win those 2 games they will close the game on Montreal by 4 points. They also play Tampa on Saturday and could close the gap on them by 2 points as well. They have 2 games against Pittsburgh who weren’t very good to start with and now are even worse that they have traded Recchi and Jackman. They play 3 games against the Islanders who

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Deadline deals…

There seems to be a lot of minor deals being made today so I am going to update this post with all the minor deals with the most recent deals at the top of the list. More major deals requiring more significant analysis will get their own post. 19. Vancouver trades defenseman Steve Mccarthy to Atlanta for a conditional draft pick 18. Calgary picks up Jamie Lundmark from Phoenix for a draft pick. 17. Phoenix acquire Kvasha from Islanders for a 3rd round pick. A few years ago the Islanders traded Jokinen and Luongo to Florida for Parrish and Kvasha.

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