Game Predictions – 3/6/2006

A bit of a bad day on the predictions yesterday going just 2 for 5. I missed out on the Columbus shootout win over Anaheim, the St. Louis upset of Vancouver and the Dallas win over Chicago. Since I began using the current version of the prediction algorithm my success rates are as follows: Strong: 16 of 28 – 57.1% Good: 20 of 29 – 69.0% Some: 58 of 101 – 57.4% Overall: 58 of 101 – 59.5% I am satisfied with Good and Some success rates but the Strong should be much higher. Most of the losses in the

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Making Predictions on Final Standings

The push for the playoffs is on and with the extremely unabalanced schedules it becomes important to look at which teams have the more favourable schedules between now and the end of the season to see who has the best chance of making the playoffs. So what I did was look at how many points a team has as of games through last night and compare that to the difficulty of their schedule so far and then based on the number of games and the difficulty of their remaining schedule make a prediction on how many points they should get.

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More Toronto Hockey Media amusement

I think I have seen it all now. A member of the Toronto hockey media, George Gross, is lecturing Toronto Maple Leaf fans to lay off criticizing coach Pat Quinn. The hunt for Quinn’s skin is nothing new for Toronto’s so-called sports fans. They do it all the time, regardless of whether they condemn the coaches of the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Argonauts or Blue Jays. If their team doesn’t win, it’s never the players, the general manager, or the owner’s fault. It always is the fault of the coach. I find that interesting because the leaders in the Fire Pat

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Game Predictions – 3/5/2006

I had a decent night on the prediction front last night going 7 for 11. It’s probably about what I would expect. We have 5 games on the schedule tonight. Let’s aim for a 4 for 5 night. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Edmonton Nashville Edmonton Some Anaheim Columbus Anaheim Good Chicago Dallas Chicago Some Minnesota Colorado Minnesota Some Vancouver St. Louis Vancouver Strong My prediction algorithm is constantly going to predict St. Louis to lose but in the last several weeks they haven’t done much of that and have won the majority of their games. Vancouver is

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Game Predictions – 3/4/2006

Last nights predictions were 5 for 6 with only the Vancouver-Chicago game, which Vancouver won in a shootout, being wrong. No time for analysis right now but here are today’s game predictions. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Los Angeles Columbus Los Angeles Strong Boston Buffalo Boston Some Toronto Ottawa Ottawa Some NY Islanders Philadelphia Philadelphia Some Atlanta Washington Atlanta Good New Jersey NY Rangers NY Rangers Some Pittsburgh Carolina Carolina Some Tampa Bay Montreal Tampa Bay Some Dallas Colorado Dallas Some Phoenix Detroit Detroit Some Calgary San Jose Calgary Some

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Alexander the Best

For those who still think that Sidney Crosby, or anyone else (in my mind Lundqvist is the only other rookie worth considering), deserves the rookie of the year over Alexander Ovechkin you really need to watch this. He does everything. Not only do I think that Alexander Ovechkin is the best rookie in the NHL I think he is easily one of the top 5 forwards in the NHL and might even already be the best. Ovechkin is 2nd (to Jagr) in goals scored and 8th in points. But what might be the most amazing stat is that he has

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Why we should never give the media much credit for anything – Reason #283

I’ve criticize the main stream hockey media (particularly the Toronto one) here many times and I will continue to do so every once and a while. One of the reasons I started this website was to counter some of the pure nonsense that some in the media choose to write. Today’s target is Al Strachan. He writes an article about big spending teams still winning (Colorado, Philadelphia, Detroit, NY Rangers) but cites two previously big spending teams who aren’t winning this year (St. Louis and Toronto) but justifies St. Louis no longer being a good team because they chose to

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Game Predictions 3/3/2006

We have 5 games on schedule tonight with two of them having huge impacts on the western conference playoff race. Currently Edmonton holds the final playoff spot in the west with Anaheim, San Jose and Minnesota hot on their tails. Tonight these four teams face off with Anaheim facing Edmonton and Minnesota in Anaheim. These are extremely important games for these four teams. A Minnesota loss and you could almost eliminate the Wild from the playoff race as since they have played more games than the other three teams and passing three teams with fewer games left on the schedule

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Game Predictions – 3/2/2006

We have a busy day on the schedule tonight with 10 games being played several being playoff important games. Boston/Atlanta is a big game as both teams try to make a push for the final playoff spot in the east. If Kari Lehtonen plays again tonight I like the Thrashers in this game. Witht he 2 week break Lehtonen had more time to fully heal his groin injury and he looked great last night stopping 34 of 36 shots. Florida and Montreal play under similar circumstances. Montreal currently holds the 8th and final playoff spot while Florida is 8 points

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NHL Power Rankings – March 1, 2006

Here are the first post-olympics power rankings. There have been some significant movers since the previous power rankings on February 8th. Big risers include Detroit (8th to 3rd) and San Jose (13th to 9th) while the big drop was by Toronto (12th to 17th) who lost to the lowly Capitals for the 3rd time this season. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 0.679 0.503 0.694 2 2 Colorado 0.575 0.535 0.639 3 8 Detroit 0.669 0.487 0.624 4 4 Calgary 0.595 0.519 0.616 5 5 Buffalo 0.643 0.486 0.612 6 3 Dallas 0.586 0.515 0.604

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