Game Predictions – 4/14/2006

Just one game tonight but it is an important game. Should Tampa lose the playoff hopes of Atlanta and Toronto improve dramatically. A Tampa win and they dim dramatically. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Carolina -139 Tampa Bay 128 Carolina Some

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Game Predictions – 4/13/2006

Another busy night on the NHL schedule with 13 games set to be played and 4 important games to be played. In the east, Atlanta plays Washington and Toronto takes on the NY Islanders. I have pretty much counted Atlanta and Toronto out of the playoff hun for a week or so now but with just 3 or 4 games left we have to still consider the possibility that either one of them could still make it. Why? Because Tampa has horrible goaltending and could easily lose 2 or even all 3 of their final games. Here are the remaining

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NHL Power Rankings – April 12, 2006

Here are this weeks power rankings. Teams on the move are San Jose (up 3 to 6th), Montreal (up 3 to 10th), Toronto (up 3 to 12th), and Minnesota (up 3 to 17th) while Edmonton (down 3 to 13th) and Nashville (down 3 to 14th) have slipped back. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Ottawa 0.671 0.495 0.664 2 2 Detroit 0.699 0.479 0.631 3 4 Buffalo 0.615 0.496 0.615 4 5 Calgary 0.601 0.511 0.611 5 3 Dallas 0.589 0.517 0.610 6 9 San Jose 0.564 0.515 0.586 7 6 Colorado 0.563 0.515 0.583 8

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Game Predictions – 4/12/2006

There are just 2 games on the schedule tonight but the Vancouver-San Jose game is an extremely important game. If San Jose wins they clinch a playoff spot. If Vancouver wins they pull into a tie with 8th place Edmonton which is all they really need for a playoff spot as Vancouver has more wins than the Oilers (wins being the first tiebreaker). Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Buffalo -136 Montreal 126 Buffalo Some Vancouver -111 San Jose 110 San Jose Some

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Game Predictions – 4/11/2006

Busy schedule again tonight with 12 games set to be played. The two most important games are Edmonton at Detroit and Colorado vs Phoenix. Edmonton currently sits 2 points ahead of 9th place Vancouver while Colorado is just 3 points ahead. Both teams would like to add to that. An Edmonton win or even an over time loss would also officially eliminate the Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs. Also worth watching are the Anaheim and Nashville games. It appears most likely that these two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs but home ice advantage is

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Game Predictions – 4/10/2006

Not much time for analysis but the big game of the night is Anaheim at Vancouver. A Vancouver win will pull them into a tie with Edmonton for 8th while an Anaheim win will pull them to within 2 points of 4th place Nashville and Anaheim a shot at home ice advantage in round 1 of the playoffs. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Boston -156 Washington 136 Boston Good Montreal 101 Ottawa -101 Ottawa Some Vancouver -112 Anaheim 111 Vancouver Some Phoenix -150 San Jose 133 Phoenix Good

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Game Predictions – 4/9/2006

Here are tonights game predictions. There are a couple of games to watch today. With Vanocuver winning last night the games of Edmonton vs St. Louis and San Jose vs Dallas have more significance. Also worth watching is Colorado and Minnesota as this game could be Theodore’s debut game with the Avalanche. The Avalanche have shown themselves to be a very good team but Peter Budaj is not going to be the goalie to lead them to playoff success so we all need to watch and see if somehow Jose Theodore can regain his form of previous years. Home Team

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Game Predictions – 4/8/2006

We have a busy schedule today with 13 games set to be played. With the east pretty playoff teams pretty much set, the big games are in the west. Los Angeles plays Anaheim and Vancouver playing Calgary are big games as the Kings and Canucks try to get wins against better teams in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. A Los Angeles loss and you can pretty much count them out of the playoffs as they would sit 4 points back with 3 games left (and San Jose would have 6 games left). Vancouver isn’t in quite as critical

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NHL Game Predictions – 4/7/2006

It looks like the eastern conference playoff teams are all set now as Tampa has a 6 point lead over Atlanta with just 6 games left. It would take Tampa losing probably 5 of 6 to give Atlanta or Toronto a chance and I don’t think that will happen. So it is all about playoff position now. Also with Ottawa losing 5 of their last 7 games the conference lead is not back up for grabs as Carolina is just 2 points back. Tonight they play Washington for the 5th and final time in the past 2 weeks and 3rd

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NHL Game Predictions – 4/6/2006

Eastern Conference Big Game of the Night: Atlanta at Tampa. Tampa pretty much eliminated Florida’s chances by winning on Monday. Tonight they hope to do the same to Atlanta. An Atlanta win keeps their slim playoff chances alive. These teams play one more game next Tuesday and both these games are must wins for Atlanta. Western Conference Big Game of the Night: San Jose at Los Angeles: Los Angeles sits 2 points behind 8th place San Jose and 3 behind 7th place Edmonton. They need this win to keep them in the hunt because they also have fewer games left

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