Apr 052006
 

I got kind of busy today and almost forgot to post this weeks power rankings. Here they are. Below the power rankings I have also posted how each team has done against the top 10, middle 10 and bottom 10 teams in the power rankings.

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank
1 1 Ottawa 0.703 0.487 0.676
2 2 Detroit 0.693 0.482 0.631
3 3 Dallas 0.587 0.520 0.615
4 4 Buffalo 0.613 0.490 0.599
5 8 Calgary 0.587 0.511 0.596
6 5 Colorado 0.567 0.516 0.587
7 9 Anaheim 0.560 0.518 0.582
8 6 Carolina 0.627 0.474 0.573
9 7 San Jose 0.541 0.518 0.568
10 12 Edmonton 0.507 0.524 0.542
11 10 Nashville 0.560 0.494 0.539
12 11 Vancouver 0.519 0.515 0.537
13 14 Montreal 0.527 0.499 0.535
14 13 Los Angeles 0.494 0.522 0.526
15 16 Toronto 0.493 0.509 0.522
16 15 Philadelphia 0.560 0.471 0.510
17 18 Phoenix 0.467 0.527 0.508
18 19 NY Rangers 0.540 0.472 0.498
19 20 Tampa Bay 0.520 0.480 0.492
20 17 Minnesota 0.454 0.525 0.492
21 21 Atlanta 0.480 0.487 0.472
22 24 New Jersey 0.487 0.473 0.450
23 22 Boston 0.414 0.512 0.447
24 23 Florida 0.453 0.484 0.441
25 25 NY Islanders 0.412 0.484 0.403
26 26 Columbus 0.387 0.502 0.387
27 27 Chicago 0.331 0.509 0.339
28 28 Washington 0.331 0.497 0.337
29 29 St. Louis 0.297 0.509 0.306
30 30 Pittsburgh 0.284 0.496 0.290

AdjWinP is a teams winning percentage when shootouts are considered ties and there are no points awarded for overtime losses
SchedStr is an indication of a teams relative difficulty of schedule
Power Rank is the teams expected winning percentage if team played all .500 teams

Record Against Top 10 Power Ranked Teams

Pos Team GP Wins Losses OTW SOW OTL SOL Trad. Win%
1 Carolina 11 7 4 0 1 0 1 0.636
2 Ottawa 16 9 7 0 0 1 2 0.625
3 Calgary 31 18 13 1 1 2 3 0.613
4 Detroit 23 14 9 1 2 2 1 0.587
5 Dallas 32 22 10 2 8 2 1 0.578
6 San Jose 32 14 18 3 1 3 4 0.484
7 Atlanta 19 9 10 0 0 1 0 0.474
8 Colorado 31 12 19 0 0 1 4 0.452
9 Nashville 32 15 17 2 2 4 0 0.438
10 Phoenix 39 18 21 3 3 1 1 0.436
11 Edmonton 31 15 16 3 5 0 2 0.435
12 New Jersey 15 7 8 0 2 0 1 0.433
13 Minnesota 38 17 21 0 2 0 0 0.421
14 Vancouver 37 16 21 1 3 2 2 0.419
15 Philadelphia 15 6 9 1 2 1 2 0.400
16 Florida 19 7 12 2 0 0 1 0.395
17 Los Angeles 39 15 24 1 2 3 0 0.359
18 Boston 25 8 17 2 1 1 2 0.340
19 Anaheim 30 10 20 2 2 2 2 0.333
20 Buffalo 15 5 10 1 1 0 1 0.333
21 NY Rangers 15 6 9 1 2 0 0 0.333
22 Washington 18 6 12 1 0 1 0 0.333
23 NY Islanders 16 5 11 0 1 0 1 0.312
24 Toronto 24 6 18 1 1 0 4 0.312
25 Tampa Bay 18 5 13 1 0 0 1 0.306
26 Montreal 22 7 15 1 1 3 0 0.295
27 Columbus 29 9 20 1 4 0 2 0.276
28 Chicago 31 8 23 1 1 2 1 0.258
29 St. Louis 30 7 23 1 3 2 3 0.233
30 Pittsburgh 16 2 14 0 0 2 1 0.156

Record Against Middle 10 Power Ranked Teams

Pos Team GP Wins Losses OTW SOW OTL SOL Trad. Win%
1 Ottawa 28 21 7 1 2 0 2 0.750
2 Anaheim 29 19 10 1 0 1 4 0.724
3 Detroit 26 18 8 1 0 1 1 0.712
4 Buffalo 28 19 9 2 3 1 4 0.696
5 Montreal 24 15 9 3 0 3 1 0.646
6 Colorado 29 18 11 2 0 1 1 0.638
7 Vancouver 24 14 10 1 0 1 2 0.625
8 Edmonton 31 18 13 2 2 2 2 0.581
9 Carolina 25 15 10 1 2 3 1 0.580
10 Tampa Bay 19 12 7 1 2 0 0 0.579
11 NY Rangers 22 12 10 1 1 4 1 0.545
12 Los Angeles 22 12 10 2 2 1 1 0.523
13 Dallas 29 15 14 0 0 1 0 0.517
14 Calgary 28 14 14 0 1 1 1 0.500
15 Nashville 17 9 8 1 2 0 1 0.500
16 Washington 26 13 13 0 3 2 2 0.481
17 New Jersey 26 13 13 1 3 1 1 0.462
18 San Jose 26 11 15 4 0 1 2 0.462
19 Phoenix 21 9 12 1 1 0 1 0.429
20 Toronto 23 9 14 2 0 1 1 0.413
21 Minnesota 23 10 13 1 1 3 0 0.413
22 Columbus 27 11 16 1 2 0 0 0.370
23 Boston 29 9 20 0 0 2 3 0.362
24 Florida 25 8 17 2 1 3 2 0.340
25 St. Louis 24 6 18 1 0 2 3 0.312
26 Philadelphia 21 6 15 2 1 2 2 0.310
27 Chicago 24 6 18 2 0 1 2 0.292
28 Atlanta 25 8 17 2 3 1 1 0.280
29 Pittsburgh 27 7 20 2 1 3 1 0.259
30 NY Islanders 26 6 20 0 2 1 0 0.192

Record Against Bottom 10 Power Ranked Teams

Pos Team GP Wins Losses OTW SOW OTL SOL Trad. Win%
1 Los Angeles 16 13 3 1 1 0 0 0.781
2 San Jose 16 12 4 1 0 0 1 0.781
3 Detroit 26 20 6 1 1 2 1 0.769
4 Philadelphia 39 29 10 4 1 2 2 0.756
5 Dallas 14 12 2 0 3 1 0 0.750
6 Nashville 26 19 7 0 1 1 2 0.750
7 Toronto 27 20 7 2 2 0 1 0.722
8 Ottawa 30 20 10 0 0 0 2 0.700
9 Anaheim 16 11 5 0 1 2 1 0.688
10 Calgary 16 10 6 1 0 0 2 0.688
11 Buffalo 32 22 10 2 1 0 0 0.672
12 Colorado 15 11 4 1 3 0 1 0.667
13 Carolina 39 27 12 3 3 1 0 0.654
14 Atlanta 30 19 11 3 2 0 3 0.650
15 NY Islanders 32 22 10 3 5 1 2 0.641
16 NY Rangers 38 24 14 1 4 4 3 0.618
17 Montreal 29 17 12 3 1 0 2 0.603
18 Phoenix 15 9 6 2 0 1 0 0.600
19 Minnesota 15 8 7 0 1 1 3 0.600
20 Vancouver 16 10 6 0 1 0 0 0.594
21 Tampa Bay 38 23 15 3 3 2 2 0.592
22 Florida 31 19 12 2 3 2 1 0.581
23 Columbus 19 12 7 3 2 1 0 0.579
24 Boston 22 11 11 2 0 2 3 0.568
25 New Jersey 34 19 15 2 4 4 2 0.529
26 Chicago 19 9 10 3 1 3 2 0.500
27 Edmonton 14 5 9 0 0 2 4 0.500
28 St. Louis 20 7 13 1 1 2 2 0.375
29 Pittsburgh 31 10 21 2 0 3 3 0.371
30 Washington 30 6 24 0 3 3 3 0.200
Apr 052006
 

Had a good night last night going 4 for 4. Hopefully tonight will be just as good. There actually aren’t too many games of significant importance tonight. The biggest game would be San Jose at Colorado. Colorado seems to be in a decent position to make the playoffs but not in the comfortable zone yet while San Jose is going to try to use some of its games in hand to catch Vancouver or Edmonton.

Home Team Fair
HTOdds
Road Team Fair
RTOdds
Predicted Winner Confidence
Buffalo -107 Ottawa 107 Ottawa Some
Washington 128 Carolina -139 Carolina Good
Florida -113 Atlanta 112 Florida Some
Toronto -157 NY Islanders 136 Toronto Good
New Jersey -189 Pittsburgh 147 New Jersey Good
Chicago 123 Nashville -130 Nashville Good
Colorado -125 San Jose 120 Colorado Some
Calgary -142 Phoenix 129 Calgary Good
Apr 042006
 

Just fout games on the schedule tonigth but there is a big game between the Rangers and Flyers as these two teams are in a tight battle for top spot in the Atlantic division and 3rd seed in the playoffs. The Rangers currently hold a 2 point advantage over the Flyers with both teams having 7 games left after tonights game.

In the west the Kings continue to try to claw their way back into a playoff spot helped themselves a lot with a win over Vancouver last night but are in tough against Anaheim tonight.

Home Team Fair
HTOdds
Road Team Fair
RTOdds
Predicted Winner Confidence
NY Rangers -117 Philadelphia 115 NY Rangers Some
Montreal -142 Boston 129 Montreal Good
Minnesota -198 St. Louis 149 Minnesota Good
Anaheim -188 Los Angeles 146 Anaheim Strong
Apr 032006
 

There are 10 games on the NHL schedule tonight which is a very large number for a Monday night. The big game of the night in the east is Florida at Tampa. A Florida win would put them just 4 points behind Tampa for the 8th spot in the east and they still have a game to play. A Florida win would also allow Atlanta (who plsy Ottawa) and Toronto (who plays Buffalo) a chance to close the gap a little as well (Atlanta to 3 within points and Toronto to within 5 points with both teams having a game in hand). Of course, a Tampa win does wonders for improving their playoff chances and would put Florida 8 points back with just 7 games remaining and their playoff hopes all but over.

The big game in the western conference is Vancouver-Los Angeles. Vancouver currently sits in 7th spot but just 4 points ahead of 10th place Los Angeles with the Kings holding a game in hand. A Vancouver loss and the Canucks playoff hopes would once again be a big question mark as every team chasing them has games in hand. San Jose is just 4 back and have 3 games in hand.

Home Team Fair
HTOdds
Road Team Fair
RTOdds
Predicted Winner Confidence
Carolina -204 Washington 151 Carolina Strong
Toronto -104 Buffalo 104 Buffalo Some
Ottawa -172 Atlanta 141 Ottawa Good
Tampa Bay -132 Florida 124 Tampa Bay Some
Nashville -175 Columbus 142 Nashville Good
Dallas -134 San Jose 125 Dallas Some
Colorado -207 Chicago 151 Colorado Strong
Calgary -162 Detroit 138 Calgary Good
Edmonton -126 Phoenix 121 Edmonton Some
Los Angeles -167 Vancouver 140 Los Angeles Strong
Apr 022006
 

It was a bit of a crazy night for hockey last night including 4 shutouts, 3 of which no one could have really expected. Those three were Toronto shutting out Buffalo 7-0, Washington shutting out Ottawa 1-0, and Los Angeles shutting out Dallas 1-0. The other shut out was Montreal 2-0 over Boston as Huet got his 7th shut out of the season and 3rd in a row over the Boston Bruins (he’ll likely try for a 4th straight over Boston on Tuesday).

The big game today is Vancouver at Anaheim though it is seemingly becoming less important as Los Angeles and San Jose are falling a bit behind the 7th place Canucks and 5th place Ducks. But a win will certainly provide some extra breathing room.

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Home Team Fair
HTOdds
Road Team Fair
RTOdds
Predicted Winner Confidence
NY Islanders -138 Philadelphia 127 NY Islanders Good
Minnesota 103 Detroit -104 Detroit Some
Pittsburgh -113 New Jersey 111 Pittsburgh Some
Anaheim -125 Vancouver 120 Anaheim Some
Apr 012006
 

Sorry for being a little later than usual. Here are tonights game predictions. I am calling the Florida-Tampa game the game of the night with Calgary-Edmonton a close second. The reason Florida-Tampa is the game of the night is because the outcome of this game will tell us if Florida has any chance at the playoffs. Florida currently trails Tampa (and Montreal and New Jersey) by 8 points which is quite a lot to make up in just 9 games. But tonighs game is the first of 3 that the Panthers and Lightning have against each other before the season ends. If Florida can win all 3 of those games they would only have to make up 2 points in the other 6 games which is certainly possible. A loss tonight and we can pretty much put the final nail in the coffin of what seems to be a never give up Panthers team which is 10-2 in their last 12 games. If you like cheering for the underdog, cheer for the Panthers. They are actually a pretty good team now that they are mostly healthy and Luongo is as good of a goaltender as there is.

Home Team Fair
HTOdds
Road Team Fair
RTOdds
Predicted Winner Confidence
Philadelphia -141 New Jersey 129 Philadelphia Some
Toronto -101 Buffalo 101 Buffalo Some
Montreal -138 Boston 127 Montreal Some
Ottawa -253 Washington 160 Ottawa Strong
Atlanta -138 Carolina 128 Atlanta Good
Columbus -129 Chicago 122 Columbus Some
Florida 124 Tampa Bay -131 Tampa Bay Good
Nashville -306 St. Louis 167 Nashville Strong
Edmonton -159 Calgary 137 Edmonton Good
Los Angeles -142 Dallas 129 Los Angeles Good
San Jose -135 Phoenix 126 San Jose Some