Say No to Bigger Nets…

Yahoo has a story today that the NHL is very seriously considering bringing bigger nets to the NHL and the process of doing so is further along that most people think. This scares me in a big way because it would once again prove to me that the NHL is clueless. Only simple minded people would think that bringing in bigger nets would solve all of the NHL’s woes. If just scoring a bunch of goals is what people really wanted no one would watch soccer and yet it is the biggest sport everywhere else in the world. If just

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Western dominance of power rankings…

Yesterday I posted my power rankings which had the top 8 teams all from the western conference. The best eastern conference team was Buffalo sititng in 9th spot. That led Greg Ballentine of The Puck Stops Here to comment “top 8 from the west. I’m not sure I buy that the west is THAT much better.” I must admit that it is a little hard to believe, at least until you dig a little deeper. This is almost unbelievable but the combined record of those top 8 western conference teams vs the east is an outstanding 37-13-8. I had to

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Game Predictions – 1/31/2007

Here are tonights game predictions for tonights game. The Rangers-Leafs game is of critical importance to both teams as the Leafs and Rangers are tied in the standings, 2 points behind 8th place Tampa. The Rangers have been struggling with inconsistency recently and they need to improve on that to make the playoffs. Both the Leafs and Rangers have suffered from inconsistent goaltending. On another note, this will be the last time I will post game predictions on HockeyAnalysis.com. Beginning tomorrow I will start posting game predictions on my new website PredictHockey.com. PredictHockey.com is the replacement website for my game

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Toronto or Philadelphia?

There are two challenges that I have on occassion put out to my readers. The first is to name one positive thing that Bettman has done for the NHL in the past 15 years. The second is, can you point me to an article in which Steve Simmons has anything good to say about the Leafs. Both things are somewhere between very rare to completely non-existent. Today Steve Simmons has the gaul to suggest that the Philadelphia Flyers are better off than the Leafs. Steve Simmons premise for the arguement is that: a) The Flyers suck so bad they will

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NHL Power Rankings – 1/30/2007

Not a lot of movement in this weeks Power Rankings. The top 4 teams remain the same as do teams ranked 10-15 and the bottom 5 teams. Guess that makes sense considering most of the week was spent on the all-star break. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 San Jose 0.660 0.515 0.663 2 2 Detroit 0.627 0.527 0.653 3 3 Anaheim 0.647 0.518 0.653 4 4 Nashville 0.676 0.504 0.643 5 6 Vancouver 0.550 0.544 0.622 6 5 Calgary 0.561 0.541 0.606 7 8 Dallas 0.550 0.526 0.572 8 9 Edmonton 0.490 0.554 0.561 9

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Game Predictions – 1/30/2007

Here are the game predictions for tonights games. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Buffalo -217 Boston 154 Buffalo Strong Philadelphia 129 Tampa Bay -142 Tampa Bay Good Carolina -129 Toronto 123 Carolina Some Atlanta -105 New Jersey 105 New Jersey Some Ottawa -101 Washington 101 Ottawa Some NY Islanders 123 Detroit -129 Detroit Good Pittsburgh -125 Florida 120 Pittsburgh Some St. Louis -103 Minnesota 103 Minnesota Some Colorado 103 Nashville -104 Nashville Some Calgary -187 Los Angeles 146 Calgary Strong Vancouver -165 Columbus 139 Vancouver Good San Jose -141 Dallas 129 San Jose Good

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More Bettman haters

Hopefully we’ll start to see far more of this written in the main stream media and hopefully the hockey governors will begin to listen and finally realize that Bettman must go. Dan Wetzel writes: There has never been a commissioner of a major North American sports league this inept, yet the league’s board of governors keeps employing him, keeps giving him another chance to sink this once-proud, once-vibrant league to new depths. He goes on to talk about how the schedule was set up to create new rivalries but in the process killed key rivalries like Toronto-Detroit. And on the

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Game Predictions 1/29/2007

Only 2 games tonight but a couple of important ones. As reported yesterday in my predicted standings, the Bruins and Rangers are amongst the group of teams fighting for the final couple playoff spots and tonight these two teams face off for 2 important points in the standings. The other game sees the struggling Canadiens face the hot Senators. The Canadiens need to get back to winning some games consistantly or else they face the threat of falling back in the standings to the point where they could join the pack of teams fighting for the final playoff spot or

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Predicted Standings, Thoughts on playoff races

The NHL all-star break is over and it is now time for teams to put up or shut up when it comes to making their push for the playoffs because about a month from now they will have to decide once and for all whether to be buyers or sellers in the trade deadline market. So, I figure this is a good time to take another look at where each team stands when it comes to playoff positioning. The predicted standings below are utilize our knowledge of past performance and past schedule of strength and develop an estimated future schedule

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Game Predictions – 1/28/2007

Here are the game predictions for todays games. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Chicago 118 Calgary -122 Calgary Good Atlanta -344 Philadelphia 171 Atlanta Strong Detroit -152 Colorado 134 Detroit Good Anaheim -134 Dallas 125 Anaheim Some Vancouver -109 San Jose 108 San Jose Some

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