Game Predictions – 1/15/2007

It is Martin Luther King day in the U.S. so there are several afternoon games today. That means if you have the day off and have NHL Center Ice you can watch NHL hockey from Noon to approximately 12:30am when the late game ends. That’s a lot of hockey but there are some good games today. The first game has Tampa facing the Islanders and both these teams are in a tough fight for the final playoff spot or two in the east. Next up is a traditional rivalry between Buffalo and Boston. The two 4:00 games aren’t that interesting

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Game Predictions – 1/13/2007

It’s Hockey Day in Canada today so if you like you can pretty much watch hockey or people talking about hockey all day long. The triple header on CBC starts with Montreal-Ottawa in the afternoon, Vancouver-Toronto in the evening and Calgary Edmonton as the late game. All of those games should be quality games. Other games to watch are the Rangers-Bruins. Both teams have struggled a bit recently and are in tight for the final playoff spot or two in the east. The Atlanta Thrashers and Carolina Hurricanes meet up as the second place Hurricanes have closed the gap to

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Game Predictions – 1/12/2007

There are 3 games tonight, two of them pretty good and one not so good. The first game sees New Jersey and Atlanta matching up in what is a race for second spot in the eastern conference. For most of the season Atlanta has easily been the second best team in the eastern conference behind Buffalo but now several teams are right on their tail including the Devils who are just 2 points back and have 2 games in hand. Should be a good game. The other good game is yet another northwest division matchup as the Oilers take on

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Game Predictions – 1/11/2007

Here are tonights game predictions. Games to watch are Toronto-Buffalo, Ottawa-Rangers, Dallas-Anaheim, Calgary-Colorado, and Minnesota-Vancouver. All are either rivalry games or important games in the standings. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Boston -134 NY Islanders 125 Boston Some Buffalo -113 Toronto 112 Buffalo Some NY Rangers -102 Ottawa 101 Ottawa Some Philadelphia 142 Montreal -173 Montreal Good Carolina -210 Florida 152 Carolina Strong Tampa Bay -109 Washington 108 Tampa Bay Some Dallas -104 Anaheim 103 Anaheim Some Colorado 104 Calgary -104 Calgary Some Phoenix 106 Detroit -106 Detroit Some Vancouver -138 Minnesota 127 Vancouver Good Los

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Is the new NHL killing rivalries? (and entertainment?)

This morning on the Team 1200 Pierre McGuire commented that the Colorado-Detroit game last night was an entertaining game. He was then asked if that rivalry was still there and his immediate comment, almost before the question was finished being asked, was and emphatic no, not like before and that none of the players or personalites are there anymore. That got me to thinking, are any rivalries as good now as before? I can tell you that the rivalry hatred between the Senators and Leafs isn’t what it used to be pre-lockout. Sure, Sens fans still love to boo the

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Game Predictions – 1/10/2007

Summary of last nights Ottawa-Boston game that I attended: First Period: Boston is bad, but Ottawa is horrific. Boston scored 2 goals. Second Period: Boston joins Ottawa in the horrific category. No goals, shots are 6-3 Ottawa. Third Period: Boston still horrific, but Ottawa plays well, gets some bounces capitalizes on horrific defense by Boston (who were missing Chara and Stuart), and scores 5 goals including an empty netter. First 2 periods were complete yawners. Anyway, tonight we will see New Jersey get an easy 2 points over St. Louis and Buffalo get an easy 2 points over Chicago, while

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Power Rankings – 1/9/2007

Here are the NHL Power Rankings through games of last night. Anaheim has managed to maintain top spot though just barely over division rival San Jose. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Anaheim 0.693 0.515 0.692 2 4 San Jose 0.667 0.521 0.691 3 3 Detroit 0.631 0.526 0.658 4 2 Buffalo 0.655 0.464 0.602 5 8 Calgary 0.550 0.537 0.594 6 5 Dallas 0.570 0.523 0.591 7 9 Vancouver 0.535 0.534 0.590 8 7 Nashville 0.631 0.491 0.580 9 12 New Jersey 0.595 0.469 0.549 10 13 Minnesota 0.452 0.552 0.537 11 15 Edmonton 0.488

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Game Predictions – 1/9/2007

There are 11 games on the schedule tonight with some key matchups and a few yawners. I’ll be at the Sens-Bruins game tonight so I am hoping it will be a good one and it should as these two teams are battling it out in the standings. The Islanders-Rangers game is worth whatching too as the Islanders look to be falling apart while the Rangers are starting to look like they might be getting things going again. Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh meet each other both hoping to get a win to show they deserve to still be contenders for the

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Predicted Standings

There is some discussion on the Battle of Ontario blog about predicted standings and since I have the code already written from last season I figured I’d chime in and give the results I have through yesterdays games. The preditions they made on the Battle of Ontario are fairly accurate and working in schedule strength doesn’t have a major impact on their predicted standings for the east. But the playoff race is real tight with just 7 points separating 5th spot from 11th spot so everything is still wide open. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts Schedule Strength

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