Game Predictions – 1/8/2007

Just one game tonight but nothing to get to excited about. It is an important game for Edmonton as they have fallen a bit back in the playoff race. They can’t afford to give away winnable games like this one. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Los Angeles -106 Edmonton 106 Edmonton Some

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Mid-season awards

We are just past the mid-point of the season and most teams have played 40-42 games so that makes it time to think about mid-season awards. Here are my votes through the first half of the season. Hart Trophy (MVP) 1. Marian Hossa – Hossa has his team in second spot in the eastern conference, he is tied for first in goals and second in points in the NHL plays on the power play and kills penalties. He deserves the MVP. 2. Jarome Iginla – A month ago Iginla probably wouldn’t garner much attention but a recent surge has him

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Game Predictions – 1/7/2007

There are six games on the schedule today which is a lot of a Sunday. I guess with the NFL regular season schedule complete the NHL feels it can start playing more Sunday games. The algorithms predictions have all the home teams winning but I think there could be a few road teams winning today. New Jersey should have a good chacne at beating Montreal and Phoenix is playing very well lately having won 5 in a row and had a good chance to beat Chicago. The late game of the night sees the Florida Panthers go up against Vancouver

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Game Predictions – 1/6/2007

Here are the game predictions for tonights games. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Boston -213 Philadelphia 153 Boston Strong Ottawa -113 New Jersey 111 Ottawa Some Montreal -155 NY Rangers 135 Montreal Good Toronto -134 Buffalo 125 Toronto Good Washington -163 Atlanta 138 Washington Good Carolina -135 NY Islanders 126 Carolina Some Nashville -133 St. Louis 125 Nashville Good Minnesota -199 Colorado 149 Minnesota Strong Calgary -117 Dallas 114 Calgary Some Los Angeles 122 Detroit -129 Detroit Good San Jose -289 Columbus 165 San Jose Strong

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Game Predictions – 1/5/2007

Wow, there were some crazy games last night. First after being down 2-1 heading into the second period Toronto scores 9 unanswered goals to win 10-2. In San Jose the Red Wings got up to an early 3-0 lead only to see the Sharks score the next 9 goals to win the game 9-4. And in Edmonton Patrik Stefan of the Stars does his best to give away the game by fumbling with the puck 2 feet in front of Edmonton’s empty net only to see the Oilers pick up the puck, quickly come back down the ice and score

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Updated player rankings and statistics

I have updated the player rankings and adjusted hits statistics which you can take a look at by clicking the appropriate link in the left side menu. I have also added adjusted takeaways and giveaways which like hits seem to have significant discrepancy between how game monitors in different cities have different threshholds in determining when gets a giveaway or takeaway gets awarded. You will find that usually the most skilled players are the ones at the top of the giveaway list. At first glance, that might be a surprise but when you think that these players also probably have

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Game Predictions – 1/4/2007

It’s a typical Thursday night with a lot of games scheduled and some quality games but three games stand out in my mind. The first is Toronto-Boston because these two teams might end up fighting each other for the final playoff spot in the east. The other two quality games are between quality western conference teams with Edmonton playing Dallas and San Jose playing Detroit. Dallas, San Jose and Detroit all should easily make it into the playoffs but Edmonton playing in the killer division will be in a fight for the playoffs through they may not be much less

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Crosby and making teammates better

One of my least favourite hockey announcers (Pierre McGuire) was on the Team 1200 radio station here in Ottawa this morning like he is every morning. Even though I don’t like him, I often listen to him to see what other rediculous thing he is going to say. Today the discussion turned to Sidney Crosby and McGuire inidicated he thought Crosby was the best player in the NHL because he makes the players around him better. You could certainly argue that Crosby is the most talented player in the NHL, but to claim he makes the players around him better

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Game Predictions – 1/3/2007

Just 3 games tonight but there is a premier matchup in the Senators vs Sabres. The Sabres have clearly been the better team this year overall, but the Senators have won 3 straight games against Buffalo after the Sabres won the first matchup of the season. Should be an interesting game but with the Senators injury woes I have to give the edge to Buffalo. Vancouver-Dallas could also be a good game but the third game of the night is a battle between lowsy teams as Columbus visits Los Angeles. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Ottawa

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Power Rankings – 1/2/2007

Here are the updated power rankings for this week. Although Anaheim has lost a few games in the past week or so they manage to hold on to top spot although Buffalo and Detroit aren’t far back now. Tonights game between the Ducks and Red Wings might change things. Philadelphia is still solidly in last spot. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Anaheim 0.720 0.492 0.676 2 4 Buffalo 0.679 0.486 0.656 3 3 Detroit 0.671 0.499 0.652 4 2 San Jose 0.650 0.499 0.638 5 6 Dallas 0.587 0.502 0.586 6 5 Montreal 0.579 0.494

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