Power Rankings – 2/27/2007

Busy day today but here are the power rankings for this week. There hasn’t been a lot of movement from last week. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Detroit 0.643 0.506 0.631 2 4 Anaheim 0.609 0.512 0.612 3 3 Vancouver 0.573 0.526 0.612 4 7 Dallas 0.582 0.522 0.610 5 2 San Jose 0.603 0.511 0.610 6 5 Nashville 0.633 0.500 0.608 7 6 Calgary 0.563 0.524 0.587 8 8 Buffalo 0.605 0.483 0.586 9 9 Ottawa 0.581 0.489 0.575 10 10 New Jersey 0.611 0.464 0.552 11 11 Minnesota 0.508 0.528 0.547 12 12

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Should NBA problems enlighten the NHL?

I just came across an interesting article on MSNBC written by Mike Celizic titled NBA has become a big, fat dud. The basis of the article is that for the most part the NBA is a league of dunks and one-on-one plays and not a team game. I am worried that maybe the NHL is heading down this path. And if your greatest players aren’t fighting each other for titles, who really cares how many points they score or how many times they dunk? It’s not as if there’s any great drama in a dunk, not like there is in

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TheScore.ca trade deadline coverage

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have been asked (and accepted) to be a part of TheScore.ca trade deadline coverage. I will be offering some analysis of the trades as they are are announced. Tyler from mc79hockey.com will is also participating . I’ve already made my first post on the Anson Carter trade so be sure to check it out.

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Comparing the point distibution schemes

For the life of my I cannot understand why the NHL believes that it is OK to have some games worth 2 points while others are worth 3. Last night was crazy. There were 12 games last night and a total of 32 points were handed out in the standings as 8 of the 12 games went to overtime and 4 of those going to a shoot out. Despite of this the NHL General Managers refuse to recommend a change the current setup by saying no to the idea of a 3 point regulation win which would have made all

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NHL Power Rankings – 2/20/2007

There was a fair bit of movement this past week as the east won some big games against the west. The result is some eastern teams moving up and some western teams moving down. Buffalo has jumped into 6th spot and Ottawa into 9th while Edmonton dropped out of the top 10 and into 12th spot. There also seems to be several groupings taking fold. The top grouping is the top 8 teams. The Power Rank of these teams ranges from a high of .620 to a low of .589. Ottawa and New Jersey are a tad behind those teams

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What's after Forsberg

Yesterday we saw the the best player available at this years trade deadline (maybe still the best player in the NHL when healthy) traded to Nashville and many people are now anointing the Predators as the Stanley Cup favourites. I am not ready to do that yet as the Predators are still a significantly inexperienced team and good defense and goaltending can more often than not defeat a good offense. But this should help the Predators but if I was Nashville I’d go for broke this year and try to add more experience to their 3rd and 4th lines. But

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Predicted Standings – 2/14/2007

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted my predicted final standings so I figured I should update them. In the west the playoff picture has cleared up a bit but in the east the playoff picture is as unclear as ever. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts Schedule Strength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts Total Pts 1 Buffalo 57 80 0.473 25 0.467 35 115 2 New Jersey 56 74 0.460 25 0.439 34 108 3 Pittsburgh 55 67 0.458 26 0.473 30 97 4 Ottawa 57 67 0.481 24 0.464 29 96 5 Tampa

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NHL Power Rankings – 2/13/2007

Two weeks ago I wrote about the western conference dominance in the power rankings. At the time the wetern conference had a dominating record against the eastern conference. In the past couple weeks there have been a lot of interconference games played with mixed results for the eastern conference. Atlanta beat Colorado but lost to Vancouver and Edmonton. Toronto beat St. Louis but lost to Nashville. Carolina lost to Minnesota. Lowly Los Angeles beat Florida and took Tampa and Washington to overtime. On the positive side, Buffalo beat Calgary, Pittsburgh beat Nashville and Philadelphia surprised Detroit. The end result is

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Ottawa's streaky offense.

The Ottawa Senators have to have one of the streakiest offenses in the NHL in recent years. First 6 games: 10 goals, 1.67 goals/game Next 3 games: 21 goals, 7.00 goals/game Next 4 games: 8 goals, 2.00 goals/game Next 15 games: 60 goals, 4.00 goals/game Next 13 games: 29 goals, 2.23 goals/game Next 7 games: 38 goals, 5.42 goals/game Next 7 games: 15 goals, 2.14 goals per game (2 of these goals were empty net goals) That is up and down offense if I ever saw it and that is one thing Ottawa is going to need to straighten out

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NHL Power Rankings 2/6/2007

Here are this weeks power rankings. Not a huge difference from last week with the exception of Pittsburgh who have jumped from 25th last week to 18th this week and Atlanta who has fallen from 17th to 23rd. The Power Ranks are so tight from 17th (.449) to 23rd (.441) that significant movement in that group can probably be expected to continue. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 San Jose 0.651 0.519 0.665 2 3 Anaheim 0.642 0.520 0.653 3 2 Detroit 0.630 0.522 0.644 4 6 Calgary 0.587 0.540 0.629 5 4 Nashville 0.657 0.505

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