Too good to play?

I don’t very often write about non-NHL stuff but when I heard about this it just disgusted me and this story deserves to get told so that those involved get thoroughly embarassed and shamed for what they have done. The story is about Jared Murray, an eight year old hockey player in Shawville, Quebec who happens to be the son of Tim Murray, who is a scout for the New York Rangers and nephew of Ottawa Senators coach Bryan Murray. Jared Murray, who is 4’9″ and 110 pounds, has been ruled inelligable to play in the Outaouais regional playoffs because

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Predicted Standings – 3/28/2007

With most teams having just 5 or 6 games left to play it is really getting down to crunch time in the playoff races and there is still a lot left to be decided. Here are the predicted standings as of March 28th. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Points ScheduleStrength FutureGP FutureSchedStr Pred.Points TotalPoints 1 Buffalo 75 103 0.483 7 0.431 10 113 2 New Jersey 76 98 0.462 6 0.452 7 105 3 Ottawa 77 98 0.481 5 0.469 6 104 4 Pittsburgh 77 98 0.463 5 0.499 5 103 5 Atlanta 76 88 0.475 6 0.452

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NHL Power Rankings – 3/27/2007

It is the second last power rankings of the regular season and the Vancouver Canucks have jumped into top spot with a slim lead over Detroit. That is pretty remarkable for a team that was 17-18-1 at Christmas but they have an almost unbelievable 28-5-6 record since then. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 4 Vancouver 0.593 0.526 0.635 2 1 Detroit 0.632 0.510 0.631 3 2 Nashville 0.618 0.507 0.613 4 3 Anaheim 0.605 0.514 0.612 5 5 San Jose 0.612 0.508 0.611 6 7 Minnesota 0.566 0.525 0.598 7 6 Dallas 0.580 0.512 0.584 8

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Predicted Standings – 3/23/2007

Here are the predicted NHL standings after last nights games. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Points ScheduleStrength FutureGP FutureSchedStr Pred.Points TotalPoints 1 Buffalo 73 101 0.479 9 0.438 13 114 2 Ottawa 75 96 0.478 7 0.456 9 105 3 New Jersey 74 94 0.461 8 0.438 10 104 4 Pittsburgh 74 92 0.463 8 0.478 9 101 5 Atlanta 75 88 0.474 7 0.445 8 96 6 NY Rangers 74 83 0.472 8 0.420 10 93 7 Tampa Bay 75 86 0.473 7 0.498 7 93 8 Carolina 74 82 0.471 8 0.455 9 91 9 NY

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Power Rankings – 3/20/2007

Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 2 Detroit 0.639 0.512 0.640 2 3 Nashville 0.630 0.510 0.630 3 1 Anaheim 0.616 0.516 0.624 4 5 Vancouver 0.589 0.524 0.623 5 4 San Jose 0.610 0.515 0.623 6 6 Dallas 0.583 0.518 0.599 7 9 Minnesota 0.548 0.528 0.586 8 7 Buffalo 0.597 0.479 0.574 9 10 Ottawa 0.596 0.478 0.569 10 8 Calgary 0.535 0.526 0.560 11 12 Colorado 0.507 0.530 0.542 12 11 New Jersey 0.590 0.465 0.538 13 13 Carolina 0.527 0.471 0.493 14 17 Pittsburgh 0.534 0.466 0.485 15 15 Montreal 0.486 0.485 0.481

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Random Things you may not know

Here are just some random observations about the NHL that you may not realize. 1. The Nashville Predators currently have no players with more than 25 goals while the Washington Capitals have three. 2. Dallas is the only team with a defenseman leading the points race with Sergei Zubov leading the way. Another defenseman, Philippe Bouche, is second. 3. Shane Doan currently leads the Phoenix Coyotes with 47 points, the lowest of any NHL team. 4. The Philadelphia Flyers have used 47 different players this season and 33 of them have played at least 10 games. 5. Kyle Calder was

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Predicted Standings – 3/16/2007

I am going to post updated predicted standings a little more often now that we are closing in on the seasons end. Here is how things look today. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts ScheduleStrength FutureGP Future SchedStr Pred.Points TotalPoints 1 Buffalo 70 96 0.481 12 0.436 18 114 2 New Jersey 71 94 0.462 11 0.446 15 109 3 Ottawa 71 89 0.483 11 0.439 15 104 4 Pittsburgh 70 88 0.464 12 0.481 14 102 5 Atlanta 72 84 0.466 10 0.488 11 95 6 Tampa Bay 71 82 0.468 11 0.495 12 94 7 NY

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NHL Power Rankings – 3/13/2007

Here are this weeks Power Rankings. Anaheim has jumped into top spot but there really isn’t much separating Anaheim, Detroit and Nashville. The list has been pretty stable the past several weeks though Edmonton has really begun to drop in the standings and currently sit in 16th spot. The way they are playing I’d expect them to drop several more spots before seasons end. Probably to around 20th or so. I have also updated the player rankings and adjusted hits/giveaways and takeaways pages on so check them out by clicking on the appropriate link in the menu to the left.

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Predicted Final Standings – 3/12/2007

There are only four weeks left in the schedule so the playoff races are getting down to crunch time with teams having between 12 and 14 games left to play. Eastern Conference Predicted Standings Pos Team GP Pts ScheduleStrength Future GP Future SchedStr Pred Pts Total Pts 1 Buffalo 68 93 0.484 14 0.435 21 114 2 New Jersey 69 92 0.463 13 0.454 17 109 3 Ottawa 69 85 0.486 13 0.443 17 102 4 Pittsburgh 68 84 0.464 14 0.495 16 100 5 Atlanta 70 82 0.472 12 0.465 14 96 6 Tampa Bay 70 82 0.471 12

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NHL can't even get video replay correct

I was watching some of this afternoons NY Rangers-Carolina game in which the Rangers won 2-1 in a shootout. With the game tied 1-1 in the second it Carolina Hurricane goalie John Grahame got caught out of his net when he played a puck from the corner right to a Rangers player. The Ranger player shot the puck at the empty goal and John Grahame appeared to make a spectacular diving save with the puck deflecting off his goal stick, off the cross bar and out. The play went to video replay and the official announcement was ‘no goal as

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