Second Round Predictions

Time for the second round predictions. Like the first round, the second round features some intriguing matchups and also like the first round, none of those match ups are divisional rivals. NY Rangers at Buffalo NY Rangers (road) Buffalo (home) Predicted Winner Buffalo (Good) Fair Odds +135 -155 Overall Record 42-30-10 53-22-7 Home/Road Record 21-15-5 28-10-3 Last 10 Games 7-2-1 7-3-0 Past Games 2006/10/14: NY Rangers 4 at Buffalo 7…

April 24, 2007
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Eastern Conference first round predictions

When writing up these first round matchups I realized that not one of them features a divisional rivalry. I am too lazy to check but I am not sure that has ever happened before. Anyway, here are my eastern conference predictions. NY Islanders at Buffalo NY Islanders (road) Buffalo (home) Predicted Winner Buffalo (Good) Fair Odds +137 -159 Overall Record 40-30-12 53-22-7 Home/Road Record 18-17-6 28-10-3 Last 10 Games 6-3-1…

April 10, 2007
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Western conference first round predictions

Here are my first round predictions for the western conference. My eastern conference predictions will come later today. What is interesting about the western conference matchups is that the the home team has won every single game of each of the regular season series except for the final game of the San Jose-Nashville series in which Nashville won the game on the road in a shootout. That might lead you…

April 10, 2007
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Evaluating the various point schemes

I am one (of many I believe) of the people who totally despise the current point scheme where some games are worth 3 points and other games are worth 2 points. I also despise the fact that an individual skills competition (aka the shootout) is used to determine winners of games and which teams make or miss the playoffs or their relative playoff seeding. So lets take a look at,…

April 9, 2007
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Season Ending Power Rankings

Here are the seasons final power rankings and Detroit claims top spot. Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr Power Rank 1 1 Detroit 0.646 0.508 0.640 2 3 San Jose 0.622 0.508 0.622 3 2 Vancouver 0.591 0.521 0.621 4 4 Nashville 0.616 0.510 0.619 5 5 Anaheim 0.622 0.508 0.616 6 9 Minnesota 0.567 0.524 0.598 7 6 Dallas 0.579 0.511 0.584 8 8 Buffalo 0.610 0.478 0.583 9…

April 9, 2007
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Goalies stealing or giving away games

One can look at team goals against average and save percentage to get an idea of how good or bad a teams goaltending is but I wanted to get a better idea of how much each team has been affected by good or bad goaltending. As a quick and easy way of doing this I defined as either of the following: a game in which the team scored 2 or…

April 7, 2007
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Should luck earn you a playoff spot?

I have heard and read several times the past few days about people thinking about what a joke it would be if the Canadiens and Leafs went to a shootout Saturday with the winner making the playoffs and the loser heading for the golf course. The underlying sentiment in this is that it just isn’t right that someones fate could be decided on the basis of a shootout. Now, because…

April 6, 2007
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Three teams, one playoff spot.

With the Rangers win over Montreal both the Rangers and Lightning have clinched a playoff spot. The final playoff spot will come down to Toronto, Montreal and the Islanders. Montreal will get in if they beat Toronto Saturday. They will also get in if they get an OT loss and the Islanders don’t win both of their final games. Toronto gets in if they beat Montreal in regulation and the…

April 5, 2007
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Scoring opportunities from turnovers

It seems that we as fans just love to lay blame on a variety of players for bad plays that lead to scoring opportunities and every team seems to have one or two players that fans seem to love to pick on. But is it really justified? In an attempt to find the answer to that I decided to take a look at every players giveaways and whether they led…

April 4, 2007
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Carolina eliminated, nobody clinches

Tuesday’s results: Islanders 3, Rangers 2 (SO) Leafs 3, Flyers 2 (OT) Tampa 3, Carolina 2 Montreal 2, Boston 0 Updated Standings: 6. NY Rangers (92) – vsMTL, atPIT 7. Tampa Bay (92) – vsFLA, atATL 8. Montreal (90) – atNYR, atTOR 9. Toronto (89) – atNYI, vsMTL 10. NY Islanders (86) – vsTOR, atPHI, atNJ 11. Carolina (86) – vsATL, vsFLA (eliminated) To Get In: NY Rangers: A Rangers…

April 3, 2007
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