Game Predictions 10/27/2005

Ok, back to a bit of reality after that 8 for 8 night. Last night I was 1 for 4. Still, that’s a pretty good 2 night average. Here are tonights game predictions. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Boston Toronto Toronto Good NY Rangers NY Islanders Pick N/A Philadelphia Florida Philadelphia Some Ottawa Montreal Ottawa Good Pittsburgh Atlanta Atlanta Good Detroit Chicago Detroit Strong Colorado Vancouver Vancouver Good Phoenix Calgary Phoenix Good

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It's rant time…

So the NHL has finally decided to shut the coaches up about complaining about the new rules so I guess it is up to us hockey bloggers to pick up the slack. The talk of the day today was about Sidney Crosby and the fact that he drew six penalties last night on his own. I just watched the guys on TSN talk up Cosby and his knack for drawing penalties. Well, I watched a fair bit of that Penguins-Panthers game and I saw all the highlights and I must say what most people are forgetting to mention is that

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Power Rankings 10/26/2005

I didn’t pick the Penguins to make the playoffs this year so to see them struggle is no real surprise for me but I am starting to really feel bad for them because this is much worse than anyone could have imagined and the fact they 5 of their 9 losses have come in overtime must make it even more frustrating for them since they have had opportunities to win. Maybe once they get their first win they will rack up a few wins in a row, but for now they remain at the bottom of the HockeyAnalysis.com power rankings.

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Predictions 10/26/2005

My picks were a perfect 8 for 8 yesterday. Let’s hope the hot streak continues with todays games. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Buffalo Washington Buffalo Strong Carolina Boston Carolina Good Columbus Nashville Nashville Good New Jersey Tampa Bay Pick N/A Dallas San Jose Dallas Strong Anaheim Calgary Pick N/A

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Game Predictions 10/25/2005

Here are my game predictions for tonights games. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence NY Islanders Atlanta NY Islanders Good Montreal Philadelphia Montreal Good Pittsburgh Florida Florida Strong Nashville Chicago Nashville Strong Minnesota Vancouver Vancouver Some Colorado Edmonton Colorado Good Phoenix St. Louis Phoenix Some Los Angeles Anaheim Los Angeles Strong

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Game Predictions 10/24/2005

My predictions were 0 for 3 yesterday which is a little dissapointing but overall I am fairly satisfied with my prediction results so far. Since I began making predictions here is my success rates for each confidence rating: Strong Confidence: 19 of 24 – 79% success rate Good Confidence: 10 of 15 – 66% success rate Some Confidence: 6 of 15 – 40% success rate I am happy with Strong and Good success rates since this is so early in the season and they would be better if you ignore the first few days of predictions, but I really hope

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Game Predictions 10/23/2005

Yesterdays game predictions were 7 for 9 missing out on Philadelphia’s win over Toronto and Atlanta’s win over New Jersey. Here are today’s game predictions. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Anaheim Phoenix Phoenix Some Chicago Minnesota Minnesota Some Los Angeles Calgary Los Angeles Strong

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Berger Backtracks

I don’t want to make too many sports media bashing posts here (and I could make a lot) but I figured I’d post one now and again to try and show why the mainstream hockey media is something to be read for amusement only, and not for any real informative information. Howard Berger is the Fan590 reporter who covers the Maple Leafs on a daily basis and he also writes a hockey blog at HockeyBuzz.com. In his current post he tries to take credit for making a lot of intelligent predictions prior to the season beginning. I had a strong

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Game Predictions 10/22/2005

Here are today’s game predictions. There are 11 games being played (Ottawa-Florida has been postponed until December) of which 9 games can be predicted and 2 others are two close to call. Six correct predictions would be good, but lets go for seven. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Boston Pittsburgh Boston Strong Toronto Philadelphia Toronto Strong Montreal NY Islanders Montreal Good Washington Carolina Pick N/A Atlanta New Jersey New Jersey Some Columbus Detroit Detroit Strong Buffalo NY Rangers Buffalo Good St. Louis Minnesota Pick N/A Nashville San Jose Nashville Strong Dallas Calgary Dallas Strong Vancouver Colorado Vancouver Strong

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Weekly Top Ten – Offensive Defensemen

Sergei Gonchar – Say what you will about his defensive abilities (or lack there of) but he has to be considered among the best offensive defenseman in the NHL. In his last 5 NHL seasons he has posted 54, 57, 59, 67, and 58 points and among the lead leaders for defensemen, if not leading the league himself. Although he is off to a bit of a slow this year but once again I think we should expect 55 or so points. Bryan McCabe – I am not sure I would have put him second on the list 3 weeks

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