Am I reading this right?

Am I reading this right? Did Brad Richards really sign a 5 year contract that will pay him $7.8 million per year? Is the Tampa Bay management insane? It appears the answer to all of those questions is yes. How sad for Tampa Bay Lightning fans. Here is the problem. Richards will make $7.8 million a season. Martin St. Louis will make 5.25 million a season. And Vincent Lecavalier will make 6.875 million per season. Combined those 3 guys will make nearly $20 million dollars, or just over half of this past seasons salary cap. Maybe we should read this

» Read more

Conference Finals review

We are down to just 4 teams left in the NHL playoffs and at the start of the season I don’t think anyone would have even predicted 2 of these teams to be in the conference finals let alone all four. So here is how I see the conference finals playing out: Edmonton vs Anaheim Regular Season Series: October 10: Edmonton 4 at Anaheim 2 January 25: Edmonton 6 at Anaheim 3 February 6: Anaheim 5 at Edmonton 6 (SO) April 13: Anaheim 1 at Edmonton 2 Edmonton pretty much controlled the season series winning all 4 games, of of

» Read more

Thoughts on the Ottawa Senators

Ok, I am back from vacation and a lot has happened over the last 10 or so days that I was away. Since I was in Florida where hockey news is sparse and hockey coverage on TV was non-existant I was dependent on the internet to keep up to date on what was happening. Let me say that I am not surprised that Buffalo defeated the Senators. In fact, I predicted it, though I am a bit surprised they did it in just 5 games. So, what was wrong with the Senators. Well, before the season I thought there were

» Read more

Where are the additional goals coming from?

Jame Mirtle has an interesting post regarding the increase in offense from 2003-04 to this season and where the goals came from. James concludes: It’s also no wonder Gary Bettman wants to keep the number of penalties called per game high for the postseason — without the increased scoring generated on the power play, the notion of a radically transformed, higher-scoring (read: better) league goes up in smoke. Now, as much as I love bashing Gary Bettman digging deeper into the numbers will bring out a different picture. According to James, power play goals have increased 48.2%, short handed goals

» Read more

Beyond the first round

The last couple days I posted my predictions on the first round matchups. So, before the games begin, let me post my predicitons for the rest of the playoffs. Conference Semi-finals Buffalo defeats Ottawa New Jersey defeats Carolina San Jose defeats Detroit Calgary defeats Dallas Conference Finals New Jersey defeats Buffalo Calgary defeats San Jose Stanley Cup New Jersey defeats Calgary Playoff MVP: Brian Gionta: 18 goals, 34 points After round 1 the predictions get quite difficult. I think any of the four teams in east or west could make it to the finals. I am predicting that Dominik Hasek

» Read more

Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Here are my eastern conference predictions. I really hate taking all the favourites but aside from an outside chance of Montreal upsetting Carolina I just can’t see any of the other underdogs winning barring unexpected key injuries. Just a note: The predictions are my predictions, not my algorithms. I am retiring the algorithm for the season as I don’t think it makes sense to use in the playoffs. I also likely won’t be making predictions on every game since it is really the series that matters. I may post some comments each day on the previous nights results and that

» Read more

Western Conference First Round Playoff Preview

Today and tomorrow I am going to post my first round playoff previews/predictions. Here are the western conference preview and tomorrow I’ll post my eastern conference preview. Detroit vs Edmonton Season Series November 3: Edmonton 4 at Detroit 3 (OT) November 17: Detroit 5 at Edmonton 6 (OT) March 18: Detroit 4 at Edmonton 3 (SO) April 11: Edmonton 0 at Detroit 2 These two teams matched up fairly well during the regular season with both teams wining 2 games and 3 of the games going to overtime. If that sort of thing happens in the playoffs we are in

» Read more

The Leafs: A story of 18 games

Now that the Leafs have been officially eliminated from the playoffs it is once again time that those in the media, and to a somewhat lesser extent those in the blogosphere, try they hand coming up with reasons why they sucked so bad this year, why Pat Quinn and John Ferguson Jr. should be fired and why at least half the players should not return next year. As usual, I am going to take a different tact but starting with the claim that no, the Leafs didn’t suck this year. In fact, the Leafs were/are a pretty good team. And

» Read more

Game Predictions – 4/10/2006

Not much time for analysis but the big game of the night is Anaheim at Vancouver. A Vancouver win will pull them into a tie with Edmonton for 8th while an Anaheim win will pull them to within 2 points of 4th place Nashville and Anaheim a shot at home ice advantage in round 1 of the playoffs. Home Team FairHTOdds Road Team FairRTOdds Predicted Winner Confidence Boston -156 Washington 136 Boston Good Montreal 101 Ottawa -101 Ottawa Some Vancouver -112 Anaheim 111 Vancouver Some Phoenix -150 San Jose 133 Phoenix Good

» Read more

Predicted Final NHL Standings

Here are the updated predicted final standings heading into tonights games. Unless Toronto, Florida and the Islanders can gain some ground quickly it looks like the east is going to turn into a 2 team race between Atlanta and Montreal though Tampa and New Jersey can’t feel too secure about their positions either. Buffalo has fallen out of the race for the division and conference title but Carolina could still put some pressure on Ottawa for the top seed in the east as they still have 5 games remaining against the lowly Capitals. In the west, Anaheim looks to be

» Read more
1 2 3 4 5 6 10