Leafs-Senators and other Hockey Notes

I watched all of the Leafs-Sens game last night as well as some portions of several other games. Here are my random thoughts from what I saw. Leafs Overall they looked very good and only some weak defensive play resulting in Alfredsson’s second goal put a damper on an otherwise good night. If they can play like that every game they will have a very good season. They looked big,…

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Tracking the New NHL's offense

The “New” NHL is less than 2 hours away and it is time to really see what effect the new rules will have on the game. To do this I have created a tracking table to track this years goals per game average vs that of 2003-04. I hope to keep it updated frequently, especially early in the season, and will make the first update tomorrow. If you are interested…

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Why the Leafs won't Suck

There seems to be a common thread when discussing the Leafs chances this upcoming season. That thread is that the Leafs will struggle to make the playoffs. I seriously disagree with that claim. The basis for that claim is that they lost way too much talent and the guys they brought in are just way too injury prone. But let’s look at each player that has left and gone and…

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New Jersey Devils Season Outlook

(Also posted on The Devil’s Advocate) Offense Subtractions: So far, the only forwards to leave the swamp are Jan Hrdina and Jeff Friesen. Hrdina never seemed to fit in too well in New Jersey, and Friesen suffered from chronic underachieving. Friesen was a terrific playoff performer, however, and in that regard he will be sorely missed. Expect more forwards to leave in the next month to clear space in the…

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Free Fantasy Hockey Pool

I have started a free fantasyhockey league for all HockeyAnalysis.com readers. To join, go to CDM Sports Free Hockey Pool, create a team and join KrushersGroup using the Access word “hockeyanalysis” (without the quotes). Hope to see you all there. It should be fun. Must be entered before games start tomorrow.

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Season Predictions

The following are my predictions for the eastern and western conference final standings. Note that teams are ordered in terms of points and not playoff seeding where division winners get seeded 1, 2 and 3 no matter what their records are. The western conference was quite tough to pick because there are so many teams who I think could make the playoffs and fewer really bad teams like the east….

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2005-06 NHL rookie class

After a year long shutdown the NHL is set to begin a new season and a new era of hockey. But without a year of hockey this years rookie class will be better than ever. Not only is it really a double entry year combining would-be rookies from last year with this years ‘usual’ rookie class, but last years rookies are more developed and more ready for NHL with an…

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Hockey Pool Sleeper Picks

Well, it is that time of year again. Hockey Pool drafting season. With the NHL set to begin play less than a week away many of you will be participating in hockey pool drafts and for you, here are a few of my sleeper picks, guys who might fly under the radar of some people, or guys who might have much improved NHL seasons. Kari Lehtonen – The Atlanta Thrashers…

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Five Teams who Lost the Most

St. Louis Blues: They will certainly be singing the blues in St. Louis this year as no team has fallen further than the Blues. MacInnis has retired, Pronger was traded, and Demitra, Khavanov and Osgood were let leave for other teams. And to make matters worse, Keith Tkachuk is vastly out of shape. Lalime should be a decent replacement for Osgood but no one is going to adequately replace those…

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Five Most Improved Teams

Pittsburgh Penguins: The only direction they could really go was up, but they have gone up by quite a large margin. They haven’t really lost any significant players but have added Sergei Gonchar, Mark Recchi, John Leclair, Zigmund Palffy, Jocelyn Thibault and of course Sidney Crosby. Due to their weak defense I am still not convinced that they are a playoff team, especially if Lemieux can’t play a full season,…

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