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NHL Predictions 10/7

Season Record (Winning Teams): 20-11 Season Record (Full Predictions) : 2-29 Last night, all but the Leafs had me wondering why I didn't call Vegas and place some straight bets. Tonight is a light night on the schedule, so this should be interesting as the light nights always kill me. Phoenix at Pittsburgh 7:30 PM The desert dogs head to steel city tonight to do battle with the defending champs. In what one would think is going to be an absolute lopsided affair, don't get too ahead of yourselves. I doubt the 'Yotes grab the win on the road, especially against Pittsburgh, but I'm sure they will put up a good fight. Final - Penguins 4 Coyotes 1 Montreal at Vancouver 10:00...

NHL Predictions 10/6

Season Record (Full Predictions) : 1-24 Season Record (Winning Teams): 14-10 I am so surprised by the start of the season for the Canucks. Maybe I am even more surprised that the Blue Jackets are 2-0 and Steve Mason looks like a man possessed between the pipes. The kids are for sure alright in New York, and the future looks bright as well. Tonight, we have a decent Tuesday line up for all you NHL fanatics. Let's see what my future tells for this evening: Ottawa at Toronto 7:00 PM The wait for the "Monster" to get his first start in the NHL is over Toronto fans. Gustavsson gets the nod tonight at home as the Maple Leafs welcome the Senators and the battle of Ontairo begins. Can ...

NHL Predictions 10/5

Anthony's predictions for tonight! Season Record (Full Predictions): 1-22 Season Record (Winning Teams): 13-9 (records taken from previous predictions that you can find anytime at www.crashthecrease.com) Going to just jump into this without any previous comments: New Jersey Devils vs New York Rangers 7PM The New York Rangers look to build off their convincing home ice opener on Saturday. The Devils will look to get a decent game in the books. The cross-town rivalry is all set to begin tonight, although Sean Avery will not be in the line up for New York. Dubinsky and Gaborik seemed to have found the chemistry that all top line players hope to share around the league. Thi...

Power Rankings - Week Of October 1st

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The first, albeit short, week of the National Hockey League's 2009-2010 season is in the books. The week was capped off by a full slate of games on Saturday that saw all 30 teams in action. It's obviously a bit of a mess doing Power Rankings when teams have played only 2 games at most, but I'm going to give it a shot. These first rankings will roughly be based on the standings but expect that to change as teams play more games. Note: Power Rankings are based on each teams performance during the past week regardless of overall point standing. October 1st to October 3rd
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Faceoff Saturday Review

Chicago 4 @ Florida 0 Vokoun can't stand on his head every game! Backup goalie Niemi gets it done with his first career NHL shutout (I think) and here we go with goaltending controversy 2.0 in Chicago. Pat Kane is beating up on other teams like they're cab drivers. Detroit 3 @ St-Louis 5 Are the Wings hungover from 2 cup runs in a row or are the Blues for real? I would go with the latter. Vancouver 0 @ Colorado 3 Craig Anderson standing on his head for the Avs so far. They could do very well this season now that they have a goaltender who actually stops pucks. Matt Duchene is a lock for rookie of the year if he keeps playing the way he has. Carolina 2 @ Boston 7 Ou...

Officiating still sucks and other thoughts on opening games

Watching the Habs - Leafs game last night, I came to the realization that Mike Komisarek is a douchebag. He probably always has been, but it was harder to notice when he was playing for my team. I'm sure glad he's with the Leafs now. Speaking of powerplay opportunities, there were a few calls last night that made my blood boil. When a guy gets deliberately pushed into the other team's goaltender... How can that be called goaltender interference? It happened twice last night and was REALLY obvious both times... How do the refs always disregard that it's almost impossible to stop when you get pushed at the same time? Stupid. If you're going to be an idiot and send the guy pushed onto ...

30 Teams; 30 Bold Predictions

Here are my bold predictions for the upcoming NHL season. I'd love to here all of yours as well. Ducks: will not make the playoffs Thrashers: Kovalchuk scores at least 100 points for the first time in his career Bruins: Will be fighting for a playoff spot Sabres: Drew Stafford will score at least 60 points Flames: will win the Stanley Cup Hurricanes: will begin to regret the contract they gave to Cam Ward Blackhawks: will make it to the Western Conference Finals Avalanche: Duchene will win the Calder Trophy Blue Jackets: will make it past the first round of the playoffs Stars: will be a bottom five team in the league Red Wings: will not win the Centr...

One day to go! Standing and fantasy predictions, tracking Prax's fantasy team, more!

So we're almost there and I'm starting to get jittery. I've indirectly told my boss that I won't be getting much work done until I get my hockey fix tomorrow night. And I'll certainly be plugged in the entire day... websites, radio, any news on line-ups and strategies and fickle fanbase fighting I can get my hands on, I WILL be on top of, and I will be posting a preview on the site before the Canadiens - Leafs game starts. But as for today, I will be posting some general stuff... to start, my standing predictions, which come a little while after I revealed who I thought would win each division. I was a little off the wall in who I thought would be the six top teams in the league, and I st...

09/10 Fantasy Hockey Forwards: Guide & Analysis

This is a helpful guide (hopefully) for fantasy hockey owners regarding 2009-2010 Fantasy Hockey Forwards, including which players I think are being drafted too early, which ones are being drafted too late, and which ones you can steal late in your draft. I will also give you my Top 50 ranking. First things first, if you have the 1st overall pick, don’t be an idiot, take Ovechkin, the guy is a goal scoring machine and the fact that he’s a left-winger makes him the best fantasy hockey player to own in history. As for #2 and #3, trends show that Malkin is being taken 2nd overall with Crosby going 3rd and these are pretty much the only picks that are set in stone. One thing to reme...

FACTORS That Will Have You Rethinking Your Predictions

The team to watch this year is the Coyotes because if you don’t who will? But in all seriousness, the big factor here is the “star struck” factor. Opposing players will be star struck on the ice when they get to meet the stars of last year’s ever popular soap opera. The season premiere did not disappoint with disgruntled coach Wayne Gretzky being killed off. But don’t get too excited, the Coyote’s season finale is usually in the middle of November. Based on these factors expect the Coyotes’ to go nowhere this season…except for maybe Hamilton. Next stop is New Jersey, a team that will greatly benefit from the Snooze Factor. The Devils, already annual hosts of the...