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NHL Predictions 10/14

Season Record (Winning Teams): 27-22 Season Record (Full Predictions) : 2-47 I've missed a few days being a bit under the weather, and with the fact that it was my birthday the other day (yay, turning 31 is so fantastic :insert sarcasm here:) made it a bit more difficult to get back on track after a long weekend. However, I am back now, and jumping right into tonight's contests. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Los Angeles at New York Rangers 7PM A battle of two teams that are off to very hot starts takes place tonight in the big city otherwise known as Manhattan. Erik Ersberg get's the nod for the Kings in what will be his first start of the...

The return of NHL hockey to Quebec City takes one giant leap forward

According to a report on RDS.ca, hockey is closer than ever to making a return to Quebec City today. The French Canadian authority on sporting news and events in Quebec is reporting that an announcement is slated to be made late next week (Thursday or Friday) by the mayor of Quebec City, Regis Lebaume, as well as former president of the Quebec Nordiques, Marcel Aubut, that a new arena will soon begin construction in Quebec's capital city. The project will cost upwards of $400 million, however, both the federal and provincial governments will be solicited for $175 million a piece. According to the RDS report, both Lebaume and Aubut had a meeting with Gary Bettman on Friday w...

NHL Predictions 10/9

Season Record (Winning Teams): 25-20 Season Record (Full Predictions) : 2-43 Well I was off last night, quite a bit. However, with a light schedule tonight, and then a very nice Saturday set up for the NHL, I will try to get back on track. Beginning of the season is always tough. Last night I was caught off guard, to say the least. Let's jump into tonight. Florida at Carolina 7PM Both teams are looking for a spark to jump start the season. A goaltending match up to keep an eye on for sure as well in Raleigh tonight. Vokoun vs Ward in the battle of the SouthEast division rivals. I feel both teams will gain a point tonight, and a bad bounce will help Nathan Horton get a jump st...

NHL Predictions 10/8

Season Record (Winning Teams): 20-13 Season Record (Full Predictions) : 2-31 Tonight is a real night for the avid NHL fan. A night which will feature 24 of the 30 NHL teams in action. Last night left a surprise or two (well, yea two) for me to scratch my head going into today's schedule. With that being said, let's get right into it. ------------------------------------------------------------ Pittsburgh at Philadelphia 7PM The battle of Pennsylvania begins this evening from Philadelphia, and the WAC will be ROCKING. The Flyers are off to a hot 3-0 start, and although the Capitals exposed some weaknesses, this Penguins team does not have AS MUCH fire power as the Capitals do. ...

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 ...