Monday, December 30, 2013

Half Way Home

 1) With most NHL teams having played close to half their 2013-14 schedule we decided to do what we did at-quarter-pole. Basically taking each teams record and project an 82 game season point total based upon each teams current point total/games played. As we wrote then, These are NOT Predictions, they are Projections! Also remember with this season's realignment there is also a new playoff seeding format so the top 8 teams won't necessarily be the 8 playoff teams

2) First in the East:

Tampa Bay- 105
Montreal- 100
Washington- 95
NY rangers- 82
New Jersey-82
NY Islanders- 64
Buffalo- 55

3) Next the West:

St. Louis-123
San Jose-117
Los Angeles- 114
Phoenix- 101

 4) Analysis:

  • The first thing that struck us with these numbers is how few points (at this juncture) it will take to make the playoffs in the East, (86). That would be 8-10 points fewer than in the previous post Bettman lock out seasons, and a whopping 15 points less than what it may take out West. Yet another not so subtle reminder of where the best teams are!

  • Year to year there really isn't a huge difference in the top 8 in the West (outside of Nashville's  fall, and Detroit now in the East. In the East the 'biggest loser would be Mr Bettman with all 3 NY metro teams on the outside of the playoff spot and their back to back yankee stadium games a month away.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Week 13 Results

Week 13 is complete.  Not a bad showing on a relatively light schedule for a Saturday. For the day we went 5-3 to bring the total to 94-49 for a 13 week winning % of  .657.  Look for our week 14 picks next week when 12 games will be at stake as the 2014 part of the 2013-14 season begins.
As a;ways, keep it here for all the latest!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Week 13 Picks

1) We at Fauxrumors hope you got all you wanted for X-mas. What we want is it continue our nearly half a season of great picking!  For the first 12 weeks we have a 89-46 record or a .659 winning percentage

Ottawa VS Boston: Boston

 Montreal VS Tampa Bay: Lightning

 Detroit vs Florida: Red Wings  (Lock of the Week)

 New Jersey vs NY Islanders: Devils

 St. Louis vs Chicago: Blues

 Nashville VS Los Angeles: Kings

 Anaheim VS Phoenix: Ducks

 Philadelphia VS Edmonton: Flyers

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas!

1) Firstly we here at FAUXRUMORS want to thank each and every one of our many loyal readers. We wouldn't be here without you!

2) During this all too long hockey hiatus, we at the FAUXRUMORS group, want to wish all of you and yours the best this holiday season! We will be back, in earnest.  Until then we at FAUXRUMORS want to say :MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 12 Results

What a rebound week for us here at Fauxrumors. For the day/night we went an awesome 11-1 to bring the season total to 89-46 or a .659 winning percentage.  We got our lock to bring that stat to an astounding 11-1 or .917 winning edge.  We will try to duplicate this weeks results next Saturday when a relatively light post X-mas schedule of 8 games are set to be played.
The x-mas trade freeze is in effect so no movement is expected, but sources tell us that significant deals' might be seen in January as the Olympic trade freeze will end just a little over a week prior to the NHL Trade deadline.
As always keep it here for all the latest!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Week 12 Picks

1) We will try to end the 'schnide' today for our first week above .500 in the past 3 when we pick today's games.  For the season we thus far are 78-45 for a .634 winning %, and 10-1 in our Locks of the Week.

Pittsburgh VS Calgary: Penguins

 Phoenix VS Ottawa: Coyotes

 Los Angeles VS Colorado: Kings

 Boston VS Buffalo: Bruins

 Detroit VS Toronto: Red wings

 Tampa Bay VS Carolina: Lightning

 Anaheim VS NY Islanders: Ducks

New Jersey VS Washington: Devils

 Columbus VS Philadelphia: Flyers

 Montreal VS Nashville: Habitants

 St. Louis VS Edmonton: Blues (Lock of the Week)

 San Jose VS Dallas: Sharks

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Diluting The product?

1) Our reaction to the NHL's greed in adding outdoor games after five successful Winter Classics, was we were skeptical that this would work out.. The Winter Classic will kick off the games on New Year's Day, as Toronto and Detroit meet at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. In later January, between the Superbowl run up: Anaheim will face off against the Kings at Dodger Stadium in the first outdoor game staged by the NHL west of the Mississippi. Then, Yankee Stadium will host a pair of games with the Rangers, one against the Devils on Jan. 26 and against the Islanders three days later. In March, Chicago's Soldier Field will host the Blackhawks and Penguins, and Ottawa and Vancouver will take an outdoor game to Vancouver's BC Place.

2)  The Winter Classic has become the crown jewel of the NHL's season. From 2008 through 2012, the Winter Classic at times eclipsed both the NHL All-Star Game and several playoff matchups. For example, according to StubHub, the 2011 Winter Classic outsold Games 2, 3, 5 and 7 of the Stanley Cup finals that season. Previously, the 2010 Winter Classic outsold Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, and the 2008 Winter Classic was the second-best-selling game of the entire regular season.When it comes to television ratings, the Winter Classic has also bested the All-Star Game and some Stanley Cup games.

3) The 2011 Winter Classic (in Pittsburgh with the Pens playing the rival Capitals) was played in prime time because of weather, which pitted it against the Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Regardless, the Winter Classic saw its ratings rise by 8 percent to a 2.9, dominating the 1.2 from the All-Star Game. The 2011 Winter Classic also had better ratings than Games 1 and 3 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals.. Can that success be duplicated with five additional outdoor games, however?
The Winter Classic will always be a special national game on the New Year's Day holiday where everyone celebrates the game no matter your rooting interests.WE understand the reasoning that the Stadium Series is focused more on lighting up the local market and community at a different time of the year. When you attend these events and witness the impact on the club's popularity, TV ratings, merchandise, media coverage, fan engagement and, maybe most important of all, the millions of dollars of revenue generated in the local economy, the games are way too important to wait 10 or 15 years either to return or to wait for a turn to host.

4) The NHL  says these additional games aren't all about the teams, however. They're also potentially part of a larger strategy by the league for a bigger television contract next time around.
The games are events that will capture eyeballs, possibly on national television, which is extremely valuable for the NHL. The league does a fairly good job of generating revenues via game-day attendance -- with the exception of a few franchises in small non-hockey markets -- but the real payoff for the league would be a bigger national television contract. While some of our insiders tell us that indeed the outdoor games are part of a strategy to get a larger television contract, it clearly is premature right now since the NHL's current television contract with NBC expires following the 2020-2021 season.  In our opinion the NHL has 'jumped the shark' and displayed greed that will haunt them when there is diminishing return when they try this multiple out door game strategy annually

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week 11 Results

I guess it had to happen, our first sub .500 week.  We went 5-7 for an overall record of  78-45 which translates into a .634 winning %. We did manage to win our lock to extend that record to 10-1. We hope to not stay down long when we get right back at this again next week when another 12 games will be decided.
As always keep it here for all the latest

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Week 11 Picks

1) We try to get back to our winning ways today.  We are still way over the mendoza line for the year at 73-38 for a .658 winning %. 

Calgary VS Buffalo: Flames
  Los Angeles VS Ottawa: Kings

 Dallas VS Winnipeg: Stars

 Toronto VS Chicago: BlackHawks

 Pittsburgh VS Detroit: Penguins

 New Jersey VS Tampa Bay: Lightning

 Montreal VS NY Islanders: Islanders

 St. Louis VS Columbus: Blues (Lock of the Week)

 Nashville VS San Jose: Sharks

 Carolina VS Phoenix: Coyotes

 Minnesota VS Colorado; Avalanche

 Vancouver VS Boston: Bruins

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 10 Results

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  We were feeling really good about things until we came back to Earth last night with a 6-6 effort.  We are now 73-38 for a .658 winning %.  Still overall an excellant record and much better compared with previous seasons.  We will try to get back on track next week when an even dozen games will be up for grabs!
As always keep it here for all the latest

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Week 10 Picks

1) Amazingly we are into our 10th week on play. Can we maintain our torrid pace here. We have a great   67-32  record or .677 winning %

Dallas VS Philadelphia: Flyers

Boston VS Pittsburgh: Penguins

 Montreal VS Buffalo: Habitants (Lock of the Week)

 Toronto VS Ottawa: Maple Leafs

 Florida VS Detroit: Redwings

 Winnipeg VS Tampa Bay: Lightning

 Washington VS Nashville: Capitals

 New Jersey VS NY Rangers: Rangers

 Anaheim VS St. Louis: Ducks

 Calgary VS Edmonton: Flames

 Los Angeles VS NY Islanders: Kings

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Week 9 Results

Just when we thought we couldn't get any better we have a day like yesterday!  We went an astounding  10-1 for the day/night for a now amazing   67-32  record or .677 winning %.  If not for the Kings we would have had a perfect score.  We will attempt the impossible next week when 11 games will be played.
As always keep it here for all the latest
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