NHL Power Rankings: For Capuano, only way is up?

Programming Update, Binghamton radio, WHRW-FM 90.5: Steven Grill, who did Hockey Night on Long Island, invited me as a guest on his show on Binghamton University's WHRW 90.5FM called "The Sports Grill." I'll be on around 4:30 p.m. EST to discuss the coaching change. So if you want to hear my awkward pauses, listen live here.

How long is "interim?" This we do not know. We do know the man who now lives with that tag, Jack Capuano, inherits the 28th-30th-randed NHL team overall depending on your measure (TSN's ranking somehow had the Isles move up one spot this week). A dead heat at the bottom between New Jersey, the Oilers and the Isles. Even the Leafs struggles haven't brought them all the way down yet. Either way, at a virtual tie for 30th, the only way is up...or status quo.

This was discussed in comments last night, but Versus' debut of its "Overtime" show was excellent on coverage of the coaching move, featuring extended commentary from Billy Jaffe (blame extends to management/ownership -- "You can't win without spending a little"), Deb Placey (acknowledging peripheral issues affecting any coach in this position) and Bill Guerin ("It was time...Time for Phase II in the rebuild"). Good stuff if you saw it.

After the jump, the weekly media ranking (and commentary) followed by the Power Rankings as computed by ICanSeeforIslesandIsles. Since he's doing this for us, Also, I'm using his poll idea.

Survey of Media "Power" Rankings

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 30 30
Things aren't getting any better for the Isles, now on a losing streak
that has reached 10 games and cost coach Scott Gordon his job.
Col. Dispatc 30 29
Don't be shocked by the Islanders' 10-game winless streak.
This is their ninth double-digit streak since they joined the NHL in 1972-73.
ESPN 29 27 Dressing Rollie the Goalie for five straight games didn't help stop the pain.
And after 10 straight losses, the Islanders also shook up their personnel
by moving Scott Gordon into an advisory role and putting Jack Capuano
behind the bench on an interim basis.
Sportsnett (Brophy) 30 27 Scott Gordon becomes the first coaching casualty of the season.
TSN
(Cullen)
27 28 Certainly the goaltending is a problem area, but no goaltender is going
to win with a team that has scored eight goals in the last eight games.
[Ed. note: The Islanders moved up in this one?!?!]
Average 29.2 28.2 10-game winless streaks breed very bad things.

Real Power Rankings

By ICanSee's formula, the Isles were at undisputed rock bottom before last night's games. In adding last night's results they inched up. (Capuano is already making a difference!)

Questions about this table? See the notes and comments in the original post.

W L OTL Pts Played Win Pct Pts %/GP PWR
1 Detroit 11 3 1 23 15 0.767 0.3829 2142
2 Los Angeles 12 4 0 24 16 0.750 0.3898 2069
3 St. Louis 9 4 3 21 16 0.656 0.3755 1979
4 Washington 13 4 1 27 18 0.750 0.3723 1949
5 Phoenix 7 5 5 19 17 0.559 0.3479 1840
6 Columbus 9 6 0 18 15 0.600 0.3425 1822
7 Philadelphia 12 4 2 26 18 0.722 0.3519 1798
8 Vancouver 10 4 3 23 17 0.676 0.3438 1796
9 Nashville 7 5 3 17 15 0.567 0.3207 1761
10 Montreal 11 5 1 23 17 0.676 0.3369 1760
11 Boston 9 5 1 19 15 0.633 0.3308 1732
12 San Jose 9 5 2 20 16 0.625 0.3153 1701
13 Anaheim 10 7 2 22 19 0.579 0.3201 1700
14 Colorado 9 7 1 19 17 0.559 0.3146 1668
15 Minnesota 8 6 2 18 16 0.563 0.3073 1582
16 Chicago 9 9 2 20 20 0.500 0.2877 1557
17 Tampa Bay 8 7 2 18 17 0.529 0.2835 1528
18 Dallas 8 7 0 16 15 0.533 0.2719 1443
19 Pittsburgh 9 8 2 20 19 0.526 0.2697 1442
20 Ottawa 9 8 1 19 18 0.528 0.2683 1420
21 Atlanta 7 8 3 17 18 0.472 0.2759 1408
22 NY Rangers 10 7 1 21 18 0.583 0.2545 1323
23 Calgary 7 9 0 14 16 0.438 0.2367 1254
24 Carolina 8 9 0 16 17 0.471 0.2368 1231
25 Florida 7 8 0 14 15 0.467 0.2271 1196
26 Buffalo 7 9 3 17 19 0.447 0.2207 1141
27 Toronto 5 8 3 13 16 0.406 0.2213 1087
28 NY Islanders 4 10 3 11 17 0.324 0.1718 884
29 Edmonton 4 9 3 11 16 0.344 0.1618 883
30 New Jersey 5 11 2 12 18 0.333 0.1687 874

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