NHL Power Rankings: Islanders last, at last

So this was 3rd versus 30th?

It took a while, but the effects of the Islanders' 14-game winless streak finally caught up to them in the power ranking calculations. It figures, the week they finally win a game -- against the Devils no less, the team that last week was keeping them from hitting the bottom -- is the week the Isles finally go to 30th according to the math. Which goes to show when your only win of the month is against the team battling you for basement honors, it doesn't help your power numbers much (except for TSN, which has them jumping up a spot to 28 thanks to the win plus two OT losses).

In NHL news, the other shoe in the Avs' acquisition of Bruins' D Matt Hunwick happened: Scott Hannon goes to Washington for Tomas Fleischmann. Japers' Rink reacts here. I like trades; they warm a cold winter's soul.

After the jump, our full table of calculated power rankings courtesy of LHH member ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles, plus the weekly survey of how various media see the Isles. (Hint: Not well, but consistent; even their commentary on the Isles' struggles has run dry.)

Media Rankings Survey

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 30 30
The Isles finally won a game but John Tavares remains a nonfactor
with two goals and an assist in 13 games. He's minus-14 for the season.
Col. Dispatch 30 30
The 14-game losing streak ends with a shutout win over the woeful
Devils, but another streak continues: no power-play goals in eight games.
ESPN 30 29 The 14-game winless streak is over. Can the season be saved?
Don't think so.
Sportsnet (Brophy) 30 30 The lowly Islanders snap a 14-game skid with a 2-0 win over the Devils.
TSN
(Cullen)
28 29 Not only do the Isles have points in three straight, G Rick DiPietro has
allowed a total of six goals in those three games, which is downright respectable. It's not all roses, however; the power play is 0-for-29 in the last eight games.
Average 29.6 29.8 Collectively, we have grown tired of making Islanders jokes. Maybe next week.

Real NHL Power Rankings

As you can see, the Isles power rank dropped by these figures, although their power "rating" went up (from 875 to 994) along with New Jersey's (from 781 to 1059) over the last week. Columbus, who beat the Isles in OT, moves up to 3rd overall.

    W L OTL Pts GP Pts./Pct Pct. Pts/GP
PWR
1 Detroit 15 4 2 32 21 0.762 0.3981 2202
2 Washington 17 6 2 36 25 0.720 0.3695 1979
3 Columbus 14 8 0 28 22 0.636 0.3448 1867
4 Philadelphia 15 6 4 34 25 0.680 0.3559 1861
5 Phoenix 11 6 5 27 22 0.614 0.3402 1810
6 St. Louis 12 7 3 27 22 0.614 0.3373 1810
7 Colorado 13 9 1 27 23 0.587 0.3403 1789
8 Dallas 13 8 1 27 22 0.614 0.3323 1777
9 Tampa Bay 13 8 3 29 24 0.604 0.3337 1772
10 Los Angeles 13 9 0 26 22 0.591 0.3220 1760
11 Pittsburgh 15 8 2 32 25 0.640 0.3271 1747
12 Montreal 15 8 1 31 24 0.646 0.3276 1727
13 Vancouver 12 7 3 27 22 0.614 0.3199 1720
14 Atlanta 12 9 3 27 24 0.563 0.3253 1693
15 Nashville 9 8 5 23 22 0.523 0.3028 1623
16 San Jose 11 7 4 26 22 0.591 0.2956 1623
17 Boston 12 8 2 26 22 0.591 0.3121 1616
18 Minnesota 11 9 2 24 22 0.545 0.3026 1616
19 Chicago 13 11 2 28 26 0.538 0.2894 1581
20 Anaheim 11 11 3 25 25 0.500 0.2908 1570
21 NY Rangers 14 10 1 29 25 0.580 0.2704 1435
22 Carolina 10 10 3 23 23 0.500 0.2629 1378
23 Ottawa 11 12 1 23 24 0.479 0.2476 1317
24 Calgary 9 12 2 20 23 0.435 0.2366 1270
25 Florida 10 12 0 20 22 0.455 0.2278 1239
26 Toronto 8 11 3 19 22 0.432 0.2296 1191
27 Buffalo 9 13 3 21 25 0.420 0.2135 1137
28 New Jersey 8 14 2 18 24 0.375 0.2008 1059
29 Edmonton 6 12 4 16 22 0.364 0.1856 1016
30 NY Islanders 5 12 5 15 22 0.341 0.1863 994
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