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|
||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.
||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.|
|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.
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.