Islanders Hits/Blocks/Faceoff Leaders; 28th in Power Rankings

In just 7 games, Matt Martin's hitting has been noticed by scorekeepers.

"I'm on a roll / I'm on a roll this time / I feel my luck could change." ~Radiohead, Lucky

If these past two weeks have been the bottom for the 2010-11 Islanders, it's landed them near the bottom of the standings, the bottom of multiple media opinion rankings, and 28th in our Power Rankings. If the bottom isn't yet here, there will be plenty of Radiohead songs that apply to their plight.

For the fun of it, before we get to the media and power rankings, here are individual leaders in some stat categories that aren't tracked reliably, but may be less tainted by rink bias than usual since the Isles have played so few home games:

Hits: Martin (36), Konopka (29), Comeau (22), Jurcina (22), Martinek (20), Wisniewski (20), Sim (18). Yes, Matt Martin has only played six games but is credited with the team lead in hits by a wide margin.

Blocked Shots: Eaton (30), Mottau (23), Martinek (20), Jurcina (18), MacDonald (17). Zenon Konopka and Matt Moulson are the leaders among forwards with 13 blocks each. MacDonald has only appeared in 7 games, the final one abbreviated by injury.

Faceoff Win% (min. 79 draws): Konopka (59.9% on 232 draws), Tavares (56.4% on 149), Weight (52.4% on 105), Nielsen (48.4% on 194), Bailey (44.3% on 79). It's still very early, but John Tavares' improvement over last year is encouraging. Shorthanded (generally tougher draws to win), Konopka is 31-26 while Nielsen is 13-12. No one else has more than 14 SH draws.

Survey of Media Rankings

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports (Nov. 8) 30 27
The losing streak is now at seven and all in regulation.
The countdown may be starting on coach Scott Gordon.
Col. Dispatch (Portzline, Nov. 8) 30 24
A seven-game losing streak has restored reality on Long Island.
The Isles have given up 31 goals during the skid.
ESPN (Nov. 8)
27 25 The Isles are in a freefall with seven straight losses.
Sportsnet (Brophy) 27 24 Seven straight losses - all in regulation time - have all but erased
the Islanders surprisingly good start to the year.
TSN (Cullen) 28 19 The calls have started coming for coach Scott Gordon's job
now that the Isles have dropped seven in a row;
maybe he should tell his team to score more than
the six goals they've managed in the last five games.
Average 28.4 23.8 7-game losing streaks breed very bad things.

Power Rankings

In a methodology that was explained in last week's post, these are "real" power rankings (i.e. based on weighted results based on which teams each team has beaten) calculated by LHH user ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles. He answered questions about them in last week's post, but you can always ask again here. (Note: They do not include last night's OT game between Detroit and Phoenix, won by the Wings 3-2.)

W L OTL Pts GP Win Pct Pts./Game PWR
1. St. Louis 9 1 2 20 12 0.833 0.4599 2441
Los Angeles 10 3 0 20 13 0.769 0.4341 2322
Detroit 8 3 1 17 12 0.708 0.3408 1937
Vancouver 8 3 2 18 13 0.692 0.3650 1919
Washington 10 4 0 20 14 0.714 0.3599 1885
Boston 7 3 1 15 11 0.682 0.3614 1865
Minnesota 7 4 2 16 13 0.615 0.3456 1798
Columbus 8 5 0 16 13 0.615 0.3372 1764
Tampa Bay 7 4 2 16 13 0.615 0.3347 1740
10. Philadelphia 9 4 2 20 15 0.667 0.3289 1680
Nashville 5 5 3 13 13 0.500 0.3002 1622
Colorado 7 5 1 15 13 0.577 0.3140 1613
Chicago 8 8 1 17 17 0.500 0.2951 1585
Dallas 8 5 0 16 13 0.615 0.3008 1582
Anaheim 7 7 1 15 15 0.500 0.2879 1545
Phoenix 4 5 4 12 13 0.462 0.2936 1532
San Jose 6 5 1 13 12 0.542 0.2777 1495
Atlanta 6 5 3 15 14 0.536 0.2904 1491
Montreal 8 5 1 17 14 0.607 0.2658 1370
20. Carolina 7 7 0 14 14 0.500 0.2531 1367
Calgary 6 7 0 12 13 0.462 0.2507 1348
Pittsburgh 7 7 1 15 15 0.500 0.2492 1338
Ottawa 7 6 1 15 14 0.536 0.2524 1293
NY Rangers 7 6 1 15 14 0.536 0.2404 1245
Toronto 5 5 3 13 13 0.500 0.2537 1212
Edmonton 4 6 2 10 12 0.417 0.2014 1122
Florida 5 7 0 10 12 0.417 0.2118 1086
28. NY Islanders 4 8 2 10 14 0.357 0.1990 1013
Buffalo 4 9 2 10 15 0.333 0.1526 778
New Jersey 4 10 1 9 15 0.300 0.1499 768
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