Rakhshani, Reese returned; NHL power rankings smile on Nashville

Roster news from the Islanders: Dylan Reese and Rhett Rakhshani have been returned on loan to Bridgeport. Meanwhile, the Devils have put the aging, struggling Brian Rolston and his $5.06 million cap hit -- for this year and next -- on waivers. Rolston has as many points (4) as Trent Hunter.

In 28 games -- still tied for fewest in the league! -- the Islanders have 5 wins. My question to you: With 54 games to play, how many wins will they have, total, by the end of the season? Keep in mind that, remarkably, their best health is likely ahead of them.

After the jump, the weekly power rankings. As you'll see, the team the Islanders were trounced by last night is by this measure the second-strongest team in the league thus far (tied with hot Pittsburgh, trailing powerhouse Detroit).

Media Rankings Survey

Also known as "your weekly collection of ways to kick the Isles." The following were before last night's games:

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 30 30
Dominik's note: I'm skipping their Isles comment and noting that the column suggests Bruce Boudreau could be fired even with his team in first place and with two major injuries -- but not until the New Year because the HBO has a program about the Winter Classic. Okay.
Col. Dispatch 30 30
[Not updated yet, but we know where they'll have the Isles.]
ESPN 30 30 A woeful 0-5-0 so far in December ... well, you know the rest.
Sportsnet (Brophy) 30 30 The sad sack Islanders blow a two-goal lead in losing their fifth straight game.
TSN
(Cullen)
30 30 The Islanders have one win in the last 20 games -- a home win over New Jersey on November 26. The good news is that their power play goal on Saturday ended a 12-game drought with the man advantage.
Average 30 30 Let down and hangin' around / Crushed like a bug in the ground

NHL Power Rankings

Updated through Sunday's games. Formula and calculations courtesy of our user ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles. Explanation of how he does it is in the original post. If you have any questions about it, leave them in comments and he'll likely answer.

For reference, last week's -- where Nashville was 7th -- can be found here.

    W L OTL Pts GP Win % %Pts/GP PWR
1 Detroit 19 6 3 41 28 0.732 0.3944 2205
2 Nashville 14 8 6 34 28 0.607 0.3521 1928
3 Pittsburgh 21 8 2 44 31 0.710 0.3602 1928
4 Phoenix 14 8 6 34 28 0.607 0.3496 1904
5 Vancouver 16 8 4 36 28 0.643 0.3350 1837
6 Los Angeles 16 10 1 33 27 0.611 0.3354 1826
7 Philadelphia 19 7 5 43 31 0.694 0.3446 1824
8 St. Louis 14 9 5 33 28 0.589 0.3390 1821
9 Dallas 17 10 2 36 29 0.621 0.3322 1813
10 Columbus 16 11 1 33 28 0.589 0.3324 1803
11 Colorado 15 10 4 34 29 0.586 0.3315 1786
12 Tampa Bay 16 10 4 36 30 0.600 0.3364 1774
13 Chicago 16 12 3 35 31 0.565 0.3170 1740
14 Boston 16 8 4 36 28 0.643 0.3300 1735
15 San Jose 15 10 4 34 29 0.586 0.3130 1714
16 Atlanta 16 11 3 35 30 0.583 0.3208 1713
17 Washington 18 11 3 39 32 0.609 0.3183 1709
18 Anaheim 16 13 4 36 33 0.545 0.3102 1685
19 Montreal 18 10 2 38 30 0.633 0.3198 1683
20 Minnesota 13 12 4 30 29 0.517 0.2966 1627
21 NY Rangers 18 13 1 37 32 0.578 0.2723 1464
22 Carolina 12 12 4 28 28 0.500 0.2699 1456
23 Calgary 12 15 3 27 30 0.450 0.2533 1396
24 Edmonton 11 13 5 27 29 0.466 0.2465 1362
25 Florida 13 15 0 26 28 0.464 0.2389 1316
26 Toronto 11 14 4 26 29 0.448 0.2496 1298
27 Buffalo 12 14 4 28 30 0.467 0.2367 1268
28 Ottawa 13 16 2 28 31 0.452 0.2293 1217
29 New Jersey 8 19 2 18 29 0.310 0.1715 907
30 NY Islanders 5 17 5 15 27 0.278 0.1506 811
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