Islanders: No All-Stars, 28th in NHL Power Ranking

"Someone call the linesman over to shove this guy."

I'd do my best to feign outrage over the All-Star Game slight [FanShot for your reactions here], but looking at these forwards, Patrik Elias is the only one I'd say ought be replaced by an Islander based on 2010-11 performance -- and even Elias has comparable points (30 in 41 games) to the top-scoring Islander (28 in 37). Plus, having old Elias go instead of Ilya may be a funnier statement on last summer than having no Devils go at all.

Regardless, I confess the ASG lost its charm for me sometime around when they replaced orange and black with teal and purple, and Campbell and Wales was discarded like grandma's quilt. I'm sort of relieved to not have to pay attention this year. Michael Grabner was named to the [das auto] rookie SuperSkills something or other, which just might be as legit a way to decide who "wins" a real NHL game as the shootout. Hey, just think of how many people would be standing if you decided the game with a speed race and rapid fire drill!

If you missed the morning thread re-edits and/or people posting updates in comments, Rhett Rakhshani -- who has looked sluggish recently both by his coach's and fans' description -- has been recalled and Jon Sim indeed was "loaned" to Bridgeport.

Media Rankings Survey

The tone of commentary has changed -- why, even Burnside's cheap shot well went dry. Beating Pittsburgh and Detroit will do that, I guess.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 24 26
Figures that Rick DiPietro would get hurt (again) only a couple of days after the Isles moved out Dwayne Roloson.
Col. Dispatch 26 27
Don't sleep on the Isles. On an 8-3-1 run with wins over Montreal, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Colorado.
ESPN 27 26 Kudos to the forlorn Islanders for putting together their best hockey of the season (7-3-0 in their past 10 games).
Sportsnet (Brophy) 28 28 With seven wins in 10 games, the Islanders seem to have taken to new coach Jack Capuano.
TSN
(Cullen)
- 25 [Next ranking won't be posted until Jan. 17.]
Average 26.25 26.4 San Jose is the new whipping boy, until the Isles lose a string again.

NHL Power Rankings

And in the opinion-free, purely numerical based rankings, the Islanders inch upward to 28th, leaping Edmonton despite losing to them. And the Devils...we're half way through -- can they really be this historically bad?

As always, these are updated through Sunday's games. Formula and calculations courtesy of our own ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles -- who is also often the one you'll find compiling FIG picks in the game thread.

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.

    W L OTL Pts GP Win% %Pts/GP PWR
1 Vancouver 27 8 6 60 41 0.732 0.3854 2096
2 Detroit 27 10 5 59 42 0.702 0.3783 2085
3 Philadelphia 26 10 5 57 41 0.695 0.3606 1936
4 Dallas 25 13 5 55 43 0.640 0.3534 1934
5 Tampa Bay 25 13 5 55 43 0.640 0.3612 1925
6 Pittsburgh 26 13 4 56 43 0.651 0.3464 1874
7 Washington 24 12 6 54 42 0.643 0.3458 1862
8 Nashville 22 13 6 50 41 0.610 0.3368 1859
9 St. Louis 20 14 6 46 40 0.575 0.3300 1797
10 Los Angeles 23 17 1 47 41 0.573 0.3266 1782
11 Phoenix 19 13 9 47 41 0.573 0.3235 1767
12 Anaheim 23 18 4 50 45 0.556 0.3232 1762
13 Boston 21 12 7 49 40 0.613 0.3258 1761
14 Chicago 23 18 3 49 44 0.557 0.3119 1718
15 Colorado 21 15 6 48 42 0.571 0.3149 1705
16 Atlanta 22 16 7 51 45 0.567 0.3113 1686
17 Minnesota 21 16 5 47 42 0.560 0.3086 1686
18 NY Rangers 25 15 3 53 43 0.616 0.3086 1678
19 Montreal 23 16 3 49 42 0.583 0.3109 1664
20 San Jose 21 17 5 47 43 0.547 0.2928 1617
21 Carolina 20 15 6 46 41 0.561 0.2926 1596
22 Columbus 20 19 3 43 42 0.512 0.2819 1539
23 Florida 18 20 2 38 40 0.475 0.2633 1416
24 Calgary 18 20 4 40 42 0.476 0.2585 1408
25 Buffalo 18 18 5 41 41 0.500 0.2582 1401
26 Ottawa 16 20 6 38 42 0.452 0.2415 1305
27 Toronto 16 20 4 36 40 0.450 0.2384 1289
28 NY Islanders 13 21 6 32 40 0.400 0.2193 1198
29 Edmonton 13 20 7 33 40 0.413 0.2144 1190
30 New Jersey 11 29 2 24 42 0.286 0.1612 877
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