NHL Power Rankings: Isles level off, Sens dropping

Ryan Miller can only buy you so much power.

A bit hurried version of our weekly NHL Power Rankings post, with a media survey and our calculated "real" rankings after the jump. Some of the SBN writers still do a weekly poll, divided by conference. In media polls, Ottawa is dropping; in the SBN poll, they've already dropped to the bottom of the East.

Meanwhile, depending on when you see this, you can catch or view the archive of Michael Fornabaio's weekly Bridgeport chat at ConnPost.com.

Something interesting already from Fornabaio's chat, in terms of how things work and how the injury situation is evolving (i.e., Nabokov would've been a nice near-term insurance considering Nathan Lawson is hurt and Mikko Koskinen has been hurting) -- here is his answer to a question from Ray on how teams identify PTO prospects:

The AHL coach does a lot of the work in the moment. Calling his contacts, talking to the scouting staff, talking to people he knows and trusts in the ECHL/CHL and getting opinions. Sometimes the guy he wants is available, sometimes not, sometimes doesn't even want to come up.

 

Media Rankings Survey

Incredibly, in their lovely quips everyone is on Nabokov's side. It's understandable that Nabokov wanted to have a roster spot on a contender gift-wrapped for him. It's not understandable that he expected that to happen.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 28 25
Fall behind and fuhgeddaboudit. Isles are 4-22-4 after giving up the first goal in a game.
Col. Dispatch 28 29
Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov took one look at the Islanders and immediately remembered how much he liked playing in Russia.
ESPN 28 27 Not even unemployed netminder Evgeni Nabokov wants to play for the Islanders. Loss to Buffalo on Sunday was their sixth in past eight games.
Sportsnet (Brophy) 28 28 Thanks, but no thanks. That was the message from goalie Evgeni Nabokov who was claimed off waivers by the Islanders.
TSN
(Cullen)
27 27 10-7-2 in the last 19 games, the Islanders have been respectable lately, but not respectable enough that Evgeni Nabokov is willing to join them for the rest of the season. Even if Nabokov is an upgrade in goal, it's a long way (18 points) to catch a playoff spot and, at 35-tears-old, it's understandable that the postseason is a priority for the goaltender.
Average 27.8 27.2 Nabokov = Hey, fresh shot at old material!

Real NHL Power Rankings

For reference: Last week's power ranking post is here.

In the true power rankings, the Islanders have slowed some, but they are inching closer to 26th-place Ottawa -- who define "stall" both in performance and in public perception. Fans are ready for a reset there; the rest of the TV-watching public might just benefit if they pick Pierre McGuire to push the button. I hope they hire him and that he does well enough to stay for a while.

A fun way these power rankings show things that it takes a week or so for the media to catch on to: In the media rankings, Atlanta is "dropping," whereas in our Power Rankings they'd already dropped to 20 by last week. Their power number is a little worse this week, but their rank remains the same.

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 Philadelphia 32 12 5 69 49 0.704 0.3713 2013
2 Vancouver 29 10 9 67 48 0.698 0.3673 2012
3 Detroit 29 13 6 64 48 0.667 0.3614 1996
4 Tampa Bay 30 15 5 65 50 0.650 0.3622 1954
5 Dallas 29 14 5 63 48 0.656 0.3538 1943
6 Pittsburgh 30 15 4 64 49 0.653 0.3552 1927
7 Nashville 27 15 6 60 48 0.625 0.3441 1900
8 Boston 27 14 7 61 48 0.635 0.3460 1874
9 Washington 27 14 8 62 49 0.633 0.3363 1825
10 Anaheim 27 20 4 58 51 0.569 0.3251 1772
11 Phoenix 24 16 9 57 49 0.582 0.3221 1771
12 Chicago 26 19 4 56 49 0.571 0.3186 1754
13 Montreal 27 17 5 59 49 0.602 0.3204 1728
14 Colorado 24 18 6 54 48 0.563 0.3154 1713
15 St. Louis 22 18 7 51 47 0.543 0.3109 1703
16 San Jose 25 19 5 55 49 0.561 0.3049 1682
17 Minnesota 24 19 5 53 48 0.552 0.3058 1671
18 NY Rangers 28 19 3 59 50 0.590 0.3048 1664
19 Los Angeles 25 22 1 51 48 0.531 0.2998 1640
20 Atlanta 23 19 9 55 51 0.539 0.2985 1624
21 Columbus 23 20 5 51 48 0.531 0.2953 1619
22 Carolina 23 19 6 52 48 0.542 0.2862 1567
23 Calgary 22 21 6 50 49 0.510 0.2784 1517
24 Florida 21 21 5 47 47 0.500 0.2771 1504
25 Buffalo 22 21 5 49 48 0.510 0.2679 1460
26 Toronto 19 23 5 43 47 0.457 0.2455 1339
27 Ottawa 17 25 7 41 49 0.418 0.2222 1213
28 NY Islanders 15 25 7 37 47 0.394 0.2199 1201
29 New Jersey 16 29 3 35 48 0.365 0.2081 1133
30 Edmonton 14 25 8 36 47 0.383 0.2038 1129
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