Michael Grabner and the Islanders hope to get off to a fast start -- get it?! -- to the second half.
After 49 games, the Islanders are 15-27-7. They're 8-12-4 at home, 7-15-3 on the road. Here's a look at how their remaining schedule stacks up, as well as our latest NHL Power Rankings.
(As for news, if you missed it the Islanders recalled Kevin Poulin, Dylan Reese and -- here's the mild surprise -- Ty Wishart. The Islanders play Tuesday and Wednesday night on the road, while Bridgeport is off thanks to the AHL All-Star break.)
|Bos, NJD, Phi, Pit, Tor||3|
|Atl, Car, Fla, NYR, Ott, Was||2|
|Buf, Mon, TB||1|
|WEST: LA, Min, STL||1|
Continuing the pace we've seen all season, that's a lot of back-to-backs, starting this week in Atlanta and Pittsburgh. There is also an all-road back-to-back March 18 and 19 at Carolina and Florida. The rest at least feature one game at home.
Attendance-wise, they have two remaining Tuesday home dates (the Leafs each time), one more Monday matinee (Presidents' Day vs. the Panthers), a Wednesday night hosting the Wild (yikes), while the other 14 home games are Thursday, Friday or Saturday dates.
NHL Power Rankings
Figure most of our weekly media types to be late (if they post at all) or at least unchanged with their power rankings, so we'll just post our updated calculations. However:
- ESPN did still do theirs and dropped the Isles from 28 to 29th, with Pierre LeBrun adding, "Good job by GM Garth Snow to get Matt Moulson re-signed." (You know it's LeBrun and not Burnside when the comment has to do with actual news.)
- Sportsnet/Mike Brophy dropped the Isles from 28 to 30th, commenting, "In a season where the losses greatly outweigh the wins, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Penguins is almost like a moral victory."
As to our Power Rankings below: The calculations are not impressed by New Jersey's recent surge. Otherwise, the top four and bottom eight remain basically the same, with just a little shuffling.
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.