Mark Eaton's hip hurts; NHL Power Rankings

JT: "Think that guy is giving us more power?" >>Grabner: "Herr Capuano? Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei."

Not a lot of news flowing in from the West, but the Islanders' Twitter feed says Mark Eaton is now out with a hip injury that will be re-evaluated tomorrow. Also, from earlier this week: Birthday boy Zenon Konopka got the ol' faceful of cream. More pertinent, Newsday's Katie Strang adds updates on Blake Comeau (practiced with squad) and Frans Nielsen (skated beforehand), as well as quotes from Jack Capuano on Kevin Poulin -- who isn't even certain to be dressed for tomorrow's game, though prudence would say he flew out, so suit him up.

Down a rung on the organizational ladder, Michael Fornabaio reports Dustin Kohn will play tonight for the Sound Tigers for the first time since Nov. 20; new guy Ty Wishart will also play. (A bit more on Wishart at the official site). Fornabaio has thoughts from Mikko Koskinen on the goalie situation.

Around the league, in the Department of Dangerous Contracts: Mike Commodore wants out in Columbus. And something Isles and Rangers fans can agree on: The confusion with All-Star voting.

After the jump, weekly power rankings and media rankings -- which have gotten more interesting now that the Isles are winning again.

Media Rankings Survey

In which media members take a brief, awkward, hiatus from tired Isles bashing.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 26 24
Playing their best hockey and getting rid of their best players in the process. Do the Isles think improving their odds at winning the draft lottery means that much?
Col. Dispatch 27 29
The Islanders are 6-1-1 since Dec. 13 and opened a huge five-game trip against the West with a 4-3 overtime win in Detroit.
ESPN 26 28 The Isles have won six of eight games! The Isles have won six of eight games!
Sportsnet (Brophy) 28 29 The Islanders have won two straight and are 6-3-1 in their last 10.
TSN
(Cullen)
25 29 John Tavares is back! Not that he actually went anywhere, but after six points in 19 games, he's rallied with 13 points in his last nine games.
Average 26.4 27.8 I am much less funny when my favorite whipping boy wins games.

NHL Power Rankings

These are updated through Sunday's games (so, excluding the win in Calgary, which bumps the Isles over Toronto) and based in part on strength of schedule factors. Formula and calculations courtesy of our own ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles (Happy belated Birthday!).

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 24 8 5 53 37 0.716 0.3810 2085
2 Detroit 24 10 5 53 39 0.679 0.3677 2041
3 Tampa Bay 23 11 5 51 39 0.654 0.3628 1926
4 Philadelphia 24 10 5 53 39 0.679 0.3611 1921
5 Dallas 23 13 4 50 40 0.625 0.3469 1895
6 Pittsburgh 25 12 3 53 40 0.663 0.3466 1861
7 St. Louis 20 13 5 45 38 0.592 0.3382 1845
8 Los Angeles 22 15 1 45 38 0.592 0.3368 1842
9 Washington 23 12 5 51 40 0.638 0.3399 1815
10 San Jose 21 13 5 47 39 0.603 0.3235 1796
11 Boston 20 11 6 46 37 0.622 0.3312 1778
12 Nashville 19 13 6 44 38 0.579 0.3200 1759
13 Anaheim 21 17 4 46 42 0.548 0.3190 1748
14 Colorado 20 14 5 45 39 0.577 0.3205 1738
15 Phoenix 17 13 8 42 38 0.553 0.3118 1710
16 Chicago 20 17 3 43 40 0.538 0.3083 1702
17 Atlanta 21 15 6 48 42 0.571 0.3128 1686
18 Minnesota 18 15 5 41 38 0.539 0.3049 1670
19 Columbus 20 16 3 43 39 0.551 0.3027 1656
20 Montreal 21 16 3 45 40 0.563 0.2940 1571
21 NY Rangers 22 15 3 47 40 0.588 0.2848 1538
22 Carolina 18 15 4 40 37 0.541 0.2821 1535
23 Calgary 18 18 3 39 39 0.500 0.2699 1481
24 Florida 17 17 2 36 36 0.500 0.2724 1462
25 Buffalo 16 18 4 36 38 0.474 0.2443 1316
26 Ottawa 16 19 5 37 40 0.463 0.2433 1306
27 Edmonton 12 18 7 31 37 0.419 0.2232 1236
28 Toronto 14 19 4 32 37 0.432 0.2253 1199
29 NY Islanders 11 19 6 28 36 0.389 0.2144 1159
30 New Jersey 10 26 2 22 38 0.289 0.1587 863
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