Islanders Bits, NHL Power Rankings: Jurcina is Close

The Islanders practiced today before shipping out -- with all three goalies -- for the back leg of their home-and-home with Pittsburgh.

The most notable development is Milan Jurcina is close enough to be a morning decision, while Andrew MacDonald took another maintenance day.

Below are other links about last night's game and the general state of the Islanders, as well as our weekly NHL Power Rankings roundup. It's interesting watching national media try to get a sense of this team, and generally being a few games behind the trends noticed by those of us who watch the team most closely.

Islanders Links & Etc.

Last Night: NYI FYI takes on the positives, but says a shakeup should be the next step; talk of evals by the visiting Bridgeport scouts too. ... Eyes on the Isles on panic. ... The Post on the strong goaltending (and DiPietro "closer to playing"), and what the rest of the team needs to do ... Newsday on DiPietro ... 7th Woman on the frustration .

Now on to our weekly "what are they saying? They're so wrong!" exercise...

 

Media Power Rankings

We've added in Fox since last week (and recalculated last week's average accordingly), and TSN's is generally an every-other-week thing, so their upward trend seems behind the times. Still no listing from Columbus though. :(

But take a look. These were before last night's loss:

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 16 9
John Tavares is still on a roll with 10 points in his past four games and has had a hand in 10 of the Islanders' past 12 goals.
THN
(Proteau)
18 14
Only Pens, Hawks have a more effective penalty kill than Isles (91.7 percent)
ESPN 19 6 Back-to-back losses to Tampa Bay and Florida bring the Islanders back down to Earth. Up next: a home-and-home against the Penguins this week.
CBC 18 11 Are the Islanders coming down to earth? The line of Tavares-Parenteau-Moulson is certainly not. They've combined for 22 points in six games. This could be a confidence-building or confidence-breaking week. New York has a couple dates with the Penguins and then the Sharks. Good test for the young Isles.
TSN
(Cullen)
11 22 It's difficult to be more top-heavy than the Isles, as C John Tavares, RW PA Parenteau and D Mark Streit have combined for 24 of the team's 37 total points thus far.
Fox 14 24 The Isles’ offense is better than the three combined goals in losses to Tampa and Florida. John Tavares has been one of the league’s best forwards thus far.
Average
16
14.3 "Back to Earth. Sort of."

 

 

Real Power Rankings

Our weekly "real" power rankings, courtesy of our own ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles (who is the one you'll find tirelessly compiling FIG picks in the game thread), conceived and delivers these week after week. They reflect games through Sunday.

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. These are through Sunday's (Oct. 23) games:

W L OTL Pts Pts% PWR
1 Washington 7 0 0 14 1.000 2973
2 Los Angeles 5 1 1 11 0.786 2246
3 Buffalo 5 2 0 10 0.714 2226
4 Chicago 4 1 2 10 0.714 1998
5 Pittsburgh 6 2 2 14 0.700 1917
6 Tampa Bay 3 3 2 8 0.500 1739
7 New Jersey 3 2 1 7 0.583 1710
8 Philadelphia 4 2 1 9 0.643 1708
9 Detroit 5 1 0 10 0.833 1686
10 Carolina 3 3 2 8 0.500 1670
11 Florida 4 3 0 8 0.571 1637
12 Dallas 6 2 0 12 0.750 1630
13 Colorado 6 2 0 12 0.750 1610
14 Edmonton 3 2 2 8 0.571 1531
15 Anaheim 4 3 0 8 0.571 1432
16 Toronto 5 1 1 11 0.786 1418
17 San Jose 3 3 0 6 0.500 1412
18 NY Islanders 3 3 0 6 0.500 1400
19 Minnesota 3 2 3 9 0.563 1344
20 NY Rangers 2 2 2 6 0.500 1307
21 Boston 3 5 0 6 0.375 1276
22 St. Louis 4 4 0 8 0.500 1256
23 Vancouver 4 3 1 9 0.563 1237
24 Phoenix 3 3 1 7 0.500 1196
25 Winnipeg 2 4 1 5 0.357 1133
26 Nashville 3 3 1 7 0.500 892
27 Calgary 2 4 1 5 0.357 882
28 Montreal 1 4 2 4 0.286 765
29 Ottawa 3 5 0 6 0.375 670
30 Columbus 0 7 1 1 0.063 203

>>"Well there we're in sort of a gray area."

"How gray?"

>>"...Charcoal."

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