Islanders Bits, NHL Power Rankings: Falling, falling

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[UPDATE: Mark Eaton is out for six weeks with that left MCL sprain.]

Believe it or not, despite two wins in 14 games, the Islanders are still not Columbus! But they probably wish they were.

The Blue Jackets have played better lately, are slowly chipping away at the awful start accentuated by injuries, a suspension and awful goaltending, and before long Columbus should be solidly not-last in the NHL. For now, the way opinion polls and our power rankings tend to trail the flow of play, they are the only team consistently ranked behind the Islanders in the media surveys.

Another kick to the gut? According to stat tracker Eric Hornick, the Islanders' overall franchise record is now back down to .500 for the first time since 1978. It's like one more piece of dignity chipped away.

Links of misery and power tablature follow.

Islanders (Mostly) Links

Late Additions:

How Other Teams See the Islanders

Via BenHasna in comments, video of Dan Bylsma's pre-game talk last night:


 

Media Power Rankings

Make it stop.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 30 28
The team is struggling to score, goalies are getting injured, and coach Jack Capuano was upset after a 6-0 home loss to the Bruins over the weekend because his team lacks the passion it played with at the end of last season.
THN
(Proteau)
28 27
Only Ducks (0.66) have worse 5-on-5 goals-for/against ratio than Isles (0.67).
ESPN
(LeBrun)
29 29 With only two wins in November, the free-falling Isles are the lucky ones to get Sidney Crosby's return game.
CBC n/a 29 [-/- pending -/-]
TSN
(Cullen)
28 25 Two wins in the last 13 games and their two best goaltenders (so far this season) are currently hurt.
Fox 29 29 It doesn’t matter if Evgeni Nabokov, Rick DiPietro or Al Montoya starts – the Isles haven’t allowed fewer than three goals in a game since Oct. 15.
Average
28.8
27.8 Sidney Crosby? Sidney Crosby. But seriously ... Sidney Crosby.

 

Real Power Rankings

These are before last night's loss (and other Monday games).

Our weekly "real" power rankings are 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. For reference, last week's post is here.

W L OTL Pts Win Pct PWR
1 San Jose 12 5 1 25 0.694 2133
2 Phoenix 10 5 3 23 0.639 1956
3 NY Rangers 10 4 3 23 0.676 1890
4 Philadelphia 11 5 3 25 0.658 1874
5 Minnesota 12 5 3 27 0.675 1845
6 Pittsburgh 11 6 3 25 0.625 1830
7 Nashville 10 5 4 24 0.632 1814
8 Edmonton 10 7 2 22 0.579 1812
9 Los Angeles 10 7 3 23 0.575 1805
10 New Jersey 10 7 1 21 0.583 1774
11 St. Louis 10 7 2 22 0.579 1770
12 Chicago 12 6 3 27 0.643 1723
13 Florida 10 6 3 23 0.605 1722
14 Washington 10 7 1 21 0.583 1716
15 Boston 11 7 0 22 0.611 1695
16 Detroit 11 7 1 23 0.605 1659
17 Buffalo 12 8 0 24 0.600 1653
18 Toronto 11 8 2 24 0.571 1653
19 Montreal 9 8 3 21 0.525 1592
20 Dallas 11 8 0 22 0.579 1580
21 Tampa Bay 9 8 2 20 0.526 1555
22 Vancouver 10 9 1 21 0.525 1519
23 Ottawa 10 9 2 22 0.524 1487
24 Winnipeg 8 9 3 19 0.475 1439
25 Calgary 8 9 1 17 0.472 1372
26 Anaheim 6 10 4 16 0.400 1369
27 Colorado 9 11 1 19 0.452 1262
28 Carolina 7 11 3 17 0.405 1253
29 NY Islanders 5 9 3 13 0.382 1214
30 Columbus 4 13 2 10 0.263 748
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