Islanders Bits: Kabanov Glows, NHL Power Rankings Don't

At least they're not Columbus. That's about the best that can be said after another rough week where the Islanders snapped a six-game winless streak but followed it up last night with a picked-apart road loss to the Bruins.

Ironically, while the media power rankings focus on the streak and offensive drought, our calculated power rankings actually flatter the Islanders, giving them a boost for beating the Capitals in regulation and going to OT with the Sharks and Penguins. (TSN, the only media ranking that uses a formula rather than gut, also has the Isles in the middle third.)

With the dust settled, the Islanders are last in the East but just two points and a game in hand behind the Bruins team that manhandled them last night. It doesn't feel like it in the aftermath of a fifth regulation loss in eight games, but it is still early and corrections can be made. The nearly absent young players like Kyle Okposo should reappear. Maybe a little patience, in light of microanalyzing every play, would do a fan good. At least for mental health's sake anyway.

Islanders/Hockey Links

A few fun links before the tables:

 

Media Power Rankings

Not much to gripe about here. It's all the straight dope:

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 28 26
Ever since he allowed four goals in a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay back on October 20, Al Montoya has not appeared in another game for the Islanders; Evgeni Nabokov and Rick DiPietro have seen the action in the crease. Unless there's something going on that we don't know about it (like an undisclosed injury), that seems kind of odd given how well Montaya has played over the past two seasons.
THN
(Proteau)
23 23
John Tavares has four power play goals; rest of Isles have combined for three.
ESPN
(LeBrun)
29 28 Surprise win over the powerhouse Caps snaps a six-game winless streak.
CBC - 28 [awaiting update]
TSN
(Cullen)
21 17 Snapped a six-game losing streak with Saturday's win over Washington, but still waiting on the likes of Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau to find the net for the first time this season.
Fox 29 28 Saturday’s 5-3 win over Washington marked just the third time this season the Isles have scored more than two goals in a game.
Average
26
16 Everything is wrong.

 

Real Power Rankings (through Sunday)

W L OTL Pts Win Pct PWR
1 Edmonton 8 3 2 18 0.692 2273
2 Washington 9 3 0 18 0.750 2210
3 Pittsburgh 9 3 3 21 0.700 2202
4 Dallas 10 3 0 20 0.769 2013
5 Phoenix 7 4 2 16 0.615 1985
6 San Jose 7 4 1 15 0.625 1939
7 Los Angeles 6 4 3 15 0.577 1917
8 Chicago 8 3 3 19 0.679 1905
9 Minnesota 7 3 3 17 0.654 1853
10 NY Rangers 7 3 3 17 0.654 1842
11 Toronto 9 4 1 19 0.679 1773
12 Philadelphia 8 4 2 18 0.643 1742
13 Nashville 7 4 2 16 0.615 1736
14 Tampa Bay 7 5 2 16 0.571 1732
15 Florida 6 4 3 15 0.577 1721
16 New Jersey 6 5 1 13 0.542 1706
17 Buffalo 8 5 0 16 0.615 1700
18 NY Islanders 4 5 2 10 0.455 1597
19 Vancouver 7 7 1 15 0.500 1590
20 Anaheim 5 6 3 13 0.464 1535
21 Colorado 7 6 1 15 0.536 1491
22 Calgary 6 6 1 13 0.500 1444
23 Detroit 6 5 1 13 0.542 1434
24 Carolina 5 6 3 13 0.464 1398
25 St. Louis 6 7 0 12 0.462 1372
26 Ottawa 7 7 1 15 0.500 1361
27 Winnipeg 5 7 2 12 0.429 1342
28 Boston 5 7 0 10 0.417 1340
29 Montreal 5 6 2 12 0.462 1270
30 Columbus 2 11 1 5 0.179 494

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.

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