Islanders Bits, NHL Power Rankings: 26 Anyone?

Ack.

Our weekly power rankings and survey of media rankings is below, but first some links and one more look at last night's loss to Montreal. Some interesting quotes in Arthur Staple's game recap at Newsday, with some familiar themes: We made mistakes, but we battled back.

The "battling back" is a nice note from recent games, but still obviously not enough. The article also notes Al Montoya's rougher ride in recent games, though his quote about the game-winner could be read to point, as several fans have, at the defensemen in front of him: "A great shot off the post," Montoya said. "I had no eyes on it." Indeed.

While we focused on Montoya at the risk of over-analysis in our game recap, the quote Staple has from Josh Bailey toward the end is probably most reflective of how things are: "We owe him a lot more than he owes us at this point."

Further Reading for Diversionary Purposes

General Hockey Reading

Media Power Rankings

And now on to the media power rankings survey. Obviously, the 3-0-1 trip did some good in the eyes of the Fractured Estate. All of these do not reflect last night's win er, loss.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 24 27
Tough loss against the Penguins on Saturday, but they have been playing much better over the past two weeks with points in six of their past seven games, including four wins.
THN
(Proteau)
27 25
At 0-2, Isles one of six teams (including Canes, Flyers, Blues, Preds and Flames) without a shootout win.
ESPN
(Burnside)
25 26 A disheartening loss to the injury-ravaged Penguins on Saturday suggests that this team still doesn't quite get it. Still, 4-1-2 in their past seven represents as good a stretch as the Isles have had since early in the season.
CBC n/a n/a [pending]
TSN
(Cullen)
26 28 With one regulation loss in the last seven, there are signs of life on the Island, with LW Matt Moulson leading the charge, scoring eight goals in those seven games.
Fox 27 27 Let’s see if Al Montoya can become a legitimate starting goaltender in the NHL. He has the pedigree; some goaltenders take longer to develop than others.
Average
25.8
26.6 Gonna take more to get out of the bottom five.

Real Power Rankings

Our weekly "real" power rankings are courtesy of Mike, or ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles (who is the one you'll find tirelessly compiling FIG picks in the game thread), conceived and delivers these week after week. They are calculated in true "power ranking" fashion -- i.e. how well teams fare based on their opponents' records.

As for this week's ranking, the table below reflects games through Sunday. There are some ugly teams at the top, and some familiar company for the Islanders near the bottom:

W L OTL Pts Win Pct PWR
1 Minnesota 20 7 3 43 0.717 2059
2 NY Rangers 17 6 4 38 0.704 1971
3 St. Louis 17 9 3 37 0.638 1921
4 Philadelphia 18 7 3 39 0.696 1920
5 Detroit 18 9 1 37 0.661 1854
6 Chicago 18 8 4 40 0.667 1844
7 Boston 18 9 1 37 0.661 1837
8 San Jose 15 10 2 32 0.593 1808
9 Pittsburgh 17 9 4 38 0.633 1801
10 Vancouver 18 10 1 37 0.638 1780
11 Florida 16 9 5 37 0.617 1773
12 Phoenix 15 11 3 33 0.569 1623
13 Toronto 15 11 3 33 0.569 1620
14 Los Angeles 13 12 4 30 0.517 1613
15 Dallas 16 11 1 33 0.589 1594
16 Edmonton 14 13 3 31 0.517 1582
17 Washington 15 12 1 31 0.554 1543
18 Buffalo 15 12 2 32 0.552 1537
19 Montreal 12 11 7 31 0.517 1503
20 Calgary 14 13 2 30 0.517 1496
21 Nashville 14 11 4 32 0.552 1494
22 Winnipeg 13 12 4 30 0.517 1475
23 Ottawa 13 13 4 30 0.500 1415
24 New Jersey 14 13 1 29 0.518 1407
25 Tampa Bay 12 15 2 26 0.448 1376
26 NY Islanders 9 12 6 24 0.444 1348
27 Colorado 13 16 1 27 0.450 1322
28 Anaheim 8 16 5 21 0.362 1215
29 Carolina 9 18 4 22 0.355 1115
30 Columbus 8 17 4 20 0.345 963

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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