Islanders/NHL Power Ranking Survey: 27th

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By standings points (26 points), the New York Islanders rank 28th overall (with games in hand on most of their neighbors -- or neighbours, for our northern friends). By points percentage (.433), they rank 27th as their 1-6 OT/SO record fails them.

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Most media place them just a little higher than that (average of 26th, in the table below), while the GM said earlier this month that now is the time to vault well above that and make a playoff push. They are nine points out of eighth, with one to four games in hand on the teams they need to leap.

For a quick look at how fans of tonight's opponent digested last weeks Jets power rankings, check out Arctic Ice Hockey. This is our weekly power rankings and media ranking survey. It's also a chance to consider how they rank by several measures -- here's Torgo's look at their season in 10-game segments -- and speculate how high or low they're capable of landing by the end of the season.

On that note, and speaking of Arctic Ice Hockey, I linked this "Fenwick Power Ranking" post in the game preview, but it's an interesting look because it ranks teams by even strength possession (which is a long-term determinant of wins) and not by wins (which are of course, the ultimate measure but in short-term are subject to bounces and refs and hexes resulting from our First Islanders Goal picks).

By that goalie- and special teams-independent measure they rank 20th.

Media Power Rankings

And now on to the media power rankings survey:

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 24 24
The revolving door in the Islanders goal crease continued last week as Kevin Poulin became the fifth different goalie to start a game for the team this season. He stopped 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Five goalies in one year may seem like a lot (because it is) but they still need to use one more to match last season's total of six.
THN
(Proteau)
27 27
Rick DiPietro injured again, Isles near bottom of standings again - it's Groundhog Year on Long Island for the umpteenth straight year
ESPN
(LeBrun)
26 25 Upset win over Minnesota on Saturday night ends four-game slide.
CBC n/a n/a [gone dark and cold]
TSN
(Cullen)
26 26 Five games without a regulation win and probably no coincidence that the Isles are 1-for-20 (5.0%) with the man advantage in that time, since they had gone the previous five without a regulation loss while going 6-for-18 (33.3%) on the power play.
Fox 27 27 John Tavares has been putting up a little bit of offense, but the Isles’ young crop of forwards hasn’t taken a significant step forward as expected. Their defense has allowed at least three goals in six of eight.
Average
26
25.8 Not much change as the Isles settle in familiar Nino-Strome territory.

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, Dec. 18. There are some ugly teams at the top, a team the Islanders just beat still hanging on at the top, and there's the Islanders, hanging one spot below where a lot of media have them:

W L OTL Pts Win Pct PWR
1 Minnesota 20 8 5 45 0.682 1957
2 St. Louis 19 9 4 42 0.656 1943
3 Boston 21 9 1 43 0.694 1940
4 Chicago 21 8 4 46 0.697 1931
5 Philadelphia 20 8 3 43 0.694 1929
6 San Jose 17 10 3 37 0.617 1881
7 NY Rangers 18 8 4 40 0.667 1879
8 Detroit 20 10 1 41 0.661 1867
9 Florida 18 9 6 42 0.636 1821
10 Vancouver 19 11 2 40 0.625 1725
11 Pittsburgh 18 11 4 40 0.606 1724
12 Dallas 18 12 1 37 0.597 1639
13 Nashville 17 11 4 38 0.594 1637
14 New Jersey 18 13 1 37 0.578 1608
15 Phoenix 16 13 3 35 0.547 1590
16 Winnipeg 15 13 4 34 0.531 1548
17 Toronto 16 13 3 35 0.547 1540
18 Buffalo 16 13 3 35 0.547 1533
19 Los Angeles 14 14 4 32 0.500 1528
20 Washington 16 14 1 33 0.532 1518
21 Edmonton 14 15 3 31 0.484 1480
22 Montreal 13 13 7 33 0.500 1477
23 Ottawa 15 14 4 34 0.515 1459
24 Calgary 14 15 4 32 0.485 1415
25 Colorado 15 17 1 31 0.470 1406
26 Tampa Bay 14 16 2 30 0.469 1396
27 NY Islanders 10 14 6 26 0.433 1340
28 Carolina 10 18 6 26 0.382 1203
29 Anaheim 9 18 5 23 0.359 1176
30 Columbus 9 20 4 22 0.333 956

For reference, here is last week's power rankings (Isles were 26th) post.

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