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Power Rankings for November (and October)

Islander fans sure do like to analyze their team's progress, eh? Torgo made an excellent post recently, breaking down the Isles' record in 10-game chunks. You should check that one out.

And now it's my turn. As I have mentioned before ad nausem, the power rankings calculate how well the Isles fared against teams based on those teams' records. So I recalculated the power rankings based on each individual month. With that bite-sized amount of data, I imagine we'd have a better feel for how the boys are improving (or faltering) as the year goes on.

In fact, when I did this exercise last year (all in one post at the end of the season), we were hit with the reality that they only were strong enough to be considered "playoff caliber" for one month (February). Despite the other good months, their wins against good teams happened to be while those teams were sagging a bit, thus taking some luster off of the Isles' late season surge.

After the jump, I will show where the Isles stood given November's data, and perhaps even use the info to draw a conclusion or two (imagine that!)...

OK, first of all, we need something to compare this November to. I'll try two things: This October's rankings (comparing month to month), and last November's (how are they compared to last year?):

NHL Power Rankings for October 2011

Winning
W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1. Washington 7 2 0 14 0.778 2316
2.
Edmonton 7 2 2 16 0.727 2291
3. Pittsburgh 8 3 2 18 0.692 2010
4. Los Angeles 6 3 2 14 0.636 1975
5. Chicago 7 2 2 16 0.727 1969
6. Dallas 8 3 0 16 0.727 1894
7. Toronto 7 3 1 15 0.682 1860
8. Phoenix 5 3 2 12 0.600 1805
9. Colorado 7 4 0 14 0.636 1746
10. Philadelphia 6 4 1 13 0.591 1703
11. Minnesota 4 3 3 11 0.550 1672
12. Buffalo 6 4 0 12 0.600 1644
13. San Jose 6 4 0 12 0.600 1605
14. NY Rangers 4 3 3 11 0.550 1589
15. Tampa Bay 5 4 2 12 0.545 1589
16. New Jersey 4 4 1 9 0.500 1584
17. Vancouver 5 5 1 11 0.500 1578
18. Florida 6 4 1 13 0.591 1577
19. Ottawa 7 5 0 14 0.583 1554
20. Calgary 4 4 1 9 0.500 1498
21. Detroit 5 4 0 10 0.556 1469
22. Anaheim 5 5 1 11 0.500 1464
23. Carolina 4 4 3 11 0.500 1422
24. Nashville 5 4 2 12 0.545 1411
25. NY Islanders 3 4 2 8 0.444 1349
26.
St. Louis 5 6 0 10 0.455 1300
27. Winnipeg 4 6 1 9 0.409 1277
28. Montreal 4 5 2 10 0.455 1172
29. Boston 3 7 0 6 0.300 1027
30. Columbus 2 9 1 5 0.208 602

For what it's worth, by this point last year, the Isles were 21st, so they were off to a slower start. It probably felt a lot worse, given some of the stinkers the boys laid (the Florida trip comes to mind), but I won't put too much stock in the first month of any season, really. I think the performance of a team from November and beyond is more telling...

NHL Power Rankings for November of 2011

Winning
W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1. Boston 12 0 1 25 0.962 2346
2. St. Louis 9 2 2 20 0.769 2199
3. Minnesota 11 4 0 22 0.733 2069
4. Detroit 10 3 1 21 0.750 1879
5. San Jose 7 3 1 15 0.682 1876
6. NY Rangers 9 2 0 18 0.818 1856
7. Vancouver 9 4 0 18 0.692 1752
8. Philadelphia 7 3 2 16 0.667 1702
9. Florida 7 3 3 17 0.654 1688
10. Phoenix 8 4 1 17 0.654 1562
11. Los Angeles 6 5 2 14 0.538 1553
12. Tampa Bay 6 7 0 12 0.462 1481
13. Pittsburgh 6 4 2 14 0.583 1440
14. Chicago 7 6 1 15 0.536 1412
15. Nashville 6 5 2 14 0.538 1368
16. Toronto 7 6 1 15 0.536 1357
17. New Jersey 8 6 0 16 0.571 1340
18. Montreal 6 6 2 14 0.500 1271
19. Buffalo 7 6 1 15 0.536 1263
20. Edmonton 5 8 1 11 0.393 1182
21. Ottawa 5 5 2 12 0.500 1181
22. Winnipeg 5 5 3 13 0.500 1163
23. Calgary 6 8 0 12 0.429 1119
24. Columbus 4 6 2 10 0.417 1118
25. Dallas 6 6 1 13 0.500 1004
26. NY Islanders 4 7 2 10 0.385 927
27. Washington 5 8 1 11 0.393 896
28. Carolina 4 10 1 9 0.300 869
29. Anaheim 2 8 3 7 0.269 792
30. Colorado 4 9 1 9 0.321 697

Well, it's not nearly as bad as I expected. Nothing great, but given our despair around here last month, you'd think it was last November's swoon. Back then, the Isles finished dead last for the month. This time around, we even finished ahead of Washington and Carolina (the two teams who will be joining our new conference next year). And compared to the prior month, they were doing about the same, which again is a bit of a surprise due to what seemed like a truly terrible Movember (it's gotta be the staches!).

From this, I draw a little bit of hope for this year. Last year, we all wondered what the Isles might have accomplished if only they actually did something in November. This time around, they actually did gain some points, despite an obvious room for improvement. And now that they're on a bit of a win streak, who knows? I certainly like their chances more this year (current format) than next (format of death!).

More to come. I'll do this every month from here on out.

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