NHL Power Rankings; Mark Fistric Suspended 3 Games for Nino Hit

The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars defenseman Mark Fistric for his hit on Nino Niederreiter last weekend. The hit resulted in a concussion for Niederreiter and Brendan Shanahan explained that Niederreiter was eligible for the hit. But according to Shanahan, "the degree in which Fistric's skates come off the ice is evidence of his dangerous launch."

So basically, charging and leaving his feet. Shanahan's full explanation video is below. Here is Defending Big D's take (please don't troll), and in the body of their post they make a good point about Kronwall, who delivers the leaping hit quite often. Again, new era ... one hopes.

Also below: Assorted links, and our weekly NHL Power Rankings and survey of rankings from several media outlets, who took notice of the Islanders 3-0-1 road trip where Niederreiter both scored and got knocked out.

Shanahan Explains Fistric Suspension


Links for Personal Betterment and Generally Avoiding More Important Tasks

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.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 27 29
You have to wonder how organizations like Pittsburgh and Los Angeles let Matt Moulson get away for nothing. Coming off back-to-back 30-goal seasons, he seems ready to reach that mark again this season, and his four-goal effort Saturday night in Dallas didn't hurt that pace. [Ed. note: Even though it's an obvious reference to make, I'm tickled by their reference to the Bruins as "steamroller." Note CBS's top two teams and what they did to the Isles.]
THN
(Proteau)
25 28
Four of next five are at home, including showdowns with Hawks and Pens.
ESPN
(LeBrun)
26 29 Seven of eight points in their past four games for the Isles, who are showing signs of life.
CBC n/a 29 [pending]
TSN
(Cullen)
28 29 Aside from John Tavares, the Islanders' top-scoring forwards are like a thrift-shoppers dream, with P.A. Parenteau, Matt Moulson and Michael Grabner all gathered off the scrap heap in some manner.
Fox 27 30 Matt Moulson scored four goals in a win at Dallas on Saturday and leads the team with 13. We wonder if the offensively challenged Kings wish they had kept him around.
Average
26.6
29 Thank goodness it wasn't Burnside's turn this week as it would be really hard to trash a 3-0-1 road trip.

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 a special bonus, he's doing month by month power rankings now, to see how teams have changed (since our weekly power rankings are cumulative). Check out his FanPost on the October and November tables, and notice how teams like Washington and St. Louis have almost swapped places at opposite ends, while the "look at their rebuild!" Oilers November was very different from their October.

As for this week's ranking, the table below reflects 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. Here is how things shape up through Sunday's games:

W L OTL Pts Win Pct PWR
1 NY Rangers 15 5 3 33 0.717 1998
2 San Jose 14 8 1 29 0.630 1951
3 Minnesota 17 7 3 37 0.685 1921
4 Boston 16 7 1 33 0.688 1916
5 Pittsburgh 16 7 4 36 0.667 1909
6 Detroit 16 8 1 33 0.660 1871
7 Philadelphia 15 7 3 33 0.660 1806
8 Los Angeles 13 9 4 30 0.577 1783
9 Chicago 16 8 3 35 0.648 1778
10 Florida 14 8 4 32 0.615 1768
11 St. Louis 14 9 3 31 0.596 1766
12 Vancouver 15 10 1 31 0.596 1687
13 Phoenix 13 9 3 29 0.580 1672
14 Edmonton 13 11 3 29 0.537 1644
15 Dallas 15 10 1 31 0.596 1618
16 Toronto 14 10 2 30 0.577 1613
17 Buffalo 14 11 1 29 0.558 1535
18 Montreal 11 11 5 27 0.500 1514
19 Washington 13 11 1 27 0.540 1512
20 Nashville 12 10 4 28 0.538 1494
21 Colorado 13 13 1 27 0.500 1475
22 Ottawa 12 11 3 27 0.519 1455
23 Tampa Bay 11 12 2 24 0.480 1437
24 Winnipeg 11 11 4 26 0.500 1422
25 Calgary 11 13 2 24 0.462 1394
26 New Jersey 12 12 1 25 0.500 1367
27 NY Islanders 8 11 5 21 0.438 1335
28 Anaheim 7 14 5 19 0.365 1228
29 Carolina 8 16 4 20 0.357 1130
30 Columbus 7 16 3 17 0.327 905
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