Islanders bits, and NHL Power Rankings: All class

The Pundits Are Right: No talent, no future here. Not at all.

This is a day late, and I know it's like dental torture reading What Others Say in our random sampling of media "power rankings," so I try to combine it with our Real Power Rankings and a few links of interest. Comedy and discussion usually ensues. Links here, rankings and commentary after the jump:

Media Rankings Survey

First, it's a day late but here is how various members of the Fourth Estate view our favorite thugs (note: rankings compiled before last night's win).

P.S.: Could Aaron Portzline possibly be more clueless about the state of the Isles? The answer is none. None more hack.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 25 27
Rookie Michael Grabner is the league's fastest player and, this week, its first star.
Col. Dispatch 28 28
No plan, no future, not much talent. After the goon-fest with Pittsburgh it's fair to say not much class, either.
ESPN 27 28 Just when you think there's no way the NHL's doormat franchise could find a new low, it goons it up like the Hanson Brothers last week against Pittsburgh. Brutal.
Sportsnet (Brophy) 27 28 With nine goals in his past five games, rookie Michael Grabner has thrust himself into the Calder Trophy race.
TSN
(Cullen)
28 27 Yes, the Islanders have won three in a row, but with the duo of Mikko Koskinen and Al Montoya between the pipes, questions linger about the sustainability of this improvement. Aside from that and Friday night's shenanigans against the Penguins, there really are some promising signs.
Average 27.0 27.6 Summary of our two weekly favorites requires channeling Radiohead: "Because...You have not been / Paying attention / Paying attention / Paying attention!..."

Real NHL Power Rankings

As always, these are updated through Sunday's games. Formula and calculations courtesy of our own ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles -- who is usually the one you'll find thanklessly compiling FIG picks in the game thread. (P.S. Strangest "what have we become?" part of my skiing weekend: A bunch of guys in our 30s and 40s playing Rock Band 3, trying to be Keith Moon on "I Can See for Miles.")

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 table is here.

Vancouver still on top, despite still more blueline injuries. New Jersey quite hot, but still just a shade above the Isles:

    W L OTL Pts GP Win% Pts%/GP PWR
1 Vancouver 36 11 9 81 56 0.723 0.3816 2086
2 Philadelphia 36 14 5 77 55 0.700 0.3747 2028
3 Detroit 34 16 6 74 56 0.661 0.3587 1972
4 Tampa Bay 34 17 5 73 56 0.652 0.3576 1931
5 Pittsburgh 35 19 4 74 58 0.638 0.3443 1866
6 Anaheim 32 21 4 68 57 0.596 0.3370 1841
7 Nashville 30 19 7 67 56 0.598 0.3339 1837
8 Boston 31 18 7 69 56 0.616 0.3361 1813
9 Minnesota 30 20 5 65 55 0.591 0.3288 1805
10 Phoenix 29 19 9 67 57 0.588 0.3268 1796
11 Los Angeles 31 22 3 65 56 0.580 0.3275 1789
12 Dallas 31 19 6 68 56 0.607 0.3257 1788
13 Washington 29 17 10 68 56 0.607 0.3284 1772
14 San Jose 30 21 6 66 57 0.579 0.3186 1757
15 Montreal 31 20 6 68 57 0.596 0.3178 1712
16 Chicago 28 22 6 62 56 0.554 0.3084 1697
17 Columbus 28 23 5 61 56 0.545 0.3035 1662
18 St. Louis 24 21 9 57 54 0.528 0.2975 1635
19 Calgary 28 22 8 64 58 0.552 0.2986 1634
20 NY Rangers 30 24 4 64 58 0.552 0.2933 1592
21 Atlanta 25 23 10 60 58 0.517 0.2855 1552
22 Carolina 27 22 8 62 57 0.544 0.2824 1546
23 Buffalo 26 22 6 58 54 0.537 0.2811 1530
24 Colorado 25 25 6 56 56 0.500 0.2786 1518
25 Florida 24 24 7 55 55 0.500 0.2751 1491
26 Toronto 23 27 6 52 56 0.464 0.2445 1334
27 New Jersey 22 30 4 48 56 0.429 0.2387 1292
28 NY Islanders 20 29 7 47 56 0.420 0.2335 1265
29 Ottawa 18 30 8 44 56 0.393 0.2073 1129
30 Edmonton 16 32 8 40 56 0.357 0.1931 1066
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