Playoff night of poor goaltending, no defense; Plus: More power rankings

If you missed the late game last night, you missed a historic comeback, a lot of awful goaltending, and Mike Keenan spending seven separate intermission/studio breaks telling you that hockey is a game of momentum.

In the early game, Chicago destroyed the Canucks (who kept Roberto Luongo in there for the first six goals and 44 minutes), and Duncan Keith got a few retaliatory whacks in on Raffi Torres on the way to a 7-2 rout. Dave Bolland returned to the lineup with a massive game that makes you wonder "if only..." [2nd City Hockey | Nucks Misconduct]

Meanwhile in L.A., it wasn't quite an inversion of the Miracle on Manchester (nothing can touch that), but the Kings led 4-0 in the second period yet lost 6-5 in OT. Their whole game fell apart in the second period, and Jonathan Quick didn't do much to bail them out, too easily giving back what Antti Niemi had conceded. [Jewels ft Crown | Fear the Fin]

More Links

Islanders Prospects:

2011 Prospects: Anarcurt FanShots the latest ISS rankings.

2001 Prospects: SNY/PointBlank interview with Michael Peca on Islanders days, why Edmonton will be good again.

Calder Talk: After Michael Grabner was announced as one of the three finalists -- which, if you're unaware, means he was one of the top three vote getters. The voting is long since done. -- NYI FYI discusses whether he has a chance. Here's Grabner's interview with Vancouver radio Team 1040. Islanders audio here.

LHH Fantasy (no, that doesn't entail my dressing up as Little Bo Peep): LHH user 54_Fighting is organizing a fantasy league for LHH regulars next season. Instructions and details and such are in his FanPost here.

More LHH: The Flashlight, Episode Two. In which the defense is discussed, and Keith and WebBard discuss their toughest times as Islanders fans, and how they got roped back in.

The NHL/NBC TV Deal: I'm a fan. They've shown enough progress with Versus, and the Comcast/NBC merger means it makes sense to take the money and hook up with a oligarch network that will treat you as its main priority rather than one of 150, where you are somewhere behind poker reruns. ESPN is still the dominant force in all things sports, but I'm not sure that's as important in our multichannel/platform age, especially for a sport that feeds niche cultists like hockey fans. Anyway, Dirk Hoag has a great breakdown of what the salary cap implications might be. Keep in mind the revenue sharing he's concerned about with the Predators doesn't apply to the Islanders, because they don't get to eat from that buffet.

Gambling: This has come up here and there, but: The Shinnecocks and Nassau County and a casino. Discuss.

Bridgeport: The Sound Tigers season by the numbers.

 

Updated Power Rankings

So you know how our seasonlong power rankings are based on who has done what against whom? Suppose the season continued on (well it has, with the playoffs). That means more than half of the teams are still playing, adding to their tally, which means it affects their rankings and the rankings of the dormant teams left behind.

Which means the Islanders have moved up into a dead heat with the Panthers, and Detroit has jumped a few spots while Phoenix has dropped a few (you can see the final power rankings of the regular season here, for comparison):

    W L OTL Pts Played Win% % Pts. per GP PWR
1 Vancouver 57 19 9 123 85 0.724 0.3886 2135
2 San Jose 49 26 9 107 84 0.637 0.3568 1961
3 Washington 50 24 11 111 85 0.653 0.3562 1950
4 Detroit 49 25 10 108 84 0.643 0.3504 1927
5 Philadelphia 48 24 12 108 84 0.643 0.3492 1916
6 Pittsburgh 50 26 8 108 84 0.643 0.3458 1897
7 Tampa Bay 47 26 11 105 84 0.625 0.3414 1872
8 Nashville 46 28 11 103 85 0.606 0.3352 1845
9 Los Angeles 47 30 7 101 84 0.601 0.3338 1831
10 Anaheim 48 32 5 101 85 0.594 0.3321 1823
11 Boston 46 27 11 103 84 0.613 0.3328 1820
12 Montreal 46 30 8 100 84 0.595 0.3311 1808
13 Phoenix 43 28 13 99 84 0.589 0.3277 1798
14 Chicago 44 32 9 97 85 0.571 0.3196 1756
15 Buffalo 44 30 10 98 84 0.583 0.3190 1749
16 Dallas 42 29 11 95 82 0.579 0.3172 1749
17 NY Rangers 45 34 6 96 85 0.565 0.3156 1725
18 Calgary 41 29 12 94 82 0.573 0.3045 1675
19 St. Louis 38 33 11 87 82 0.530 0.2953 1626
20 Carolina 40 31 11 91 82 0.555 0.2937 1615
21 Minnesota 39 35 8 86 82 0.524 0.2859 1567
22 Toronto 37 34 11 85 82 0.518 0.2832 1551
23 Columbus 34 35 13 81 82 0.494 0.2745 1510
24 New Jersey 38 39 5 81 82 0.494 0.2718 1491
25 Atlanta 34 36 12 80 82 0.488 0.2699 1482
26 Florida 30 40 12 72 82 0.439 0.2467 1353
27 NY Islanders 30 39 13 73 82 0.445 0.2469 1353
28 Ottawa 32 40 10 74 82 0.451 0.2429 1337
29 Colorado 30 44 8 68 82 0.415 0.2270 1249
30 Edmonton 25 45 12 62 82 0.378 0.2061 1134

Mike (ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles) will keep updating this as the playoffs carry on. The playoff Rangers are still below the playoff-less Stars. Look for more changes as more games are completed.

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