Bits: Cizikas shines in Game 1; Capitals on the brink; power rankings

Feelin' the power of Roli.

How quickly and cruelly a playoff series turns. Two nights ago, the Capitals were an OT bounce away from tying their series. A bad OT line change and a 24-second third-period nightmare later, they're preparing to walk the plank as soon as tonight.

Meanwhile, in Nashville the Canucks got away with too many men on the ice in OT, then saw Ryan Kesler draw Shea Weber into a weak hooking call. The Canucks scored the OT winner on the ensuing powerplay. As I watch the playoffs as a neutral, I'm reminded daily that for every high the playoffs give the partisan fan, they punch that fan in the gut. Only one fanbase survives the spring with their emotional ledger in the black. (Why do I want this experience again?)

Islanders and hockey links, plus updated power rankings after the jump. Come back later this morning for some prospect talk.

Islanders Links

In the OHL final, Game 1 goes to Casey Cizikas (1G, 2A, +2) and his Missisauga St. Michael's Majors.

Sean Bergenheim scored again last night, and stat man Eric Hornick dug up a bit he wrote for the #10 shirt back in 2003.

What life is like for Scott Boggs, Islanders equipment man. Matt Moulson likes to have fleet thighs.

Botta's top 10 Islanders prospects according to a poll of eight scouts. We'll talk more about this in the next post, where I'll add some more context.

 

League Links

Playoffs on SBN: Caps fans get their pre-mourning in at Japers' Rink. | Raw Charge-rs celebrate their 3-0 lead. | Nucks Misconduct nucks it up. | On the Forecheck admits the Preds were in that game longer than they should have been.

How much do special teams really matter in the playoffs? [G&M]

Good to hear small markets Winnipeg and Quebec City "might be able" to support an NHL team if given a second chance. [G&M]

Your Lyle rumor roundup includes speculation on Jagr's return, speculation on what do do with Scott Gomez, and oft-injured Hab Hockey Club from Montreal member Andrei Markov wanting a contract extension.

Very cool to hear first indications are Wayne Fleming's brain surgery went well. More on the Lightning assistant coach and PK maestro at Puck Daddy.

Fun to hear Paul Steigerwald isn't a certainty to return as Penguins TV play-by-play man. As discussed many times here, that announcing pair is among the league's worst, and you'll find Pens fans who'd say the same.

 

Power Rankings

I neglected to post Mike's update last week, but here is how the power rankings look through what is 91 games for some teams.

The premise here is to keep calculating the rankings based on results through the playoffs. The teams still around are by and large the ones doing the best over the long haul -- you can see Boston really rise from two weeks ago. Fun to see Dallas still above the Rangers -- the only "playoff team" out of the top 16.

    W L OTL Pts Played Win% % Pts. per GP PWR
1 Vancouver 59 21 11 129 91 0.709 0.3834 2114
2 San Jose 54 27 9 117 90 0.650 0.3662 2019
3 Washington 52 25 12 116 89 0.652 0.3558 1955
4 Detroit 51 26 11 113 88 0.642 0.3507 1934
5 Tampa Bay 52 27 12 116 91 0.637 0.3524 1934
6 Philadelphia 51 26 13 115 90 0.639 0.3474 1911
7 Boston 51 28 11 113 90 0.628 0.3432 1885
8 Pittsburgh 52 29 8 112 89 0.629 0.3405 1873
9 Nashville 49 30 11 109 90 0.606 0.3376 1863
10 Los Angeles 48 31 9 105 88 0.597 0.3334 1835
11 Chicago 47 32 10 104 89 0.584 0.3321 1827
12 Anaheim 49 33 6 104 88 0.591 0.3308 1822
13 Montreal 47 31 11 105 89 0.590 0.3302 1810
14 Phoenix 43 30 13 99 86 0.576 0.3198 1759
15 Buffalo 46 32 11 103 89 0.579 0.3194 1754
16 Dallas 42 29 11 95 82 0.579 0.3171 1753
17 NY Rangers 45 35 7 97 87 0.557 0.3117 1708
18 Calgary 41 29 12 94 82 0.573 0.3046 1680
19 St. Louis 38 33 11 87 82 0.530 0.2949 1631
20 Carolina 40 31 11 91 82 0.555 0.2934 1617
21 Minnesota 39 35 8 86 82 0.524 0.2854 1569
22 Toronto 37 34 11 85 82 0.518 0.2831 1555
23 Columbus 34 35 13 81 82 0.494 0.2745 1514
24 New Jersey 38 39 5 81 82 0.494 0.2716 1494
25 Atlanta 34 36 12 80 82 0.488 0.2699 1486
26 Florida 30 40 12 72 82 0.439 0.2470 1360
27 NY Islanders 30 39 13 73 82 0.445 0.2464 1355
28 Ottawa 32 40 10 74 82 0.451 0.2425 1338
29 Colorado 30 44 8 68 82 0.415 0.2269 1252
30 Edmonton 25 45 12 62 82 0.378 0.2059 1137
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