Stanley Cup Finals Poll/Thread; Power Rankings

I'm an NHL addict (don't tell the guy who sets the price of Center Ice), so I normally go into withdrawal the moment the Stanley Cup is awarded. That said, this is the first time in memory where I've had that old media curmudgeon's feeling of, "Geez, is it really not over yet?" I blame the wonky playoff schedule with its off days and relocation hiatuses. (Hiatusi? Hiati?) But hopefully tonight's Game 1 gets me back on the wagon.

This one is short and sweet. You know as much about the combatants as you ever will. So tell us who you have in this series and why. There's a poll, plus our latest playoff-updated power rankings after the jump. You can treat this as the evening's game thread chat if you're watching Game 1.

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Dem Canucks vs. Da Broons
Winner Gets: To cry with a trophy
Loser Gets: To cry without a trophy
It's Okay If You Lose Because: This opportunity comes 'round all the time. Just ask Recchi.
It's Great If You Win Because: Every reporter will now call you "a proven winner."
While You're Playing the Rest of the League Is: Resting up to make sure you never get this far again.

 
Power Rankings: Isles are Better than Florida!

Mike (ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles aka the longest screen name this side of DP's[joints...]) has plugged the scores in all season long (notice Vancouver is now up to 66 wins), and he didn't stop when the regular season did.

That's how, through the magic of continued matchups through three rounds, the Islanders have leaped the Panthers for 26th place, baby. By a hair:

    W L OTL Pts Played Win% % Pts. per GP PWR
1 Vancouver 66 23 11 143 100 0.715 0.3899 2153
2 Detroit 54 27 12 120 93 0.645 0.3546 1957
3 San Jose 57 33 10 124 100 0.620 0.3528 1941
4 Boston 58 31 11 127 100 0.635 0.3514 1928
5 Tampa Bay 57 31 12 126 100 0.630 0.3515 1924
6 Washington 52 27 12 116 91 0.637 0.3470 1904
7 Pittsburgh 52 29 8 112 89 0.629 0.3396 1867
8 Philadelphia 51 28 14 116 93 0.624 0.3389 1860
9 Nashville 50 32 12 112 94 0.596 0.3340 1841
10 Chicago 47 32 10 104 89 0.584 0.3316 1823
11 Los Angeles 48 31 9 105 88 0.597 0.3308 1822
12 Anaheim 49 33 6 104 88 0.591 0.3291 1812
13 Montreal 47 31 11 105 89 0.590 0.3302 1811
14 Phoenix 43 30 13 99 86 0.576 0.3193 1754
15 Buffalo 46 32 11 103 89 0.579 0.3178 1745
16 Dallas 42 29 11 95 82 0.579 0.3155 1742
17 NY Rangers 45 35 7 97 87 0.557 0.3103 1698
18 Calgary 41 29 12 94 82 0.573 0.3034 1672
19 St. Louis 38 33 11 87 82 0.530 0.2941 1625
20 Carolina 40 31 11 91 82 0.555 0.2924 1609
21 Minnesota 39 35 8 86 82 0.524 0.2846 1563
22 Toronto 37 34 11 85 82 0.518 0.2823 1549
23 Columbus 34 35 13 81 82 0.494 0.2734 1507
24 New Jersey 38 39 5 81 82 0.494 0.2703 1484
25 Atlanta 34 36 12 80 82 0.488 0.2682 1475
26 NY Islanders 30 39 13 73 82 0.445 0.2459 1351
27 Florida 30 40 12 72 82 0.439 0.2454 1350
28 Ottawa 32 40 10 74 82 0.451 0.2417 1331
29 Colorado 30 44 8 68 82 0.415 0.2264 1247
30 Edmonton 25 45 12 62 82 0.378 0.2053 1134

Man, Florida stinks.

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