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Monthly Power Rankings Review for 2010-11

Howdy all. During the regular season, Dom tirelessly compiled the "Power Rankings" published by various sports publications to see what the rest of North America thought of our little hockey club. As far as we could tell, however, the majority of these power rankings were nothing more than opinion polls (THN being a notable exception), similar to the Coaches and AP polls that make up the majority of the college football rankings. I'm not too impressed with what other people think about who's best, and came up with a way to rank teams based solely on who they played against. And thus, I finally found a way to contribute in my own little way to this site.

The power rankings formula that I came up with is actually quite basic and straightforward, and was intended to compare teams based on a limited number of data points (for example, 10 or 20 games per team). As the season wound down, it became apparent that that power rankings would greatly mirror the overall points standings, since there was a full season of data to draw from (and thus perhaps warranting a change to the formula for next year, but that's another topic for another time).

For now, however, as was suggested to me by various peoples throughout the year, I decided to go back to calculate the power rankings by month, to see how our team fared through both the good months and the bad. Since the playoffs, draft, and start of free agency are now behind us, now seems as good a time as any to slap this together, so here goes....

A quick disclaimer first: I have no clue what I'm doing here. Not as far as the power rankings go... I meant as far as editing together something for a FanPost. So this is going to look a little sparse. I'll just add a comment or two here and there, as this will be long enough as is. OK, on with it:

October Power Rankings

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 St. Louis  6 1 2 14 2335
2 Tampa Bay  7 2 1 15 2233
3 Detroit  6 2 1 13 2129
4 Nashville  5 2 3 13 2123
5 Los Angeles  8 3 0 16 1988
6 Boston  6 2 0 12 1931
7 Colorado  6 4 1 13 1701
8 Washington  7 4 0 14 1695
9 Montreal  7 3 1 15 1688
10 Calgary  6 5 0 12 1677
11 Vancouver  4 3 2 10 1635
12 Chicago  7 5 1 15 1633
13 Columbus  6 4 0 12 1628
14 Philadelphia  6 4 1 13 1622
15 Dallas  6 4 0 12 1616
16 Phoenix  3 4 3 9 1579
17 San Jose  5 3 1 11 1526
18 Pittsburgh  6 5 1 13 1483
19 Florida  4 5 0 8 1466
20 Toronto  5 4 1 11 1453
21 NY Islanders  4 5 2 10 1446
22 Atlanta  5 4 2 12 1442
23 Carolina  5 5 0 10 1418
24 Minnesota  4 4 2 10 1402
25 NY Rangers  5 4 1 11 1365
26 Edmonton  3 4 2 8 1352
27 Anaheim  4 7 1 9 1143
28 Ottawa  4 6 1 9 1036
29 Buffalo  3 7 2 8 696
30 New Jersey  3 8 1 7 673

 

Note Edmonton having only one more standings point than the Devils, and yet were doubling their power rankings points. They scored a victory or two against higher ranked opponents, while the Devs only beat bottom feeders. This table likely will also bring a tear or two to Dom's eyes, as his "other" team was best in the league early on. Next month? Not so much (sorry, buddy!)...

November Power Rankings

 

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Detroit  10 2 1 21 2182
2 Washington  10 2 2 22 2122
3 Pittsburgh  10 3 1 21 2013
4 Philadelphia  9 2 3 21 1977
5 Dallas  8 4 1 17 1841
6 Phoenix  8 3 2 18 1838
7 Atlanta  8 5 1 17 1809
8 Vancouver  8 4 1 17 1786
9 Colorado  7 5 1 15 1771
10 Anaheim  8 4 2 18 1769
11 Columbus  8 4 0 16 1710
12 Montreal  8 5 0 16 1615
13 Minnesota  7 6 0 14 1590
14 Chicago  7 6 1 15 1519
15 NY Rangers  9 7 0 18 1503
16 New Jersey  5 6 1 11 1381
17 Buffalo  6 6 1 13 1334
18 Tampa Bay  7 6 2 16 1307
19 Boston  6 6 2 14 1301
20 San Jose  6 5 3 15 1301
21 Calgary  4 7 2 10 1274
22 Nashville  5 6 2 12 1266
23 St. Louis  6 7 1 13 1166
24 Ottawa  7 7 0 14 1159
25 Carolina  5 6 3 13 1108
26 Florida  6 7 0 12 1105
27 Edmonton  4 8 2 10 1058
28 Los Angeles  5 7 0 10 1048
29 Toronto  3 7 3 9 1031
30 NY Islanders  1 7 3 5 648

 

Your more traditional power houses start rising to the top. Meanwhile, the Isles' swoon begins, and it shows.

December Power Rankings

 

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Vancouver  11 1 2 24 2575
2 Tampa Bay  8 3 2 18 2139
3 Los Angeles  9 4 1 19 2124
4 St. Louis  8 4 2 18 2094
5 Boston  8 3 3 19 2075
6 San Jose  9 5 1 19 2009
7 Carolina  7 4 1 15 1822
8 Detroit  8 5 3 19 1809
9 Philadelphia  8 4 1 17 1805
10 NY Rangers  8 3 1 17 1784
11 Anaheim  8 6 1 17 1769
12 Pittsburgh  9 3 1 19 1765
13 Dallas  8 5 3 19 1760
14 Chicago  6 5 1 13 1738
15 Buffalo  6 5 1 13 1722
16 Colorado  7 4 3 17 1700
17 Minnesota  6 5 3 15 1699
18 Nashville  8 5 1 17 1680
19 Florida  6 5 2 14 1616
20 Calgary  7 6 1 15 1613
21 Phoenix  6 6 2 14 1592
22 Edmonton  5 5 3 13 1512
23 Atlanta  7 6 3 17 1414
24 Columbus  6 7 3 15 1400
25 Ottawa  5 5 4 14 1388
26 NY Islanders  6 7 1 13 1317
27 Montreal  6 8 1 13 1243
28 Washington  5 6 3 13 1222
29 Toronto  5 8 0 10 915
30 New Jersey  2 11 0 4 428

 

The Canucks decide to start playing hockey. The Isles rebound a bit, and most importantly, everyone can finally laugh at the Devils, at least for the time being (just teasing, visitors from In Lou We Trust.... it's just so bizarre to see them atop the inverse standings).

January Power Rankings

 

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Philadelphia  10 2 0 20 2484
2 Montreal  6 2 3 15 2076
3 Minnesota  8 4 0 16 2071
4 Buffalo  8 3 1 17 2056
5 Boston  8 4 2 18 1997
6 Vancouver  8 2 4 20 1931
7 Pittsburgh  6 4 1 13 1913
8 Carolina  8 4 2 18 1903
9 New Jersey  6 5 1 13 1805
10 Tampa Bay  9 4 0 18 1786
11 Nashville  9 4 0 18 1735
12 Florida  6 5 3 15 1672
13 Dallas  8 2 1 17 1656
14 Calgary  7 3 3 17 1642
15 Atlanta  4 4 3 11 1617
16 Washington  5 3 4 14 1613
17 NY Rangers  7 6 1 15 1519
18 Anaheim  8 3 0 16 1482
19 Phoenix  8 4 2 18 1479
20 Chicago  6 4 1 13 1440
21 Detroit  6 4 1 13 1427
22 Colorado  5 6 1 11 1362
23 San Jose  5 6 1 11 1208
24 NY Islanders  4 8 1 9 1183
25 Toronto  6 6 1 13 1085
26 Los Angeles  5 8 0 10 942
27 Columbus  3 6 2 8 900
28 Edmonton  3 9 1 7 719
29 Ottawa  1 7 3 5 631
30 St. Louis  2 8 2 6 510

 

The Isles really were just plodding along at this point, but Captain Jack was about to turn this ship around, despite the mounting injuries...

February Power Rankings

 

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 San Jose  11 2 0 22 2366
2 New Jersey  11 1 1 23 2214
3 Detroit  9 5 0 18 1869
4 Toronto  8 2 4 20 1849
5 Chicago  8 3 2 18 1806
6 Columbus  8 3 1 17 1780
7 Tampa Bay  6 3 2 14 1772
8 Calgary  8 2 3 19 1760
9 Los Angeles  8 2 3 19 1760
10 Vancouver  8 5 0 16 1612
11 Boston  8 4 0 16 1602
12 Buffalo  6 4 2 14 1601
13 Philadelphia  7 4 1 15 1594
14 Phoenix  8 4 1 17 1590
15 NY Islanders  8 5 1 17 1547
16 Washington  6 5 1 13 1542
17 Montreal  6 5 2 14 1490
18 Pittsburgh  6 6 2 14 1440
19 Nashville  5 6 2 12 1415
20 Florida  4 7 2 10 1314
21 St. Louis  6 5 2 14 1253
22 Minnesota  8 5 1 17 1238
23 NY Rangers  4 7 1 9 1081
24 Carolina  4 6 3 11 1025
25 Ottawa  4 7 1 9 979
26 Dallas  3 8 1 7 966
27 Anaheim  5 5 1 11 935
28 Atlanta  2 7 2 6 723
29 Edmonton  5 9 0 10 660
30 Colorado  1 11 1 3 309

 

To be honest with you, I thought they'd be a bit higher this month. But as you can see, there were a handful of teams with worse records who still finished above. I guess the quality of competition for that particular month wasn't so great. Although they beat the Caps and Pens, those teams didn't have their best months, so it lessened those otherwise quality wins when looking exclusively at this month.

March Power Rankings

 

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Vancouver  13 2 0 26 2484
2 Washington  12 2 1 25 2268
3 San Jose  9 2 3 21 2160
4 Anaheim  11 3 0 22 2090
5 Buffalo  10 4 2 22 2032
6 Los Angeles  9 3 2 20 1997
7 Phoenix  9 4 1 19 1979
8 Chicago  7 4 2 16 1978
9 Nashville  10 3 2 22 1952
10 Carolina  8 5 1 17 1930
11 NY Rangers  8 5 1 17 1883
12 Toronto  9 5 1 19 1876
13 Pittsburgh  8 4 2 18 1870
14 Boston  7 4 4 18 1837
15 New Jersey  8 5 1 17 1810
16 Dallas  5 4 5 15 1793
17 Ottawa  9 6 1 19 1776
18 NY Islanders  7 4 4 18 1747
19 Atlanta  7 6 1 15 1597
20 Philadelphia  6 5 4 16 1574
21 Tampa Bay  5 6 4 14 1551
22 Detroit  5 5 4 14 1467
23 Montreal  8 7 0 16 1453
24 Calgary  6 6 2 14 1231
25 St. Louis  7 7 1 15 1116
26 Florida  3 8 5 11 1108
27 Columbus  3 7 6 12 999
28 Minnesota  4 8 2 10 767
29 Edmonton  3 8 3 9 680
30 Colorado  2 10 1 5 406

 

The Blackhawks had two less standings points than the Isles, but finished ten spots above them. Just goes to show you that the Western Conference was pretty badass this year.

April Power Rankings

 

Rank Team W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Montreal  3 0 1 7 2284
2 Washington  3 1 0 6 2203
3 Buffalo  4 0 1 9 2201
4 Calgary  3 0 1 7 2073
5 Tampa Bay  4 1 0 8 2004
6 Pittsburgh  4 0 0 8 1729
7 Vancouver  2 2 0 4 1698
8 Carolina  3 1 1 7 1668
9 Ottawa  2 2 0 4 1543
10 Anaheim  3 2 0 6 1533
11 San Jose  3 2 0 6 1510
12 NY Rangers  3 1 0 6 1460
13 Edmonton  2 2 1 5 1442
14 Chicago  3 2 1 7 1439
15 Detroit  3 2 0 6 1379
16 Toronto  1 2 1 3 1273
17 Phoenix  1 1 2 4 1250
18 Boston  3 2 0 6 1188
19 Dallas  4 2 0 8 1119
20 Philadelphia  1 2 2 4 1100
21 St. Louis  3 1 1 7 1056
22 New Jersey  3 3 0 6 956
23 Florida  1 3 0 2 953
24 Los Angeles  2 3 0 4 939
25 Nashville  2 1 1 5 923
26 Minnesota  2 3 0 4 922
27 Colorado  2 4 0 4 792
28 Atlanta  1 4 0 2 750
29 NY Islanders  0 3 1 1 336
30 Columbus  0 4 1 1 306

 

Not much to glean from the very last games of the year, except that when you're giving out one-day tryouts for d-men, you're likely going to finish near the bottom.

OK, so that's about it. I don't know if there's really much to learn from this little exercise. It's more something to keep you occupied for a little while during the non-news-item days of summer. Peruse at your leisure.

<em>Submitted FanPosts do not necessarily reflect the views of this blog or SB Nation. If you're reading this statement, you pass the fine print legalese test. Four stars for you.</em>

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