NHL Power Rankings; Calvin de Haan Out 4-6 Weeks; Ullstrom Off IR

Apparently there's a (unrelated) de Haan in this picture, from last summer's Rowing World Cup.

First, your bad news: Per Michael Fornabaio, the Islanders say Calvin de Haan is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with his shoulder injury. Also: David Ullstrom is off IR, but he's been assigned to Bridgeport.

De Haan was headed to the AHL All-Star game, which seems to be a kiss of death for Isles defensemen, as AHL All-Star Mark Katic (out all year with his own variation of Islanders Shoulder) has found.

For some fun not in the a.m. links:

Earlier this week, Mike gave a look at Power Rankings specifically for December, which ranked the Isles up in what I would call their more expected territory (about 20th overall). To me that's the capability of this team, but it has not been their performance, their luck, and certainly not their blueline. Our regular weekly power rankings and media survey follows:

Media Power Rankings

Here is our media power rankings survey, which hasn't changed much as the Isles are in a win a couple, lose a couple kind of streak that won't help you climb up any standings.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 28 25
Don't look now, but the Islanders enter the week with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
THN
(Proteau)
26 27
Mark Streit is a minus-17 while averaging 23:30 of ice time per game; Kyle Okposo is a minus-17 while averaging 16:46 per game
ESPN
(Burnside)
27 25 Yet another season going to seed for the Islanders. Ho hum.
Sportsnet 26 26 The Islanders drew as favourable a road schedule a team could hope for last week – at Phoenix, Anaheim and Carolina – only to come back with one vicory. Don’t expect much more from the Isles this week, as the Red Wings and Flyers invade Long Island.
TSN
(Cullen)
26 27 Have killed off 15 straight penalties over six games, yet that's only good enough to go 3-3 in that time. Goals are getting hard to come by unless Matt Moulson's the one pulling the trigger.
Fox 29
27 Michael Grabner enters the week without a goal in his past eight games and far off his 34-goal pace last season. There’s not much scoring depth behind John Tavares, P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson.

SBN
(Zona)

24
26 The Islanders have won five of the last ten after laying a 5-1 whooping on Detroit, and that's as good as any team ranked 17th or worse. But they're so far back, and their defense is so bad, fans would rather flagellate themselves over some really awful history than talk Steve Staios.
Average
26.6
26.1 Stasis.

For reference, here is last week's power rankings post, which included mikb's amazing Time Machine Scouting scenario in comments.

Real Power Rankings

And now on to our weekly "real" power rankings courtesy of Mike, or ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles (who is the one you'll find tirelessly compiling FIG picks in the game thread), who conceived and delivers these week after week. They are calculated in true "power ranking" fashion -- i.e. how well teams fare based on their opponents' records.

While some feared the loss to Anaheim would really damage things, Mike explains the quality of opponents who beat you does not really factor in -- only the quality of opponents you beat. Or in other words, the rest of that's already factored in because every loss is someone else's win, and the "power" in question is based on, well, victories.

Once again, these (as well as most of the media rankings above) reflect games through Sunday, so there is no love nor credit for last night's defeat of the putrid Red Wings. Big movers include Montreal, who must've feared the Islanders in their rearview mirror, and instead it is Edmonton and Tampa Bay who are trying



W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1 S.I. Smurfs 26 9 4 56 0.718 2067
2 Boston 26 11 1 53 0.697 1960
3 San Jose 23 11 4 50 0.658 1950
4 St. Louis 24 12 5 53 0.646 1919
5 Vancouver 26 13 3 55 0.655 1885
6 Detroit 26 14 1 53 0.646 1880
7 Philadelphia 24 12 4 52 0.650 1841
8 Chicago 24 13 5 53 0.631 1744
9 Florida 20 13 8 48 0.585 1688
10 Los Angeles 20 15 7 47 0.560 1684
11 Dallas 23 16 1 47 0.588 1664
12 New Jersey 23 16 2 48 0.585 1664
13 Ottawa 22 15 6 50 0.581 1645
14 Colorado 23 19 1 47 0.547 1644
15 Toronto 21 15 5 47 0.573 1643
16 Pittsburgh 21 15 4 46 0.575 1633
17 Minnesota 21 15 6 48 0.571 1632
18 Washington 21 16 2 44 0.564 1626
19 Nashville 22 15 4 48 0.585 1608
20 Winnipeg 20 16 5 45 0.549 1569
21 Phoenix 20 17 5 45 0.536 1542
22 Calgary 19 19 5 43 0.500 1458
23 Montreal 16 18 7 39 0.476 1425
24 Buffalo 18 18 5 41 0.500 1424
25 Tampa Bay 17 20 3 37 0.463 1333
26 Edmonton 16 22 3 35 0.427 1303
27 NY Islanders 14 19 6 34 0.436 1267
28 Carolina 14 22 7 35 0.407 1241
29 Anaheim 12 22 6 30 0.375 1187
30 Columbus 11 25 5 27 0.329 966

May the power be with you.

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