Islanders Bits, NHL Power Rankings: Inching Further

Our media and real NHL power rankings reflect the recent -- how do we put it? -- improving-but-hardly-rocketing results of the New York Islanders, who are 14-12-3 since Thanksgiving, with three shootout "wins" in that 14. That is not a playoff pace by any means but is better than what they looked like entering the American turkicide holiday.

Some snippets on the kids before we get to the rankings:

[Updated: Neil Greenberg of "Top 25 Under 25" fame was on the Backhand Shelf podcast with Justin Bourne and Rob Pizzo to discuss the snub. Begins at 28 minutes and ends at 40 minutes.]

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Survey of Media 'Power' Rankings

Well, look at this. The John Tavares-driven revival has altered how various media perceive the Islanders (for the moment), leading to the kind of one-week bump we've seldom seen in this exercise with this team over the past season and a half.

These all reflect last week's wins -- not this week's lone point from the home-and-home with Toronto -- so we'll see if and how the tone changes after the break, especially if the Islanders don't handle Carolina on the other side.

Things like this, and Evgeni Nabokov's Third Star of the Week nod over Jonas Hiller out West, make you wonder how much a star like Tavares draws attention to the team, attention that expresses itself in a variety of ways.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 23 25
John Tavares has been on quite a roll recently, and he's starting to close in on the NHL's top-10 scorers list.
THN
(Proteau)
23 25
John Tavares on pace for a 51-assist, 84-point season; he already has five game-winning goals - one more than he did last season.
ESPN
(Burnside)
24 27 The Isles are showing a rare spasm of life, having won five of seven. Matt Moulson, John Tavares and P.A. Parenteau are on fire. Is Evgeni Nabokov playing himself into trade bait?
Sportsnet 19 23 John Tavares’ 12-game point streak (eight goals, 13 helpers) is the longest one the NHL has seen all season. Big reason why the Isles have won four of their last five, including decisive victories in Washington and Philly, and are making strides toward a respectable record.
TSN
(Cullen)
18 25 During John Tavares' 12-game point streak (8 G, 13 A, the longest in the NHL this season), the Islanders are 8-4 and have climbed to within nine points of eighth-place Washington in the East.
Fox 21
27 The Isles have won eight of 12 and find themselves in the playoff hunt backed by a stellar Evgeny Nabokov, who has won four straight while stopping 152 of his last 156 shots faced. John Tavares has an NHL season-best 12-game point streak.
Average
21.3
25.3 Apparently John Tavares was on a points streak of some sort.

For reference, here is last week's power rankings post.

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.

This week sees another mild bump upward as the Islanders move into 25th (interestingly, Anaheim's win streak has them up to 24th). Edmonton and Buffalo both drop behind the Isles compared to last week.

Once again, these (as well as most of the media rankings above) reflect results through Sunday's games,



W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1 Smurfs 30 12 4 64 0.696 2054
2 St. Louis 29 12 6 64 0.681 2015
3 Boston 31 13 2 64 0.696 1982
4 Detroit 32 15 1 65 0.677 1974
5 Vancouver 29 15 4 62 0.646 1911
6 San Jose 26 14 5 57 0.633 1878
7 Chicago 29 14 6 64 0.653 1857
8 Philadelphia 28 14 5 61 0.649 1854
9 Nashville 28 16 4 60 0.625 1780
10 Pittsburgh 27 17 4 58 0.604 1744
11 Los Angeles 23 16 10 56 0.571 1734
12 Ottawa 27 17 6 60 0.600 1718
13 Florida 22 15 10 54 0.574 1675
14 Colorado 26 22 2 54 0.540 1647
15 Minnesota 23 18 7 53 0.552 1637
16 Washington 25 19 3 53 0.564 1633
17 New Jersey 26 19 2 54 0.574 1628
18 Toronto 23 19 5 51 0.543 1564
19 Dallas 24 21 2 50 0.532 1563
20 Calgary 23 20 6 52 0.531 1560
21 Phoenix 21 20 8 50 0.510 1513
22 Winnipeg 22 20 6 50 0.521 1499
23 Montreal 18 21 9 45 0.469 1434
24 Anaheim 18 22 7 43 0.457 1418
25 NY Islanders 19 21 6 44 0.478 1394
26 Tampa Bay 20 23 4 44 0.468 1375
27 Carolina 17 24 9 43 0.430 1305
28 Buffalo 19 24 5 43 0.448 1298
29 Edmonton 17 26 4 38 0.404 1268
30 Columbus 13 28 6 32 0.340 1009

As Mike said, at this rate of upward movement, they'll be in first place by June.

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