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January 2012 Power Rankings: A Playoff-Level Month?

Hello again, people. I hope you're keeping up with Torgo's excellent continuing series comparing the Isles with all of the other teams in 10-game chunks.

So the Isles had a winning month in January. We are all noticing the team slowly coming together, hoping that there are more years in the Rebuild's rear view mirror than in its windshield. Many have pointed out that if the Isles performed this well the entire season, it would usually be good enough to make the playoffs.

I mean, that is good enough, isn't it? Instead of just throwing the monthly power rankings summary up and say "so... there's that!" like I always do, maybe I can actually put this one to good use by trying to answer that question: If the Islanders played the whole year like they did in January, would they be in the playoffs?

The Islanders' 7-5-1 record, if extrapolated over a season, would equate to a record of 44-32-6, good enough for 94 points. Hmmm... Hold on now... That's not bad, but I'm not so sure that would be a lock for the playoffs. It would've been good enough in the East last year (93 points to get to eighth), but not the West (97).

But if you consider the quality of competition based on the power rankings, you get this:

January 2012 Power Rankings

Winning
W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1. Anaheim 9 2 1 19 0.792 2225
2. NY Rangers 8 3 1 17 0.708 2153
3. St. Louis 8 1 2 18 0.818 2147
4. Pittsburgh 8 4 0 16 0.667 2079
5. Nashville 11 2 0 22 0.846 2077
6. Vancouver 7 2 2 16 0.727 2075
7. Ottawa 8 5 1 17 0.607 1965
8. Detroit 10 3 0 20 0.769 1958
9. Los Angeles 5 2 4 14 0.636 1941
10. Boston 8 4 1 17 0.654 1894
11. Washington 6 4 2 14 0.583 1781
12. San Jose 9 3 2 20 0.714 1764
13. Philadelphia 7 4 2 16 0.615 1715
14. Montreal 5 4 2 12 0.545 1688
15. NY Islanders 7 5 1 15 0.577 1673
16. Toronto 7 4 1 15 0.625 1663
17. New Jersey 6 4 2 14 0.583 1588
18. Carolina 5 4 3 13 0.542 1489
19. Phoenix 3 5 4 10 0.417 1400
20. Florida 2 3 4 8 0.444 1385
21. Colorado 5 6 1 11 0.458 1369
22. Dallas 4 6 1 9 0.409 1364
23. Calgary 5 6 1 11 0.458 1318
24. Tampa Bay 5 6 1 11 0.458 1305
25. Chicago 5 5 3 13 0.500 1298
26. Edmonton 4 7 2 10 0.385 1167
27. Minnesota 3 6 1 7 0.350 1043
28. Buffalo 4 7 1 9 0.375 1027
29. Winnipeg 4 8 1 9 0.346 924
30. Columbus 3 8 1 7 0.292 828

Based on the above, not only were the Islanders one of the 16 best teams in the league (and therefore playoff worthy), but they were seventh-best in the East. So yes, at least based on this unbiased yet imperfect set of calculations, the Islanders were on a playoff pace last month. Based on their quality of competition for that month, if the Isles kept up that level of effort over every month of the season (sometimes against better competition, sometimes against weaker competition), they'd very likely be in the playoffs.

Unfortunately, they haven't played that well all year, so as we all know they'd have to play way over their heads from here on in order to make up for lost time, but it's always good to see some meaningful progress, even if it takes this much data crunching to find it.*

Until next time!

*Disclaimer: Don't go around telling people your team is getting better based on these calculations. It's a sure fire way to get turban wedgies (that's when there's so much material pulled up over your head, they can wrap it around your cranium a few times).

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