NHL Power Rankings, and Moulson's 30-30-30 Club

For the hat trick that wasn't. (This photo is about hats.)

Since we're going with the story that the first goal last night did not touch John Tavares, that means he and Matt Moulson each hit 30 goals last night. As Eric Hornick's Skinny explains: "Tavares is the youngest Islander since Pat Lafontaine to score 30 goals in a season."

Also from Hornick: "Moulson is the first Islander since Ziggy Palffy (1995-96 to 1997-98) to have at least three consecutive 30-goal seasons. Only four players in Islanders history have had more 30-goal seasons: Trottier (11), Bossy (10), Gillies (6), LaFontaine (6)."

Furthermore: Prior to last season (Moulson and Michael Grabner), "the Isles had not had two 30-goal scorers since 2001-02 (Alexei Yashin & Mark Parrish). It’s the first time since 1992-93 and 1993-94 that the Isles have had multiple 30-goal scorers in consecutive seasons (4 in both 92-93 and 93-94)."

Amid the pain of the last three fall-from-ahead losses, those milestones are worth noting. Sidney Crosby, Jeff Carter, Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Phil Kessel, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry are some of the guys to reach 30 in three consecutive seasons since the lockout. Suppose Tavares joins them?

Now on to our weekly power rankings and media rankings survey. The last week has the Islanders dipping a bit -- though in the same range they've been in all season long. As you'll see if you click on these links, as well as in our Power Rankings table at the bottom, there is a new leader. Nice.

Survey of Media Power Rankings

Here is the weekly roundup of media rankings and commentary.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 24 23
Matt Moulson is one goal away from recording his third consecutive 30-goal season. I'm not even sure Moulson himself thought that was possible when they brought him to that first training camp.
THN
(Boylen)
28 24
Isles are 1-3-1 in past five games against Atlantic as that division slugs it out for post-season positioning.
ESPN
(LeBrun)
27 26 P.A. Parenteau (UFA July 1) was no doubt thrilled at seeing Mikhail Grabovski's $27.5 million, five-year extension in Toronto.
Sportsnet 28 24 The Islanders don’t match up well against, well, hardly anybody. But they definitely cannot contend with the Devils, who smashed them by a combined score of 7-2 during a home-and-home. [Ed. Uhh...you missed a spot.]
TSN
(Cullen)
25 23 Rookie C Casey Cizikas bears watching as the Isles prepare for next season. A blue-collar checker, he's chipped in three points in seven games after leading AHL Bridgeport with 44 points in 51 games.
Fox 27
26 Matt Moulson is one goal away from his third straight 30-goal season and has already recorded his career high in points. The Isles have started four different goalies over their last 10 games.
Average
26.5
24.3 They are what we thought they are!

Twenty-fourth here, twenty-fifth there, it's been that kind of year five years.

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.

It seems different teams take turns jumping above and falling below the Islanders in our power rankings. This week Toronto is the one fast heading toward the bottom.

The important thing here is that -- as with most of the media rankings above -- there is a new number one. And it's a much more tolerable shade of blue:



W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1 St. Louis 45 18 7 97 0.693 2070
2 Pthhhttt! 43 18 7 93 0.684 2065
3 Detroit 44 22 3 91 0.659 2002
4 Vancouver 42 19 8 92 0.667 1985
5 Pittsburgh 42 21 5 89 0.654 1948
6 Nashville 41 21 7 89 0.645 1934
7 Philadelphia 39 22 7 85 0.625 1863
8 New Jersey 40 24 5 85 0.616 1854
9 Boston 40 25 3 83 0.610 1813
10 Chicago 37 25 8 82 0.586 1754
11 Dallas 38 26 5 81 0.587 1740
12 Ottawa 36 25 9 81 0.579 1726
13 Phoenix 34 25 11 79 0.564 1725
14 Los Angeles 32 25 12 76 0.551 1694
15 San Jose 34 25 9 77 0.566 1688
16 Florida 32 23 13 77 0.566 1683
17 Washington 35 28 6 76 0.551 1650
18 Colorado 37 30 4 78 0.549 1646
19 Calgary 32 25 12 76 0.551 1640
20 Buffalo 33 29 8 74 0.529 1577
21 Winnipeg 32 29 8 72 0.522 1559
22 Tampa Bay 31 30 7 69 0.507 1527
23 Minnesota 29 30 10 68 0.493 1502
24 Anaheim 29 30 11 69 0.493 1486
25 Carolina 26 28 15 67 0.486 1474
26 Toronto 30 31 8 68 0.493 1473
27 NY Islanders 28 31 10 66 0.478 1459
28 Montreal 27 32 11 65 0.464 1430
29 Edmonton 26 36 7 59 0.428 1337
30 Columbus 22 40 7 51 0.370 1142
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