NHL Power Rankings: Beating Canada's Worst Teams Gets You No Street Cred

With 9 games left, Mark Streit is 7 points from his 09-10 total.

We do this exercise every week (and it's worth noting now and then that we stole borrowed it from Capitals blog Japers' Rink), but the Islanders' consistently bottom-third performance this year has provided very little theater from week to week.

In the points standings they've hovered in the mid-20s all season long. In Fenwick-close (even strength puck possession measures when the score is close) they've climbed no higher than 20th outside of a few momentary exceptions. And in our Real Power Rankings, which factor in strength of defeated opponents, they've been reliably 26-27 all season long.

It's no wonder the national pundits can't think of new material.

Power Rankings are below. Meanwhile, for discussion: Was Duncan Keith's suspendable elbow last night retaliatory? If so, should that matter?

Survey of Media Power Rankings

Here is the weekly roundup of media rankings and commentary. Links take you to the overall rankings. Commentary is what specifically was penned about the Isles.

This week: Burnside gets new material! (No, not really.) The Islanders added a couple of wins (well, a shootout win and a regulation win), but it was against two of Canada's worst three teams so that's not going to move the needle much.

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 23 24
Tip of the cap to Matt Moulson for his third consecutive 30-goal season. Nice career for a guy that was let go by Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
THN
(Proteau)
27 28
Parts of Isles' future look good, but the fact they have the league's worst 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio (.74) shows how much work remains.
ESPN
(Burnside)
26 27 The Isles continue to meander around, as is their preferred way of doing things. They did win the Battle for the Bottom by defeating Montreal in a shootout Saturday, pushing the Habs back into the Eastern Conference cellar.
Sportsnet 26 28 John Tavares became the first Islander to record 70 points in a season since Alexei Yashin had 75 in 2001-02.
TSN
(Cullen)
25 25 Registered a shootout win against Montreal Saturday, but that leaves the Isles six games without a regulation victory. On the plus side, D Travis Hamonic is finishing strong, with nine points and a plus-5 rating in 15 games since the All-Star break.
Fox 27
27 There are a lot of things to like about sophomore defenseman Travis Hamonic, who has six points in his last four games and is a plus-11 in 2012. The Isles enter the week without a regulation win since March 4
Average
25.6
26.5 So you guys beat the Habs and Leafs, huh? Big Babcock Clap for you.

Twenty-fourth here, twenty-sixth 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.

These tables are through Monday's games, so for example they don't include the win over the Leafs.



W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1 St. Louis 46 19 8 100 0.685 2055
2 Over-rated 45 20 7 97 0.674 2051
3 Pittsburgh 44 21 6 94 0.662 2001
4 Vancouver 43 21 8 94 0.653 1939
5 Detroit 44 25 4 92 0.630 1924
6 Philadelphia 42 22 8 92 0.639 1924
7 Nashville 42 22 8 92 0.639 1919
8 Chicago 40 25 8 88 0.603 1815
9 New Jersey 41 27 5 87 0.596 1813
10 Boston 42 27 3 87 0.604 1806
11 Los Angeles 35 25 12 82 0.569 1762
12 Phoenix 36 26 11 83 0.568 1747
13 Florida 35 23 13 83 0.585 1744
14 Ottawa 37 26 10 84 0.575 1720
15 Dallas 39 28 5 83 0.576 1717
16 San Jose 36 26 10 82 0.569 1717
17 Colorado 39 30 5 83 0.561 1700
18 Calgary 34 26 13 81 0.555 1661
19 Washington 37 30 6 80 0.548 1652
20 Buffalo 34 29 10 78 0.534 1602
21 Winnipeg 34 30 8 76 0.528 1593
22 Carolina 29 29 15 73 0.500 1527
23 Anaheim 31 32 11 73 0.493 1507
24 Tampa Bay 32 33 7 71 0.493 1505
25 Minnesota 30 32 10 70 0.486 1491
26 Toronto 32 33 8 72 0.493 1477
27 NY Islanders 29 32 11 69 0.479 1464
28 Montreal 28 32 13 69 0.473 1458
29 Edmonton 28 36 8 64 0.444 1382
30 Columbus 23 42 7 53 0.368 1140
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