NHL Power Rankings, and Adorable Islanders Pictures

"What's up, Train?"

Today's New York Islanders practice lines were back to their pre-Grabner flu and pre-Moulson/Parenteau-rest form, but with Michael Grabner and Nino Niederreiter sharing the spot next to Casey Cizikas and Kyle Okposo. Read that as you will, after the Isles won two straight without Grabner.

Some links and notes before our weekly NHL power rankings and media ranking roundup:

Survey of Media Power Rankings

Here is the weekly roundup of media rankings and commentary. The consecutive victories over the Bruins and Devils, and Anders Nilsson's debut, caught some eyes:

Outlet Rank Last Week Their Commentary
CBSSports 23 24
Give the Islanders credit, they play hard and they're competitive just about every night, and just finished up a weekend set of back-to-back games that saw them beat the Bruins -- in Boston -- and then shutout the Devils ... with Anders Nilsson in goal. [Ed. note: Heh, you know about that "play hard" part, that's a topic of some debate...]
THN
(Proteau)
24 27
Have beaten Bruins and Rangers in past 11 days. Can really put dent in Devils' plans to earn home-ice advantage with two more games against them this week after beating them 1-0 Sunday.
ESPN
(Burnside)
26 25 The Isles' win over the Devils on Sunday was their second in a row over quality conference opponents. Sunday's game was the first of three straight against the Devils. Go figure.
Sportsnet 24 26 The Islanders have found a way to beat some of the East’s best lately. Among their surprise recent victims: the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers.
TSN
(Cullen)
23 22 G Anders Nilsson made a triumphant return to the Isles' lineup, stopping all 24 Devils shots he faced Sunday, a far better showing than his last NHL outing, giving up five goals to Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on November 21.
Fox 26
27 One of five goalies to appear in a game for the Isles this year, 21-year-old Anders Nilsson pitched a shutout Sunday for his first career win, 1-0 over New Jersey. The Islanders’ past three wins have come against the Rangers, Bruins and Devils.
Average
24.3
25.2 One-goal wins sure change opinions.

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.

These reflect figures through Monday's games. The team at the top keeps remaining the same. Which should make the fall all the sweeter.

The Islanders' wins, meanwhile, did not improve their standing with the Powers That Be:



W L OTL Pts Pct PWR
1 You say Dubinsky, I say no-winsky, let's call the season off
42 15 7 91 0.711 2143
2 St. Louis 41 18 7 89 0.674 2038
3 Detroit 43 20 3 89 0.674 2035
4 Vancouver 41 17 8 90 0.682 2028
5 Nashville 38 20 7 83 0.638 1898
6 Pittsburgh 39 21 5 83 0.638 1897
7 Boston 38 23 3 79 0.617 1827
8 Philadelphia 36 21 7 79 0.617 1823
9 New Jersey 36 24 5 77 0.592 1771
10 Chicago 36 24 7 79 0.590 1759
11 Phoenix 33 24 9 75 0.568 1731
12 San Jose 33 24 7 73 0.570 1702
13 Florida 31 22 12 74 0.569 1693
14 Los Angeles 30 23 12 72 0.554 1692
15 Ottawa 34 25 8 76 0.567 1685
16 Dallas 35 26 5 75 0.568 1674
17 Colorado 34 29 4 72 0.537 1623
18 Winnipeg 32 27 8 72 0.537 1598
19 Calgary 29 25 12 70 0.530 1593
20 Washington 32 28 5 69 0.531 1592
21 Tampa Bay 31 28 6 68 0.523 1568
22 Buffalo 30 28 8 68 0.515 1540
23 Toronto 30 28 7 67 0.515 1531
24 Anaheim 29 28 10 68 0.507 1528
25 Minnesota 28 28 10 66 0.500 1521
26 NY Islanders 28 29 9 65 0.492 1488
27 Carolina 24 27 14 62 0.477 1452
28 Montreal 25 31 10 60 0.455 1409
29 Edmonton 25 34 6 56 0.431 1345
30 Columbus 20 38 7 47 0.362 1115

Wow, Columbus. Just wow.

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