NHL Power Rankings 11/20/13: More of the same [noun] for the [adjective] Islanders

Al Bello

The Isles provide more of the same. Ditto for the rankings. So enjoy some Mad Libs when you're done feeling bad about our team's current position.

As always, I make the power rankings post on a Tuesday. Thus, at the time they're prepared, I have no idea yet if the Isles emerged victorious over the Leafs yet. (Ed. note: You wonderful innocent soul, you.) If they did, then these rankings would feel a little less terrible. (Ed.: Not today. Not after that.)

Weekly Round-Up of Opinion Polls

As always, we start off with a look around at how publications are gauging our team.

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 11/18/2013 25 24 The Isles have been riding Kevin Poulin lately in net, but it still comes down to offense, which has to make up for league's fourth-worst D and worst PK.
ESPN 11/18/2013 19 22 Nice win over Detroit on Saturday does not obscure the fact the Isles have yet to win more than two in a row this season and have won two in a row just once.
TSN 11/19/2013 25 25 With G Evgeni Nabokov expected to be out for at least a month, a lot of responsibility falls on Kevin Poulin, who has been decent (.909 SV% in 8 GP), but faces a lot of pressure on a team that is struggling, 2-5 in their last seven.
Fox Sports 11/13/2013 25 --- GOOD NEWS: Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen scored 19 points in the first 18 games, joining John Taveras as elite offensive weapons.
BAD NEWS: The Islanders allowed 16 goals during a four-game losing streak.
BOTTOM LINE: Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is floundering behind a suspect defense. The Islanders should have addressed those needs rather than trading for Thomas Vanek
Sports Illustrated 11/19/2013 24 25 Is Kevin Poulin the real deal? He's been solid since being called on to fill in while starter Evgeni Nabokov nurses a groin injury, and has wo two of his last three outings. He's in his contract year (making just $577,000), so he has plenty of inspiration and incentive to build on that success.
SB Nation 11/19/2013 20 24 The Islanders' only loss this week came against Los Angeles. Of course, Thomas Vanek is still out, which is unfortunate.
Average 23.0 24.0 If a team plays games and nobody notices, do they make a sound?

Kinda feels like nobody bothered to pay much attention to our club, as teams near the bottom of their division (but not quite at the bottom) are not usually worth talking about. As such, the Islanders end up right around the same position as they did in the prior week.

LHH Power Rankings

And now for our own calculations, which keeps in mind the quality of each win. The better the victim's record, the higher your power ranking points (last column) are:

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 St. Louis 13 3 3 29 2288
2 Phoenix 14 4 3 31 2186
3 Chicago 14 3 4 32 2182
4 Colorado 14 5 0 28 2104
5 San Jose 13 3 5 31 2096
6 Tampa Bay 14 6 0 28 1993
7 Minnesota 13 4 4 30 1970
8 Boston 13 6 1 27 1945
9 Anaheim 15 6 2 32 1888
10 Los Angeles 14 6 1 29 1866
11 Dallas 11 7 2 24 1631
12 Pittsburgh 13 8 0 26 1611
13 Nashville 9 9 2 20 1588
14 Detroit 9 5 7 25 1578
15 Toronto 12 7 1 25 1558
16 Vancouver 11 8 3 25 1549
17 Washington 12 8 1 25 1488
18 Winnipeg 10 10 3 23 1453
19 Ottawa 8 8 4 20 1387
20 Carolina 8 9 4 20 1385
21 Montreal 10 9 2 22 1362
22 New Jersey 7 8 5 19 1327
23 NY Rangers 10 10 0 20 1290
24 NY Islanders 8 10 3 19 1265
25 Calgary 7 11 3 17 1208
26 Florida 5 12 4 14 1108
27 Columbus 7 10 3 17 1096
28 Philadelphia 7 10 2 16 1016
29 Buffalo 5 16 1 11 763
30 Edmonton 5 15 2 12 708

Much like the opinion polls, the Isles move up a single spot here. The victory against the Red Wings is the only reason why they moved up at all. Copper & Blue's calculations, meanwhile, have the Isles 20th. Their calcs are based on a multitude of things (which haven't been spelled out), including possession numbers, if I'm not mistaken. Maybe that gives us a little hope that the Isles are just somewhat unlucky.

Standings from an Alternate Universe

What if overtime/shootout games weren't worth more points than a regulation victory? Here's what would happen if the regulation wins were worth three, to make all games equal.

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Boston 11 2 1 6 38
Tampa Bay 8 6 0 6 36
Toronto 9 3 1 7 34
Detroit 8 1 7 5 33
Montreal 9 1 2 9 31
Ottawa 7 1 4 8 27
Florida 4 1 4 12 18
Buffalo 2 3 1 16 13
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 12 1 0 8 38
Washington 6 6 1 8 31
NY Rangers 9 1 0 10 29
New Jersey 7 0 5 8 26
Carolina 6 2 4 9 26
NY Islanders 5 3 3 10 24
Philadelphia 7 0 2 10 23
Columbus 6 1 3 10 23
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
Chicago 11 3 4 3 43
Colorado 13 1 0 5 41
Minnesota 11 2 4 4 41
St. Louis 11 2 3 3 40
Dallas 7 4 2 7 31
Nashville 8 1 2 9 28
Winnipeg 5 5 3 10 28
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 13 2 2 6 45
San Jose 10 3 5 3 41
Phoenix 9 5 3 4 40
Los Angeles 8 6 1 6 37
Vancouver 6 5 3 8 31
Calgary 5 2 3 11 22
Edmonton 3 2 2 15 15

The Isles would be nearly two full regulations victories behind third place (as opposed to only a half game in the NHL's current format). That's what happens when you cough up leads in the third period, and have to resort to extra time / skills competitions in order to get the job done.

Mad Libs Conclusion!

One more formatting note: In case you didn't know, the related links provided at the end of this post are usually inserted by either Dom or Dan. But I never know which one it will be, or if the links will be happy (a win!) or sad (fire everybody!) links. So here's my Mad LIbs styled lead-in....

And now, (Writer of the Day) will post links regarding the Isles' (game result), which will surely leave you feeling (adjective).

While you're at it, don't forget to (verb) the (plural noun), before your (significant other) complains that you're on this site too often. Have a (emotive adjective) day!

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