NHL Power Rankings, Nov. 6: All Agree the Isles are..."Meh"

Bruce Bennett

The opinion polls and our own rankings finally come to a common ground, but that ground is outside of the playoffs.

After a month of consistently rating the Islanders higher than what our cold, hard calculations produced, the aggregate power rankings have finally come down to the same level. Unfortunately for us, that level isn't what we expected at the beginning of the year.

Weekly Round-Up of Opinion Polls

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 11/4/2013 16 17 Without looking, who is the Isles' points leader? Not Tavares, not Vanek. It's Kyle Okposo with 17 in 14 games. He's making a case for a spot on the US Olympic team and helping the Isles to second in the Metro.
ESPN 11/4/2013 17 18 Thomas Vanek got his first goal as an Islander in a big win over Boston on Saturday. Now, about that defense and goaltending.
TSN 11/5/2013 19 16 Of course, RW Kyle Okposo and C Frans Nielsen are the Islanders' top two scorers, why do you ask?
Fox Sports 11/6/2013 23 20 GOOD NEWS: They finally won back-to-back games for the first time all season, beating Ottawa and Boston.
BAD NEWS: The Islanders entered the week 23rd in team GAA. Hence the Ryan Miller rumors that will not cease.
Sports Illustrated 11/5/2013 19 20 The new-look Isles finally won two in a row for the first time this season, knocking off the Senators and Bruins. With their next four on the road, they'll need to play with the same defensive intensity they showed against the B's. Netminder Kevin Poulin deserves another start (or two) after a sharp, aggressive effort in that one.
SB Nation 11/5/2013 15 16 Almost a perfect week for the Islanders except for a home loss against the Rangers. However, consecutive wins acting as redemption for New York's other squad.
Average 18.2 17.8 Secondary scoring and a bit of a streak. Now they just have to continue the defensive... oh wait.

I almost feel like sports writers are hedging their bets with this team, aka I know they should be good enough, but I don't want to sound stupid if they don't make the playoffs. But if that's true, what excuse does our own table have?...

LHH Power Rankings

Tabulated by adding the winning percentages of the opponents each team has beaten. It's a bit more complicated, but you get the idea.

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Colorado 12 1 0 24 2510
2 San Jose 10 1 4 24 2309
3 St. Louis 9 2 2 20 2094
4 Phoenix 11 3 2 24 2028
5 Tampa Bay 10 4 0 20 1895
6 Chicago 9 2 4 22 1874
7 Anaheim 12 3 1 25 1842
8 Boston 8 5 1 17 1766
9 Los Angeles 9 6 0 18 1706
10 Minnesota 9 4 3 21 1674
11 Toronto 10 5 0 20 1639
12 Pittsburgh 11 4 0 22 1589
13 Detroit 9 5 2 20 1574
14 Nashville 7 5 2 16 1571
15 Vancouver 10 5 2 22 1531
16 Dallas 7 6 2 16 1466
17 NY Islanders 6 6 3 15 1290
18 Montreal 8 7 1 17 1275
19 Ottawa 5 6 4 14 1198
20 Winnipeg 6 8 2 14 1191
21 Calgary 6 7 2 14 1190
22 Carolina 5 7 3 13 1043
23 Washington 8 7 0 16 1022
24 NY Rangers 6 8 0 12 1019
25 New Jersey 3 7 4 10 1011
26 Florida 3 8 4 10 970
27 Columbus 5 9 0 10 874
28 Edmonton 4 10 2 10 769
29 Philadelphia 4 9 1 9 699
30 Buffalo 3 13 1 7 644

Only two of the top 10 teams are from the Eastern Conference.

For the Isles, the victory against the Penguins really helped to offset the poor performances against the Rangers and Capitals. Copper and Blue, meanwhile, has the Isles 21st based on their own calculations.

Standings from an Alternate Universe

Where a regulation victory earns you three points. You know, in the same way that overtime games are worth three points. Imagine that!

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Toronto 8 2 0 5 28
Detroit 8 1 2 5 28
Tampa Bay 6 4 0 4 26
Montreal 8 0 1 7 25
Boston 7 1 1 5 24
Ottawa 4 1 4 6 18
Florida 2 1 4 8 12
Buffalo 1 2 1 13 8
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 10 1 0 4 32
Washington 5 3 0 7 21
NY Islanders 4 2 3 6 19
NY Rangers 5 1 0 8 17
Carolina 4 1 3 7 17
Columbus 4 1 0 9 14
Philadelphia 4 0 1 9 13
New Jersey 3 0 4 7 13
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
Colorado 11 1 0 1 35
Minnesota 9 0 3 4 30
Chicago 7 2 4 2 29
St. Louis 7 2 2 2 27
Nashville 6 1 2 5 22
Dallas 4 3 2 6 20
Winnipeg 4 2 2 8 18
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 10 2 1 3 35
San Jose 9 1 4 1 33
Phoenix 8 3 2 3 32
Vancouver 5 5 2 5 27
Los Angeles 3 6 0 6 21
Calgary 5 1 2 7 19
Edmonton 2 2 2 10 12

The Isles in this case make out a little better, showing up third in the division (same as in Bettman's world). Which is fortunate, since the Atlantic would own both wild card spots. The three remaining games on this road trip are all against teams around NHL-.500. Let's see what the boys can do.

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