12/18/13 LHH Power Rankings - Tis the Season, for Getting Beaten

Ho ho horrible. - Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport

The LHH power rankings head into a Christmas vacation ready to hand out a bunch of coal.

Those of us in the Lighthouse Hockey Power Rankings Situation Room will be taking a break next week, and all one of me is excited to have the time off. Much like certain Isles players this season, I'll be a passenger, traveling from one family house to another. Speaking of passengers, let's get on the Bash the Isles freight train:

Weekly Roundup of Merry ol' Opinion Polls

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 12/16/2013 29 29 Somehow the Isles managed to get a win in San Jose, of all places, but have gone right back to the skids, having lost 12 of 13. January can't come soon enough.
ESPN 12/16/2013 30 29 The Isles have one win in 13 games. That's the kind of effort that drops you to the very bottom of the rankings. The question is, where is this team's bottom?
TSN 12/17/2013 29 28 It's been more than a month since the Islanders' last regulation win and they've scored more than two goals once in the last 11 games.
Fox Sports 12/11/2013 28 25 GOOD NEWS: Top offensive prospect Ryan Strome earned his call-up by tearing up the AHL.
BAD NEWS: Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s grim struggle prompted the team to put him on waivers. Not surprisingly, nobody claimed him.
BOTTOM LINE: The Islanders went 2-13-2 in their last 17 games and didn’t fire Jack Capuano. That is astounding.
Sports Illustrated 12/17/2013 30 30 The Isles snapped a pair of 10-game losing streaks—on the road as well as consecutive—with last Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Sharks, then promptly dropped their next two matches, reassuring everyone that they're still as lousy as ever, thanks largely to an offense that has mustered only 11 goals this month.
SB Nation 12/12/2013 29 28 In four games last week the Islanders ran the gauntlet of four road games against St. Louis, then the three Californian teams. For a team struggling as badly as the Islanders are, getting out of that crazy schedule with one win, even in a shootout, should probably be considered positive. Only 9 wins on the season though, ouch.
Average 29.2 28.2 We can write something about San Jose!

Well, I guess I can put many of the publications on the nice list for even finding something positive to say about the Isles at all. Except for Scrooge McESPN, of course.

LHH's Yuletide Power Rankings

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 St. Louis 22 6 4 48 2239
2 Colorado 22 9 1 45 2171
3 San Jose 20 7 6 46 2132
4 Chicago 24 7 5 53 2101
5 Anaheim 23 7 5 51 2080
6 Los Angeles 22 8 4 48 2050
7 Boston 22 9 2 46 1987
8 Phoenix 18 9 5 41 1949
9 Pittsburgh 24 10 1 49 1940
10 Vancouver 20 10 5 45 1849
11 Minnesota 19 11 5 43 1828
12 Tampa Bay 19 11 3 41 1785
13 Montreal 20 12 3 43 1653
14 Nashville 16 14 3 35 1635
15 Dallas 15 12 5 35 1587
16 Washington 18 12 3 39 1562
17 Carolina 14 13 7 35 1525
18 Detroit 15 11 9 39 1505
19 Winnipeg 15 15 5 35 1458
20 Toronto 17 15 3 37 1444
21 New Jersey 13 15 6 32 1380
22 Calgary 13 15 5 31 1363
23 Florida 12 17 5 29 1333
24 Ottawa 14 15 6 34 1315
25 NY Rangers 16 17 1 33 1311
26 Columbus 14 16 4 32 1250
27 Philadelphia 14 15 4 32 1229
28 NY Islanders 9 19 6 24 1064
29 Edmonton 11 21 3 25 1019
30 Buffalo 7 23 3 17 743

That win over the Sharks did quite a bit of good, and keeps the boys off the ultimate naughty list, for now.

Standings' Greetings from an Alternate Universe

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Boston 18 4 2 9 64
Montreal 17 3 3 12 60
Detroit 14 1 9 11 53
Tampa Bay 12 7 3 11 53
Toronto 11 6 3 15 48
Ottawa 11 3 6 15 45
Florida 8 4 5 17 37
Buffalo 2 5 3 23 19
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 21 3 1 10 70
NY Rangers 14 2 1 17 47
Carolina 12 2 7 13 47
Washington 8 10 3 12 47
Philadelphia 13 1 4 15 45
Columbus 12 2 4 16 44
New Jersey 9 4 6 15 41
NY Islanders 5 4 6 19 29
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
Chicago 20 4 5 7 73
St. Louis 18 4 4 6 66
Colorado 17 5 1 9 62
Minnesota 15 4 5 11 58
Nashville 15 1 3 14 50
Dallas 11 4 5 12 46
Winnipeg 9 6 5 15 44
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 19 4 5 7 70
Los Angeles 14 8 4 8 62
San Jose 15 5 6 7 61
Vancouver 14 6 5 10 59
Phoenix 13 5 5 9 54
Calgary 7 6 5 15 38
Edmonton 7 4 3 21 32

This one, more than any other gauge above, is what really hits home, despite it being only a "what if" experiment. The Isles would be four regulation wins behind seventh place. I was about to write that it would only be three by the end of tonight (Tuesday night), but the Isles just managed to hand the Lightning a gift with less than four seconds to go in regulation ('tis the season, after all!).

OK that's it for now. Hopefully one more rankings post will happen before the New Year, but just in case that can't happen, please forget about our team for a few days and try to have a happy holidays, OK?

Cheers!

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