Final 2013 NHL Power Rankings: For the Islanders, out with the old. Please.

When other teams lose to us, the first stage is denial. - Hannah Foslien

As we turn the page on the year, we look back on the book we'd rather burn.

I'm not usually one to do New Years resolutions, but I'll make an exception in this case. Despite having little down time during the holiday season, I managed to cobble together a power rankings post, in the hopes that putting it out there constitutes a way to exorcise the 2013 demons this team has had. [Well, that and exercise. While I usually keep myself at least kinda fit, I went to work today and forgot to wear a belt. If that wasn't bad enough, I realized that I didn't really need it anymore. Yikes.]

But enough Mike bashing. Let's get to the weekly Isles bashing.

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 12/30/2013 28 29 The Islanders have shown some life with wins in three of five games, but even in the Metro they are close to out of it. MVP: John Tavares. It's tempting to say Kyle Okposo with his breakout campaign but the team goes as Tavares goes.
ESPN 12/30/2013 29 30 The Isles have actually managed to collect a few wins of late but the pressure is on GM Garth Snow to make something happen come trade deadline time.
TSN 12/23/2013 29 29 One regulation win in the past 16 games and they haven't been saved by C Ryan Strome, who has one point in his first four NHL games.
Fox Sports 12/26/2013 30 28 GOOD NEWS: They showed some rare life by winning 3-0 at Detroit, with veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov earning the shutout.
BAD NEWS: That was just their third victory in 17 games. It is really, really hard to sustain such futility while playing in the Eastern Conference.
BOTTOM LINE: Rather than build on last season’s breakout, the Islanders collapsed. There is no greater disappointment in the league.
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 12/28/2013 28 29 A big win over their chief rival in the Rangers and a 3-0 shutout win over the Red Wings capped off a very strong week for the struggling Islanders.
Average 29.0 29.2 ESPN must have confused them with the Rangers.

Not all sites have updated yet, but what immediately sticks out is ESPN talking all Rangers about the Isles. Everyone else (rightfully) points out how bad we've been, and that recent wins are small baby steps for our club, but ESPN is all "they can still do this!" when they usually have the Isles dead in the water.

LHH Power Rankings

A mathematical approach to comparing all teams.

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 San Jose 25 8 6 56 2311
2 St. Louis 26 7 5 57 2262
3 Chicago 27 7 7 61 2211
4 Anaheim 28 8 5 61 2161
5 Los Angeles 25 10 4 54 2095
6 Colorado 23 11 4 50 2034
7 Pittsburgh 29 11 1 59 2028
8 Boston 26 11 2 54 1986
9 Vancouver 23 11 6 52 1904
10 Phoenix 19 10 9 47 1880
11 Tampa Bay 23 12 4 50 1863
12 Dallas 19 12 7 45 1841
13 Montreal 23 14 3 49 1760
14 Minnesota 20 16 5 45 1675
15 Detroit 18 13 9 45 1554
16 Nashville 17 18 4 38 1547
17 Washington 20 14 5 45 1544
18 Toronto 20 16 5 45 1537
19 Winnipeg 18 18 5 41 1502
20 New Jersey 16 16 8 40 1484
21 Carolina 14 16 9 37 1440
22 NY Rangers 19 19 2 40 1437
23 Ottawa 16 18 7 39 1400
24 Philadelphia 18 16 4 40 1381
25 Florida 15 20 5 35 1365
26 Columbus 17 18 4 38 1333
27 Calgary 14 19 6 34 1322
28 NY Islanders 12 21 7 31 1180
29 Edmonton 13 24 4 30 1033
30 Buffalo 11 24 4 26 1015

No movement for the Isles. At least they're not dropping lower than the Times Square ball.

Standings from an Alternate Universe

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Boston 22 4 2 11 76
Montreal 18 5 3 14 67
Tampa Bay 14 9 4 12 64
Detroit 15 3 9 13 60
Toronto 12 8 5 16 57
Ottawa 13 3 7 18 52
Florida 11 4 5 20 46
Buffalo 4 7 4 24 30
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 24 5 1 11 83
NY Rangers 16 3 2 19 56
Philadelphia 16 2 4 16 56
Washington 10 10 5 14 55
Columbus 14 3 4 18 52
New Jersey 11 5 8 16 51
Carolina 12 2 9 16 49
NY Islanders 8 4 7 21 39
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
Chicago 23 4 7 7 84
St. Louis 20 6 5 7 77
Colorado 18 5 4 11 68
Minnesota 15 5 5 16 60
Dallas 15 4 7 12 60
Nashville 16 1 4 18 54
Winnipeg 11 7 5 18 52
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 22 6 5 8 83
San Jose 17 8 6 8 73
Los Angeles 16 9 4 10 70
Vancouver 16 7 6 11 68
Phoenix 13 6 9 10 60
Calgary 7 7 6 19 41
Edmonton 9 4 4 24 39

Not only does this make us look bad (as always), but it also makes the Rangers look better. You know what? I'm done for this year. Here's hoping 2014 is better. As though it could get much worse, right?

/Ducks for cover

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