NHL Power Rankings: Isles 31st out of 30 teams

This man deserved better vs the Pens. - Bruce Bennett

Just kidding! But only a little bit. But the Isles have been all kinds of bad lately.

The Lighthouse Hockey power rankings took a Thanksgiving break last week, and the first thing I was thankful for was not having to see how far our team had fallen. Surely they'd turn it around after two weeks, right? Er....

Roundup of Weekly Opinion Polls

Let's see how poorly the Isles look in the eyes of others first...

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 12/2/2013 28 27 Last season the Isles overcame the subpar back end with a very strong offense; this season the offense is 18th in the league. Not the problem this year, but not the answer either.
ESPN 12/2/2013 29 25 The spirited run to the playoffs last season seems as if it happened years ago and to an entirely different team.
TSN 12/2/2013 28 28 2-10-1 in the last 13 games leaves the Islanders at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division and should probably start discussion about where they will deal LW Thomas Vanek in order to recoup some of the assets lost to acquire him from Buffalo early in the season.
Fox Sports 11/28/2013 25 25 GOOD NEWS: Led by center John Tavares, they feature a respectable NHL offense.
BAD NEWS: This team allowed 82 goals allowed in 24 games. That is hard to do in today’s game.
BOTTOM LINE: GM Garth Snow is a former goaltender, so he knows bad goaltending when he sees it. He absolutely, positively needs to acquire a new netminder.
Sports Illustrated 12/3/2013 29 28 With seven losses in their last eight games, the Isles are on the express elevator to the Eastern basement. Rumors about the job security of their coach are starting to percolate, but GM Garth Snow owes Jack Capuano a chance to fill out a lineup with a halfway decent defense and proven NHL goaltender before he holds him accountable.
SB Nation [Updated]
12/5/2013 28 --- You'd think Snow would recognize when goaltending was a major problem for his team, but it seems like he's oblivious to it. Only Edmonton has allowed more goals than Long Island, and the Isles are actually a halfway decent possession team.
Average 27.8 26.6 Oh, the horror.

Yep. Pretty damn bad. To the publications' credit, only one mentioned the possibility of Capuano getting the axe. That's an easy line to write right now.

LHH Power Rankings

And now our own cold, hard calculations, which put the Isles near the cold, hard bedrock.

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 San Jose 18 3 5 41 2372
2 Colorado 19 6 0 38 2340
3 St. Louis 18 5 3 39 2330
4 Chicago 20 4 4 44 2198
5 Phoenix 15 7 4 34 2017
6 Los Angeles 17 7 4 38 1961
7 Boston 18 7 2 38 1959
8 Anaheim 18 7 4 40 1902
9 Tampa Bay 16 9 1 33 1800
10 Minnesota 16 8 5 37 1766
11 Pittsburgh 18 9 1 37 1737
12 Nashville 13 11 3 29 1664
13 Montreal 16 9 3 35 1643
14 Detroit 14 7 7 35 1635
15 Dallas 12 9 4 28 1604
16 Vancouver 14 10 5 33 1541
17 Winnipeg 13 12 4 30 1515
18 Toronto 14 10 3 31 1465
19 Washington 14 11 2 30 1412
20 New Jersey 11 12 5 27 1358
21 NY Rangers 14 14 0 28 1327
22 Carolina 10 12 5 25 1319
23 Calgary 9 13 4 22 1261
24 Ottawa 10 13 4 24 1240
25 Philadelphia 12 13 2 26 1152
26 Florida 7 15 5 19 1104
27 NY Islanders 8 15 4 20 1048
28 Columbus 10 14 3 23 1033
29 Edmonton 9 17 2 20 936
30 Buffalo 6 20 2 14 744

It's an odd mathematical miracle that the Isles are ahead of the Blue Jackets, who have three more points in the standings.

Standings from an Alternate Universe

What if regulation wins earned you three points, just to make all games... you know... equal?! By the way, Puck Daddy is starting to keep track of this as well.

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Boston 14 4 2 7 52
Montreal 15 1 3 9 50
Detroit 13 1 7 7 48
Tampa Bay 10 6 1 9 43
Toronto 10 4 3 10 41
Ottawa 9 1 4 13 33
Florida 5 2 5 15 24
Buffalo 2 4 2 20 16
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 16 2 1 9 53
NY Rangers 13 1 0 14 41
Philadelphia 11 1 2 13 37
Washington 6 8 2 11 36
New Jersey 8 3 5 12 35
Carolina 8 2 5 12 33
Columbus 8 2 3 14 31
NY Islanders 5 3 4 15 25
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
Chicago 16 4 4 4 60
St. Louis 15 3 3 5 54
Colorado 15 4 0 6 53
Minnesota 13 3 5 8 50
Nashville 12 1 3 11 41
Winnipeg 8 5 4 12 38
Dallas 8 4 4 9 36
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 15 3 4 7 55
San Jose 13 5 5 3 54
Los Angeles 10 7 4 7 48
Phoenix 10 5 4 7 44
Vancouver 9 5 5 10 42
Calgary 6 3 4 13 28
Edmonton 6 3 2 17 26

The paltry number of regulation victories is rather stark. But of course, no matter how you add things up, the Isles' record is simply bad. Losing in OT to the Pens won't help.

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