LHH NHL Power Rankings 'n Bits: 'Who Cares We're Playing Outdoors!' Edition

It's a look. - Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

What number is bigger? The temperature during the Stadium Series game, or Isles' position in our power rankings?

Happy The-Rest-of-the-Universe-Has-To-Pay-Attention-To-Us-For-One-Night Eve!!!! Well, at least that's when I wrote this. It's too late for it to run now, and something tells me people won't be too eager to talk about a bunch of opinion polls and dry tables full of numbers on the day the Isles take it outdoors.

I'll be sitting in the bleachers over in left field, sssooooo.... I probably spent 320 bucks to see absolutely nothing.

But it's an opportunity that might not come around again for a long time. Taking my dad (a Rangers fan) and despite our one profound divide, we will enjoy this together.

And running with that warm fuzzy feeling, have some power rankings. But first, some mini-bits:

Elsewhere

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

It appears that people are pulling for us... But doubt we'll pull off the comeback.

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 1/27/2014 25 24 The offense is certainly ready for center stage at Yankee Stadium but the defense and goaltending continue to be porous. Hard to imagine they won't play the Rangers again after Friday.
ESPN 1/27/2014 25 25 Huge week with Boston on Monday followed by a pair with the Rangers.
TSN 1/27/2014 26 27 10-4-1 in the past 15 games, the Islanders are healthy and have one of the best lines in the game, but it's been a tough climb and they're still last in the Metropolitan Division.
Fox Sports 1/28/2014 24 24 GOOD NEWS: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion) and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (lower body) came off injured reserve. Defenseman Travis Hamonic (concussion) was nearly ready to do the same.
BAD NEWS: Coach Jack Capuano finally figured out how to cool down John Tavares: Separate him from high-scoring winger Kyle Okposoy.
BOTTOM LINE: The Islanders generated a nice, midseason push before returning three key players. They appear poised for a big finish.
Sports Illustrated 1/28/2014 25 19 The Islanders playoff chances are slowly fading away, but you can't blame the first line. Since Dec. 17 (a span of 19 games), the trio of John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo has combined for 73 points, with Tavares (26) leading the league during that stretch. Okposo had three points in Monday night's loss to the Bruins, his third consecutive game with at least that many against Boston. The last player to put together a streak like that against the B's? Mario Lemieux.
SB Nation 1/23/2014 22 21 Another Metro division team that's coming on in the second half, the Islanders still have a long way to go at even strength to move up the rankings.
Average 24.5 23.3 We really like that Okposoy.

Ah yes, that Kyle Okposoy. Some say he really benefits from playing with Tavaresy and Vaneky, but he's just as good with Nielseny and Grabnery, in my opiniony.

LHH Power Rankings

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 Anaheim 39 10 5 83 2293
2 St. Louis 35 11 5 75 2170
3 San Jose 34 13 6 74 2146
4 Chicago 32 10 12 76 2097
5 Pittsburgh 37 14 2 76 2064
6 Colorado 33 14 5 71 2056
7 Boston 33 15 3 69 2018
8 Los Angeles 30 18 6 66 1906
9 Tampa Bay 31 16 5 67 1895
10 Vancouver 27 18 9 63 1725
11 Minnesota 28 20 6 62 1717
12 Montreal 27 20 5 59 1674
13 Phoenix 24 18 10 58 1649
14 Dallas 24 21 8 56 1614
15 Carolina 24 19 9 57 1609
16 New Jersey 22 20 11 55 1606
17 Detroit 23 18 11 57 1602
18 Toronto 27 21 6 60 1600
19 NY Rangers 28 23 3 59 1580
20 Columbus 26 22 4 56 1537
21 Nashville 23 23 8 54 1533
22 Ottawa 22 20 10 54 1530
23 Winnipeg 25 24 5 55 1524
24 Washington 23 21 8 54 1472
25 Philadelphia 25 22 6 56 1446
26 NY Islanders 21 26 8 50 1429
27 Florida 21 24 7 49 1402
28 Calgary 18 27 7 43 1248
29 Edmonton 17 32 6 40 1065
30 Buffalo 14 30 7 35 1022

The Isles get dragged down a spot. Or kicked. I forget which. They're basically the same thing now, from what I've been told.

Standings from an Alternate Universe

Three points for a regulation win. As pure as an outdoor sheet of ice (until the shootout rains on everything):

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Boston 28 5 3 15 97
Tampa Bay 21 10 5 16 88
Montreal 20 7 5 20 79
Toronto 16 11 6 21 76
Detroit 18 5 11 18 75
Ottawa 17 5 10 20 71
Florida 14 7 7 24 63
Buffalo 6 8 7 30 41
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 31 6 2 14 107
NY Rangers 24 4 3 23 83
Columbus 21 5 4 22 77
Philadelphia 21 4 6 22 77
Carolina 20 4 9 19 77
New Jersey 16 6 11 20 71
Washington 13 10 8 21 67
NY Islanders 13 8 8 26 63
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
St. Louis 28 7 5 11 103
Chicago 27 5 12 10 103
Colorado 25 8 5 14 96
Minnesota 21 7 6 20 83
Dallas 20 4 8 21 76
Nashville 21 2 8 23 75
Winnipeg 16 9 5 24 71
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 32 7 5 10 115
San Jose 23 11 6 13 97
Los Angeles 21 9 6 18 87
Vancouver 18 9 9 18 81
Phoenix 17 7 10 18 75
Calgary 10 8 7 27 53
Edmonton 12 5 6 32 52

The Isles would be three regulation wins out of third, which isn't too bad considering they have twice as many regulation losses as regulation wins.

OK, I hope to meet many of you at the LHH meet-up at Stout tomorrow (or I hope I did meet many of you). I'll be there until a little after six, so if you showed up later, then we'll do it again someday soon, OK?

Let's. Go. Islanders. And try to stay warm.

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