NHL Power Rankings 1/7/14: If not hope, at least regulation wins

If I didn't have journalistic integrity, I would've posted a shot of the Ice Girls picking up the hats after Johnny T's hattrick. Stupid integrity. - Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Victories over Western Conference teams help lift the post-holidays blues.

As we slowly get back into our normal routines, the Islanders are giving us some late Christmas presents. Are the sports publications willing to give a little love back?

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

Date Prior
Site Published Ranking Ranking Comments
CBS 1/6/2014 26 28 In the past four games the Isles have beaten the Wild, Bruins and Blackhawks (all playoff teams) and lost to the Canes (not in playoff position). That seems off.
ESPN 1/6/2014 27 29 The Isles saw their best stretch of the season come to an end in Saturday's loss to Carolina. Does this signal the start of another slide or can Jack Capuano's boys get back quickly into the win column?
TSN 1/6/2014 29 29 6-4-2 in the past dozen games, the Islanders are making progress, yet the worst record and goal differential in the worst division leaves them fighting uphill.
Fox Sports 1/2/2014 30 30 GOOD NEWS: Cornerstone center John Tavares returned after missing one game with a minor injury.
BAD NEWS: They were 0-17-5 in the first 22 games they scored fewer than three goals.
BOTTOM LINE: By winning just five of their first 20 games, the Islanders fell rapidly from playoff contention. And yet there has been no coaching or management changes.
Sports Illustrated 12/31/2013 29 30 The Isles showed a lot of grit on Sunday, rebounding from a 3-0 deficit 23 minutes into the game for a 5-4 win. Okay, so it was against the staggering Wild, but give 'em credit for finding ways to wins games they would have lost earlier in the season.
SB Nation None --- 28 [Coming tomorrow]
Average 28.2 29.0 Good things, bad things. What will happen next? We'll find out when you do.

Nope. Still coal. And that's OK. If I was bad all year and then helped an old lady across the street on Dec. 24, I'm pretty sure I'd still get the same lump in my stocking.

LHH Power Rankings

Through 1/6/14 (and therefore do not include the victory over the Leafs).

W L OTL Pts PWR
1 St. Louis 29 7 5 63 2309
2 San Jose 27 10 6 60 2224
3 Anaheim 31 8 5 67 2223
4 Chicago 29 7 9 67 2204
5 Pittsburgh 31 12 1 63 2041
6 Colorado 26 12 4 56 2027
7 Boston 28 12 2 58 1992
8 Los Angeles 26 13 4 56 1986
9 Tampa Bay 25 13 4 54 1891
10 Vancouver 23 13 8 54 1817
11 Phoenix 20 12 9 49 1801
12 Montreal 25 14 5 55 1799
13 Dallas 20 15 7 47 1731
14 Minnesota 22 17 5 49 1656
15 Carolina 18 16 9 45 1582
16 Detroit 19 14 10 48 1571
17 Toronto 21 17 5 47 1548
18 Nashville 18 19 6 42 1520
19 Ottawa 19 18 7 45 1500
20 Washington 20 16 6 46 1497
21 New Jersey 17 18 8 42 1489
22 Philadelphia 21 17 4 46 1484
23 NY Rangers 21 20 3 45 1455
24 Winnipeg 19 21 5 43 1410
25 Columbus 19 20 4 42 1373
26 Florida 16 21 6 38 1364
27 NY Islanders 15 22 7 37 1316
28 Calgary 15 21 6 36 1303
29 Edmonton 14 26 5 33 1055
30 Buffalo 12 26 4 28 1002

Well, at least there's a little more hope here. Victories over Western teams (who occupy 10 of the top 15 spots in the league) do lots for a team's power rankings average.

Standings from an Alternate Universe

In which you'd get three points for a regulation victory, so that all games are - you know - EQUAL.

Atlantic W OTW OTL L PTS
Boston 23 5 2 12 81
Montreal 20 5 5 14 75
Tampa Bay 16 9 4 13 70
Detroit 16 3 10 14 64
Ottawa 15 4 7 18 60
Toronto 12 9 5 17 59
Florida 11 5 6 21 49
Buffalo 5 7 4 26 33
Metropolitan W OTW OTL L PTS
Pittsburgh 26 5 1 12 89
Philadelphia 18 3 4 17 64
NY Rangers 17 4 3 20 62
Carolina 14 4 9 16 59
Columbus 15 4 4 20 57
Washington 10 10 6 16 56
New Jersey 12 5 8 18 54
NY Islanders 10 5 7 22 47
Central W OTW OTL L PTS
Chicago 25 4 9 7 92
St. Louis 23 6 5 7 86
Colorado 21 5 4 12 77
Minnesota 17 5 5 17 66
Dallas 16 4 7 15 63
Nashville 17 1 6 19 59
Winnipeg 12 7 5 21 55
Western W OTW OTL L PTS
Anaheim 24 7 5 8 91
San Jose 18 9 6 10 78
Los Angeles 17 9 4 13 73
Vancouver 16 7 8 13 70
Phoenix 13 7 9 12 62
Calgary 8 7 6 21 44
Edmonton 10 4 5 26 43

Regulation for the Win

In another small sign of hope, the Isles have the same number of regulation wins as Washington. Actually, one more regulation win than Washington, given last night's victory over the Leafs.

Earlier in the year, the Isles were nowhere near their division rivals in this stat. Maybe, just maybe they're finally starting to turn this thing around.

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