This is a day late, and I know it's like dental torture reading What Others Say in our random sampling of media "power rankings," so I try to combine it with our Real Power Rankings and a few links of interest. Comedy and discussion usually ensues. Links here, rankings and commentary after the jump:
- Mark Streit was skating this morning, but don't get all excited or nothin'. [Isles Twitter]
- Cool shot of the Isles rally caps last night on Flickr.
- Sadly it was recorded before Friday night, but still an excellent interview with Al Arbour on old stories and current health at SNY/Point Blank - TV.
- Eric Hornick's "Skinny" is always worth a read, but this one at the official site has some more gems. "The Isles have not had a fight in either of the two games played since their 9-3 victory over the Penguins Friday." Also, for rookies, Grabner's hot streak has just flirted with Selanne territory.
- Stupidest Misleading Headline Award (h/t Keith, with hilarious responses here): "Hall of Famer Clark Gillies Doesn't Disagree with Mario."
- Not because it means much, but because it gets us talking: Hockey's Future updates its Isles prospect list/ranking.
- You know why, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage: $20 seats for the next four games.
- On that note, your weekly "troubled franchise" tale: Atlanta.
Media Rankings Survey
First, it's a day late but here is how various members of the Fourth Estate view our favorite thugs (note: rankings compiled before last night's win).
P.S.: Could Aaron Portzline possibly be more clueless about the state of the Isles? The answer is none. None more hack.
|Outlet||Rank||Last Week||Their Commentary|
||Rookie Michael Grabner is the league's fastest player and, this week, its first star.|
||No plan, no future, not much talent. After the goon-fest with Pittsburgh it's fair to say not much class, either.|
|ESPN||27||28||Just when you think there's no way the NHL's doormat franchise could find a new low, it goons it up like the Hanson Brothers last week against Pittsburgh. Brutal.|
|Sportsnet (Brophy)||27||28||With nine goals in his past five games, rookie Michael Grabner has thrust himself into the Calder Trophy race.|
|28||27||Yes, the Islanders have won three in a row, but with the duo of Mikko Koskinen and Al Montoya between the pipes, questions linger about the sustainability of this improvement. Aside from that and Friday night's shenanigans against the Penguins, there really are some promising signs.|
Summary of our two weekly favorites requires channeling Radiohead: "Because...You have not been / Paying attention / Paying attention / Paying attention!..."
Real NHL Power Rankings
As always, these are updated through Sunday's games. Formula and calculations courtesy of our own ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles -- who is usually the one you'll find thanklessly compiling FIG picks in the game thread. (P.S. Strangest "what have we become?" part of my skiing weekend: A bunch of guys in our 30s and 40s playing Rock Band 3, trying to be Keith Moon on "I Can See for Miles.")
Explanation of how he does it is in the original post. If you have any questions about it, leave them in comments and he'll likely answer. For reference, last week's table is here.
Vancouver still on top, despite still more blueline injuries. New Jersey quite hot, but still just a shade above the Isles: