We do this exercise every week (and it's worth noting now and then that we
stole borrowed it from Capitals blog Japers' Rink), but the Islanders' consistently bottom-third performance this year has provided very little theater from week to week.
In the points standings they've hovered in the mid-20s all season long. In Fenwick-close (even strength puck possession measures when the score is close) they've climbed no higher than 20th outside of a few momentary exceptions. And in our Real Power Rankings, which factor in strength of defeated opponents, they've been reliably 26-27 all season long.
It's no wonder the national pundits can't think of new material.
Power Rankings are below. Meanwhile, for discussion: Was Duncan Keith's suspendable elbow last night retaliatory? If so, should that matter?
Survey of Media Power Rankings
Here is the weekly roundup of media rankings and commentary. Links take you to the overall rankings. Commentary is what specifically was penned about the Isles.
This week: Burnside gets new material! (No, not really.) The Islanders added a couple of wins (well, a shootout win and a regulation win), but it was against two of Canada's worst three teams so that's not going to move the needle much.
|Outlet||Rank||Last Week||Their Commentary|
||Tip of the cap to Matt Moulson for his third consecutive 30-goal season. Nice career for a guy that was let go by Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.|
||Parts of Isles' future look good, but the fact they have the league's worst 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio (.74) shows how much work remains.|
|26||27||The Isles continue to meander around, as is their preferred way of doing things. They did win the Battle for the Bottom by defeating Montreal in a shootout Saturday, pushing the Habs back into the Eastern Conference cellar.|
|Sportsnet||26||28||John Tavares became the first Islander to record 70 points in a season since Alexei Yashin had 75 in 2001-02.|
|25||25||Registered a shootout win against Montreal Saturday, but that leaves the Isles six games without a regulation victory. On the plus side, D Travis Hamonic is finishing strong, with nine points and a plus-5 rating in 15 games since the All-Star break.|
||27||There are a lot of things to like about sophomore defenseman Travis Hamonic, who has six points in his last four games and is a plus-11 in 2012. The Isles enter the week without a regulation win since March 4|
So you guys beat the Habs and Leafs, huh? Big Babcock Clap for you.
Twenty-fourth here, twenty-sixth there, it's been that kind of
year five years.
For reference, here is last week's power rankings post.
Real Power Rankings
And now on to our weekly "real" power rankings courtesy of Mike, or ICanSeeForIslesAndIsles (who is the one you'll find tirelessly compiling FIG picks in the game thread), who conceived and delivers these week after week. They are calculated in true "power ranking" fashion -- i.e. how well teams fare based on their opponents' records.
These tables are through Monday's games, so for example they don't include the win over the Leafs.