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NHL Power Rankings Nov. 12: Isles Re-Becoming the Great Team They Never Weren't

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The Isles rebound strong and enter the top 10. Other publications take a week off.

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Beat us 5-0? Of course you realize, this means war.
Beat us 5-0? Of course you realize, this means war.
Bruce Bennett

That's better. The Isles' salvaged road trip turned around their record, and the quality of the teams they beat helped lift them in our power rankings. Usually we compare those rankings with the opinion polls, but it appears few sites have an opinion this week.

Weekly Round-Up of Opinion Polls

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
CBS 11/11/2014 12 17 The Isles are starting to put everything back together. The goaltending has improved and the team is battling in close games. Winning three of five on a Pacific swing is no easy feat.
ESPN 11/10/2014 13 22 The Isles wrapped up their Western swing in impressive fashion with wins in Anaheim, L.A. and Arizona. The goaltending has been sharper of late, which is no small factor.
TSN --- --- 19 None this week
Fox 11/6/2014 21 11 An overtime win in Anaheim looks better on paper than in reality since the Ducks were missing Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. New York's goaltending is a concern. The Islanders were 29th in the league with an .881 team save percentage before Wednesday's games.
USA Today --- --- 17 None this week
WaPo --- --- 13 None this week
Average 15 17 Cricket sounds

Seems like nearly everyone took the week off (and Fox Sports always lags behind). We'll chalk it up to observance of Veterans' / Remembrance Day. If these publications continue to slack off next week, we'll have to find a few more. Or ignore them entirely.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 11/10/14, so last night's dominance over the 'Lanche doesn't factor in.

GP Reg W OT W SO OT L Reg L LHH Pts LHH Rating
1 Pittsburgh Penguins 13 9 0 1 1 2 59 139
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 15 8 2 2 0 3 62 129
3 Nashville Predators 14 8 0 2 1 3 56 124
4 Detroit Red Wings 15 5 2 3 2 3 51 119
5 Vancouver Canucks 16 8 1 2 0 5 58 118
6 Calgary Flames 17 6 2 2 1 6 52 113
7 Philadelphia Flyers 14 5 2 2 0 5 44 109
8 New York Islanders 14 6 1 2 0 5 46 108
9 Anaheim Ducks 16 8 1 3 1 3 63 107
10 St. Louis Blues 14 6 1 3 0 4 49 107
11 San Jose Sharks 16 6 0 4 0 6 48 107
12 Winnipeg Jets 15 5 1 4 0 5 46 106
13 Montreal Canadiens 15 5 1 4 1 4 48 102
14 Los Angeles Kings 15 7 0 2 2 4 52 100
15 Ottawa Senators 14 6 0 3 1 4 47 100
16 Minnesota Wild 13 6 0 1 0 6 39 99
17 Chicago Blackhawks 15 5 1 2 1 6 42 99
18 Boston Bruins 16 7 2 1 0 6 53 98
19 Toronto Maple Leafs 15 7 1 1 1 5 51 98
20 Washington Capitals 14 4 1 3 1 5 39 97
21 New Jersey Devils 15 4 1 2 1 7 36 92
22 Arizona Coyotes 14 3 2 2 0 7 32 92
23 New York Rangers 14 3 2 3 0 6 35 92
24 Edmonton Oilers 15 6 0 1 0 8 39 89
25 Colorado Avalanche 16 3 0 3 3 7 33 88
26 Dallas Stars 14 3 0 2 3 6 30 88
27 Carolina Hurricanes 14 4 1 2 1 6 36 78
28 Florida Panthers 12 3 1 1 3 4 31 77
29 Columbus Blue Jackets 14 4 0 0 1 9 26 66
30 Buffalo Sabres 16 1 0 3 1 11 17 59

LHH Points: Regulation win = 6 points; OT W = 4; shootout = 3; OT L = 2; Reg. Loss = 0

LHH Rating: An index based on the winning percentages of opponents. 100 is average.

Frankly, I'm a bit surprised at how high the Isles shot up (from 20th last week). The wins against the Ducks (OT) and Kings (skills competition) don't even get the Isles full credit with our method. But just playing good teams and getting any sort of result against them (as well as beating the Coyotes in regulation), all on the road, has finally brought the Isles' average level of competition up. Their above-.500 record takes care of the rest.

That's all for now. I'm getting married in a week and a half, so it's back to deciding on songs for the DJ. But I'll give you something to chat about... Is there any team in our rankings whose position you strongly disagree with?

Stick tap to Steven Colbert, whose book title I plagiarized the hell out of.