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NHL Power Rankings: Isles middling through Nov. 9 Results

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Isles are still 13th despite last week's losing streak.

Not reflected in this week's rankings: An actual win!
Not reflected in this week's rankings: An actual win!
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's LHH NHL Power Rankings, you'll see how many of this year's power rankings articles will be like: Much less verbage, as I have to do these things plus the FIGs during my lunch breaks at work.

There will likely be occasional bits added by Dom or Dan. And I won't mock the publications as often (although USA Today made it too easy this week).

Last week's rankings can be found here, and include an explanation of the methodology behind the Lighthouse Hockey Power Rankings. It was lost amongst the actual weighty news of JT's illnesses and Strome's demotion. OK, on with it.

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

In which people think the Islanders have both Stromes.

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
CBS 11/10/2015 15 13 John Tavares is back from illness, but the Isles have lost five of their last six. They have scored two goals or fewer in all six of those games and are struggling to find an answer for it.
ESPN 11/9/2015 13 11 After a 6-2-1 start, the Isles have dropped five of their past six games, scoring just five goals in their past four games. Now comes a three-game trek through San Jose, L.A. and Anaheim.
TSN --- --- 16 No rankings this week.
Fox 11/9/2015 18 13 The Islanders, top to bottom, are a strong team on paper. But they were without John Tavares this week, as he was battling a horrid illness. But they have had more issues than that. What exactly is their problem? Well, giving up 359 scoring chances at even strength 5-vs.-5, the most in the NHL, certainly doesn’t help.
USA Today 11/9/2015 11 14 An AHL wake-up call for Dylan Strome? He did have 17 goals and 50 points last season.
Average 14.3 13.4 Sure the Isles have been slumping, but at least they got Ryan Strome's brother!

They shouldn't break up Ryan and Dylan like that IMO.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 11/9/15

(6) (4) (3) (2) (0)
Reg OT OT Reg LHH LHH
GP W W SO L L Pts Rating
1 Montreal Canadiens 16 13 0 0 1 2 80 152
2 Dallas Stars 15 11 1 0 0 3 70 135
3 St. Louis Blues 14 8 2 0 1 3 58 126
4 New York Rangers 14 10 0 1 1 2 65 123
5 Los Angeles Kings 14 7 2 0 0 5 50 120
6 Winnipeg Jets 15 8 0 1 1 5 53 116
7 Minnesota Wild 13 8 0 0 2 3 52 112
8 Washington Capitals 13 8 1 1 0 3 55 112
9 Boston Bruins 14 7 0 0 1 6 44 110
10 Pittsburgh Penguins 14 7 2 0 0 5 50 109
11 Nashville Predators 13 6 0 2 2 3 46 108
12 Vancouver Canucks 15 5 0 1 5 4 43 103
13 New York Islanders 15 6 1 1 2 5 47 101
14 San Jose Sharks 14 6 0 1 0 7 39 101
15 New Jersey Devils 14 3 3 3 0 5 39 101
16 Arizona Coyotes 14 6 1 0 1 6 42 100
17 Chicago Blackhawks 15 5 3 0 1 6 44 95
18 Tampa Bay Lightning 16 5 2 1 1 7 43 95
19 Ottawa Senators 14 3 1 5 1 4 39 95
20 Florida Panthers 14 5 0 1 2 6 37 94
21 Philadelphia Flyers 14 3 1 1 3 6 31 87
22 Anaheim Ducks 15 4 0 2 2 7 34 85
23 Detroit Red Wings 14 5 2 0 1 6 40 83
24 Edmonton Oilers 15 4 1 0 0 10 28 82
25 Toronto Maple Leafs 14 2 0 3 1 8 23 81
26 Carolina Hurricanes 14 3 3 0 0 8 30 80
27 Colorado Avalanche 14 4 0 0 1 9 26 76
28 Calgary Flames 15 2 3 1 0 9 27 75
29 Columbus Blue Jackets 15 4 0 0 0 11 24 74
30 Buffalo Sabres 14 4 1 1 0 8 31 71

The recent losing streak drops the Islanders to about average (LHH ratings are designed such that 100 is average). The road trip that started Tuesday features the 5th highest ranked team (Kings), a team in a tie with the Isles (Sharks), and a team well below but moving up (Ducks).

So, we'll see how the win over San Jose and the results in SoCal affect things next week. See you then!