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NHL Power Rankings Roundup, Nov. 18: Islanders move up, goalies earn praise

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The west coast road trip and some home cooking against the Coyotes have the Isles back in the top 10.

Greiss: In touch with The Force.
Greiss: In touch with The Force.
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After an early November lull that was reflected by a middling treading in our power rankings, the New York Islanders went 2-1 on their California road trip, then beat the Coyotes (who dropped to 15th in our power rankings) at home. That'll move you up any list, despite losing a winnable game to the strongest opponent of the four.

First, here are what the media ranking opinion-makers are saying. No surprise, a few turn their focus to the offensive rebound and the competent European goalie tandem.

Roundup of Weekly Opinion Polls

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
CBS 11/17/2015 10 15 Having John Tavares healthy and playing sure goes a long way. The Isles have scored 14 goals over their last four games while going 3-1-0 over that span and now sit in third place in the highly-competitive Metropolitan Division.
ESPN 11/16/2015 12 13 The Isles are back home after taking two out of three in California, backup goalie Thomas Greiss winning those two games against the Sharks and Ducks.
TSN 11/16/2015 10 --- While the Islanders may not be scoring as much as last season, they are getting better goaltending. Goalies Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss have combined for a .928 save percentage.
Fox 11/16/2015 15 18 One of the more surprising moves the Islanders have made this season was sending Ryan Strome to the AHL. In 12 games, he had a goal and four assists, pretty bad considering he finished with 17 goals and 33 assists last season. How’s he doing in the AHL? He’s got two points in three games. He’ll be back in the NHL soon, but the Islanders could really use his playmaking abilities.
USA Today --- --- 11 None this week.
Average 11.8 14.3 A little of everything, including steady progress.

USA Today draws the bye week, I guess. The goalies get several shout outs, instead of shout ATs, which is kinda nice.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 11/17/15

(6) (4) (3) (2) (0)
Reg OT OT Reg LHH LHH
GP W W SO L L Pts Rating
1 Montreal Canadiens 19 13 1 1 1 3 87 139
2 New York Rangers 18 13 0 2 1 2 86 133
3 Dallas Stars 19 13 2 0 0 4 86 128
4 St. Louis Blues 19 10 2 0 1 6 70 112
5 Los Angeles Kings 18 9 2 1 0 6 65 112
6 Nashville Predators 17 9 0 3 2 3 67 110
7 Pittsburgh Penguins 18 8 2 1 0 7 59 110
8 New York Islanders 19 9 1 1 2 6 65 109
9 Minnesota Wild 17 9 1 0 3 4 64 108
10 San Jose Sharks 18 8 1 1 0 8 55 107
11 Washington Capitals 16 9 1 1 1 4 63 105
12 Boston Bruins 17 8 0 0 1 8 50 104
13 New Jersey Devils 18 5 3 3 0 7 51 104
14 Winnipeg Jets 19 8 0 1 1 9 53 103
15 Arizona Coyotes 18 8 1 0 1 8 54 101
16 Chicago Blackhawks 18 7 3 0 1 7 56 101
17 Toronto Maple Leafs 19 5 0 4 1 9 44 99
18 Ottawa Senators 18 4 1 6 2 5 50 97
19 Colorado Avalanche 18 7 0 0 1 10 44 94
20 Vancouver Canucks 19 6 0 1 6 6 51 94
21 Columbus Blue Jackets 19 7 0 0 0 12 42 92
22 Florida Panthers 18 7 0 2 2 7 52 92
23 Detroit Red Wings 18 6 3 0 1 8 50 88
24 Tampa Bay Lightning 20 6 2 2 1 9 52 87
25 Anaheim Ducks 19 5 0 2 3 9 42 83
26 Buffalo Sabres 18 6 1 1 1 9 45 82
27 Philadelphia Flyers 18 3 2 2 3 8 38 80
28 Carolina Hurricanes 18 3 3 0 2 10 34 76
29 Edmonton Oilers 18 4 2 0 0 12 32 75
30 Calgary Flames 20 3 4 1 0 12 37 75

Despite losing to the higher-rated Kings in regulation, the Isles move up a bit. Meanwhile, this might be the first time ever that no team scored below a 70. You're tanking wrong, guys!

As always, feel free to leave questions in the comment section. I'll answer whenever able.