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12/8/15 LHH Power Rankings: Higher and Higher

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The Isles make a jump as they begin three division games in a week.

Duck duck duck... Goose!
Duck duck duck... Goose!
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What a difference a week or so makes. Riding their hot streak, the New York Islanders rose greatly in the opinion polls, and slightly in our own power rankings.

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
CBS 12/8/2015 6 10 The Isles are gaining on the top dogs in the Metropolitan thanks to points in each of their last seven games. Even when New York hasn't been at its best, it seems to be in pretty much every game it plays.
ESPN 12/7/2015 10 16 The Islanders have earned points in seven consecutive games, going 5-0-2. They had a huge 2-1 shootout win over the Rangers at Barclays Center on Wednesday.
TSN 12/7/2015 9 10 Seven straight games without a regulation loss for the Islanders, who may be trying to navigate the Travis Hamonic trade waters, or they're just continuing to play him big minutes, nearly 24 minutes per game since the beginning of November.
Fox 12/7/2015 6 16 There you are Ryan Strome! He finally came out of Islander purgatory and saw some NHL time. He’s got five points in the six games he’s played since his return. So it’s no coincidence that New York is starting to turn their season around. This is a top team that is starting to click, and not many teams will want to face these guys.
USA Today 12/7/2015 7 14 Failing to close out games has haunted them at times, but they're still a team with a varied arsenal to get job done.
Average 7.6 13.2 Keep on keepin' on.

Nothing bad mentioned anywhere, except USA Today's point on closing games out (still a bit of an issue this year, but far worse last year if I recall correctly). Also, Fox Sports and USA Today say they totally had rankings up last week, even though we didn't see them. Sure, guys.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 12/7/15

(6) (4) (3) (2) (0)
Reg OT OT Reg LHH LHH
GP W W SO L L Pts Rating
1 Montreal Canadiens 28 17 1 2 2 6 116 129.3
2 Dallas Stars 27 16 3 2 1 5 116 127.1
3 Washington Capitals 25 15 2 1 2 5 105 117.6
4 New York Rangers 28 16 1 2 1 8 108 114.4
5 Los Angeles Kings 26 12 4 2 0 8 94 110.8
6 New York Islanders 28 13 1 3 3 8 97 107.9
7 Boston Bruins 26 12 1 1 2 10 83 106.5
8 Minnesota Wild 26 13 1 0 5 7 92 105.8
9 St. Louis Blues 27 12 2 2 3 8 92 102.4
10 San Jose Sharks 26 11 2 1 0 12 77 102.2
11 Ottawa Senators 27 8 3 6 2 8 82 101.9
12 Pittsburgh Penguins 26 10 3 2 1 10 80 101.1
13 Nashville Predators 27 12 0 3 4 8 89 101.0
14 Winnipeg Jets 28 12 1 1 1 13 81 101.0
15 New Jersey Devils 27 8 4 4 1 10 78 99.6
16 Detroit Red Wings 27 8 6 1 4 8 83 99.4
17 Colorado Avalanche 28 11 1 0 1 15 72 99.3
18 Chicago Blackhawks 27 9 5 0 4 9 82 98.8
19 Arizona Coyotes 27 11 2 0 1 13 76 97.8
20 Florida Panthers 27 9 1 4 3 10 76 97.0
21 Tampa Bay Lightning 28 10 2 3 1 12 79 95.5
22 Vancouver Canucks 29 9 0 2 7 11 74 93.4
23 Toronto Maple Leafs 27 7 0 6 1 13 62 92.4
24 Columbus Blue Jackets 28 10 1 1 0 16 67 91.5
25 Philadelphia Flyers 27 5 5 2 4 11 64 88.7
26 Buffalo Sabres 28 9 1 3 1 14 69 86.1
27 Anaheim Ducks 28 10 0 2 4 12 74 85.3
28 Carolina Hurricanes 27 7 3 1 3 13 63 85.1
29 Edmonton Oilers 28 7 3 1 2 15 61 82.6
30 Calgary Flames 26 3 6 2 1 14 50 78.6

The Isles' more modest jump in our own calculations is due to two main issues: (1) They were already ranked higher, so there's less room to rise, and (2) their shootout wins and losses all count as only half credit, in our system. So the rise looks far better in the Bettman Bonus Points System than it does here, where a shootout result is called for what it is: a game that couldn't be settled with actual hockey.

This week's opponents: the 25th-ranked Flyers (just scraped by!), followed by the 24th-ranked Blue Jackets, and 15th-ranked Devils. Given the relatively low strength of schedule, the Isles would have to win some games in regulation in order to keep up their pace.