This week, the opinion polls and power rankings chastise the Islanders the way a kid who's been great all year is told Santa's still watching and will totally not give you that ColecoVision in the closet if you don't clean your room before the relatives arrive, Mister!
And you're like, "But I've been good ALL YEAR! How does not making my room look presentable for the annual tour erase all of that life isn't fair and this is...."
Oh, sorry. Flashback. Where was I? Oh, right...
Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls
|Site||Updated||New Ranking||Prior Ranking||Comments|
|CBS||12/22/2015||5||5||The Isles are one point ahead of the Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division. They've won eight of their last 11 and broke out of an exremely brief scoring slump with five goals against the hapless Ducks.|
|ESPN||12/21/2015||14||2||After earning points in 10 consecutive games, the Islanders have dropped three in a row, including a 1-0 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday.|
|TSN||---||---||7||Out Christmas shopping.|
|Fox||12/21/2015||10||3||All of these nice things were said about the New York Islanders just last week, and they go and lose to the Florida Panthers, the Colorado Avalanche and the Arizona Coyotes. It almost feels dirty ranking them this high. But due to the implosion of several Eastern Conference teams, this is where the Islanders find themselves in the rankings.|
|USA Today||12/21/2015||8||7||The Christmas break comes at a perfect time for Kyle Okposo, as he'll likely only miss two games with a lower-body injury.|
|Average||9.3||4.8||You get coal. Shiney, hi quality coal, but coal nonetheless.|
Here's a classic example of why I prefer a scoring system as opposed to opinions: Opinions weigh the most recent games far too heavily.
That's not to say the Islanders don't deserve to drop a bit, but the swings in ESPN and Fox are supposedly because they lost two games to teams on hot streaks, and a 1-0 contest to a team they should have beaten if not for their goalie standing on his head.
Of course, the power rankings don't take into account winning streaks of other teams, either, so how did the Isles fare there?
LHH Power Rankings
for games through 12/22/15
|6||St. Louis Blues||36||18||2||2||3||11||128||108.4|
|7||Los Angeles Kings||33||13||5||3||1||11||109||106.2|
|11||New York Islanders||35||15||2||4||3||11||116||102.8|
|12||San Jose Sharks||34||13||3||1||2||15||97||100.8|
|16||Detroit Red Wings||34||10||6||3||5||10||103||99.2|
|17||New Jersey Devils||35||10||5||6||1||13||100||97.0|
|18||Tampa Bay Lightning||35||13||3||3||1||15||101||96.9|
|22||Toronto Maple Leafs||33||9||0||7||3||14||81||94.3|
|29||Columbus Blue Jackets||36||11||1||2||2||20||80||85.1|
Yeah, about that... Well, records in regulation are pretty damn important in our formula, and the Isles are now only four games over .500 in that department. While it's true that there are a few teams above them with worse regulation records, most of those teams are in tougher divisions, so any points they get against their rivals helps to elevate them. It also doesn't help that the Isles have yet to play the Capitals, who are far and away the class of the division at the moment. Points against them would help level the playing field.
So the Isles' fifth place showing last week was likely a bit of a mirage, as they had just won a bunch of games, but required overtimes/shootouts to do so. The Isles are still well above average, so I wouldn't worry too much going into the break. Your parents aren't going to bring the ColecoVision back anyway. They lost the receipt.