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NHL Power Rankings: Sleepy Pollsters Edition

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The Isles have been doing better as of late. Too bad not everyone's around to notice.

Pardon me... I'm just looking for the opinions.
Pardon me... I'm just looking for the opinions.
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The Islanders have strung together a points streak, and make a jump in our power rankings this week even before last night's shootout win over the "other" team.

Some of the publications who put forth opinion polls, however, apparently took the week off to see the relatives, write out holiday cards, string up lights, and bludgeon grandmas to death over the last Tickle Me Elmo on the shelf.

So we carry on with no replacement level players...

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
CBS 12/1/2015 10 16 The Islanders never seem to get too high or low. They're hitting another high point with wins in three of their past four games.
ESPN 11/30/2015 16 16 Thomas Greiss has fit in nicely as an offseason pickup, at 6-3-2 with a .927 save percentage.
TSN 12/1/2015 10 17 3-0-1- in the past four games, the Islanders have recalled RW Ryan Strome, who spent three weeks in the AHL, but now has four points (2 G, 2 A) in three games since getting recalled.
Fox --- --- 18 Still in a food coma
USA Today --- --- 14 Forgot that hockey exists
Average 12 16.2 The Isles are working harder than opinion pollsters.

ESPN says something nice about the Isles, but leaves them in the same place, because ESPN.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 12/1/15.

(6) (4) (3) (2) (0)
Reg OT OT Reg LHH LHH
GP W W SO L L Pts Rating
1 Montreal Canadiens 26 17 1 2 2 4 116 140
2 Dallas Stars 25 15 3 2 0 5 108 130
3 New York Rangers 25 15 1 2 1 6 102 120
4 Boston Bruins 22 11 1 1 1 8 75 115
5 Washington Capitals 23 14 2 1 1 5 97 111
6 New York Islanders 25 12 1 2 2 8 86 107
7 San Jose Sharks 24 11 2 1 0 10 77 107
8 Pittsburgh Penguins 24 10 3 2 1 8 80 107
9 Los Angeles Kings 24 10 4 2 0 8 82 106
10 Arizona Coyotes 24 11 2 0 1 10 76 105
11 Minnesota Wild 23 11 1 0 4 7 78 105
12 St. Louis Blues 25 12 2 1 3 7 89 102
13 Ottawa Senators 24 8 1 6 2 7 74 102
14 Nashville Predators 24 11 0 3 3 7 81 101
15 New Jersey Devils 24 6 4 4 0 10 64 101
16 Winnipeg Jets 25 11 0 1 1 12 71 100
17 Chicago Blackhawks 25 8 5 0 3 9 74 96
18 Florida Panthers 24 8 1 3 3 9 67 96
19 Vancouver Canucks 26 8 0 2 7 9 68 96
20 Colorado Avalanche 25 10 0 0 1 14 62 95
21 Detroit Red Wings 25 7 5 1 4 8 73 95
22 Tampa Bay Lightning 25 8 2 3 1 11 67 92
23 Toronto Maple Leafs 24 6 0 6 1 11 56 92
24 Columbus Blue Jackets 26 9 1 0 0 16 58 91
25 Philadelphia Flyers 25 5 4 2 4 10 60 90
26 Buffalo Sabres 25 8 1 3 1 12 63 88
27 Anaheim Ducks 25 8 0 2 4 11 62 82
28 Carolina Hurricanes 24 5 3 1 3 12 51 78
29 Calgary Flames 25 3 5 2 1 14 46 76
30 Edmonton Oilers 25 5 2 1 2 15 45 74

Four of the top eight teams are from the Metro. That being said, three of the bottom seven are, as well. Jeckyl, meet Hyde.

Starting next week, I think I'll display the power rankings to the first decimal point, so that there's fewer ties. Because what you're clearly looking for in this sea of numbers is... more numbers.