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NHL Power Rankings: Opinion Polls on Strike Edition

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Nobody has an opinion anymore, but we still have our numbers.

"Duck, duck, duck..."
"Duck, duck, duck..."
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Well this is odd. I put this post together a day late because I had jury duty, so you'd think all the opinion polls would have been updated by now. Actually, only two have. CBS (who ranked the Isles 7th after the loss to the Rangers) and ESPN (who has them 4th prior to the Rangers game) were the only ones who bothered to put anything together.

Maybe they're going on strike as a protest to the fancy stats movement. Or maybe they have jury duty, too.

OK, so we'll skip right to our power rankings this time. Here they are, for all games through 2/17/15 (so it includes last night's win over Carolina).

GP Reg W OT W SO OT L Reg L LHH Pts LHH Pct LHH Rating
1 Nashville Predators 57 28 6 9 2 12 223 0.652 121
2 New York Rangers 55 28 4 6 1 16 204 0.618 118
3 Montreal Canadiens 56 27 4 7 3 15 205 0.610 117
4 Tampa Bay Lightning 59 31 2 6 2 18 216 0.610 114
5 Chicago Blackhawks 57 25 3 9 2 18 193 0.564 114
6 New York Islanders 58 26 5 8 0 19 200 0.575 111
7 St. Louis Blues 57 26 4 9 2 16 203 0.594 111
8 Washington Capitals 58 25 4 6 6 17 196 0.563 111
9 Pittsburgh Penguins 57 24 5 8 4 16 196 0.573 111
10 Anaheim Ducks 57 23 5 12 2 15 198 0.579 110
11 Detroit Red Wings 55 25 4 10 2 14 200 0.606 109
12 Vancouver Canucks 56 25 5 3 2 21 183 0.545 107
13 San Jose Sharks 59 25 2 7 3 22 185 0.523 104
14 Los Angeles Kings 56 24 1 8 5 18 182 0.542 103
15 Dallas Stars 57 24 1 4 6 22 172 0.503 102
16 Calgary Flames 57 21 8 4 2 22 174 0.509 100
17 Minnesota Wild 56 24 2 4 5 21 174 0.518 99
18 Boston Bruins 56 20 6 7 3 20 171 0.509 99
19 Winnipeg Jets 59 20 4 10 6 19 178 0.503 97
20 Florida Panthers 56 19 1 13 4 19 165 0.491 94
21 Toronto Maple Leafs 58 19 1 6 2 30 140 0.402 92
22 Columbus Blue Jackets 55 18 3 5 2 27 139 0.421 92
23 Philadelphia Flyers 57 17 5 8 4 23 154 0.450 92
24 Colorado Avalanche 57 15 2 11 7 22 145 0.424 91
25 New Jersey Devils 57 17 1 10 3 26 142 0.415 87
26 Ottawa Senators 55 16 3 8 5 23 142 0.430 87
27 Carolina Hurricanes 56 15 1 9 2 29 125 0.372 83
28 Arizona Coyotes 58 13 3 9 2 31 121 0.348 77
29 Edmonton Oilers 58 11 1 8 6 32 106 0.305 75
30 Buffalo Sabres 57 9 1 8 2 37 86 0.251 69

The Isles rise slightly to a tie for sixth overall, following a span of a little over a week in which they went 4-1, with the only loss to... eh I forget. Anyways, the Preds remain on top. The Capitals and Penguins are two of three other teams with the same index score as the Islanders.

It's a bit surprising that the Blues aren't at least a little higher (has their schedule been a bit soft lately, Dom?), and the Kings are 14th, and yet they're outside the playoff bubble. While we're at it, both Boston (tied for 17th) and Florida (20th) are outside the top 16, and yet they're fighting for a playoff spot. At the other end, the Sabres' index number shows why their arena made it onto Dan's list.

That's all for now. The Isles could get a real boost with a win over the top team. To bad they never get to play each other. Oh wait...