The opinion polls are dropping like flies. It seems that only two of them care to put out rankings weekly. TSN has been going biweekly lately and USA today has been kinda random. Perhaps we'll have to tweak this section of the article soon.
But for now, we soldier on....
Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls
|Site||Updated||New Ranking||Prior Ranking||Comments|
|CBS||3/3/2015||6||6||Garth Snow only made minor moves, but they were effective ones. Tyler Kennedy is a solid fourth-liner with Stanley Cup experience. Michal Neuvirth is a better No. 2 than Chad Johnson was. Those are deals that help now and going into the postseason.|
|ESPN||3/2/2015||6||4||The Islanders' up-and-down stretch has allowed the Rangers to close the gap on first place in the Metropolitan Division.|
|TSN||6||None this week.|
|Fox||2/26/2015||4||5||The Islanders have won 40 games this season for the first time since 2006-07. With three more wins, they'll reach their highest win total since 1983-84 (50), which is the last time they won the Cup.|
|USA Today||6||None this week.|
|Average||5||5||Isles hold steady; opinion polls declining.|
Nothing really shocking in the comments, for whatever comments there are.
LHH Power Rankings
For all games through 3/2/15 (so not counting last night's game against the Stars)
|GP||Reg W||OT W||SO||OT L||Reg L||LHH Pts||LHH Pct||LHH Rating|
|1||New York Rangers||62||32||4||8||1||17||234||0.629||118|
|3||Tampa Bay Lightning||64||34||2||6||2||20||234||0.609||115|
|6||New York Islanders||64||29||5||9||0||21||221||0.576||112|
|7||Detroit Red Wings||61||27||5||12||2||15||222||0.607||112|
|9||St. Louis Blues||63||28||4||11||2||18||221||0.585||110|
|13||San Jose Sharks||64||27||2||7||3||25||197||0.513||104|
|15||Los Angeles Kings||62||27||1||8||5||21||200||0.538||102|
|24||Toronto Maple Leafs||63||20||2||6||2||33||150||0.397||90|
|25||Columbus Blue Jackets||62||19||3||6||2||32||148||0.398||90|
|26||New Jersey Devils||63||21||1||10||4||27||168||0.444||89|
The Isles sink a spot, as their wins against the Coyotes (no offense to their fans, but not a quality opponent) and Flames (better, but still not in the upper-half of our table) can only do so much for the Isles, while a stinker against the Canes certainly doesn’t help. Their LHH win percentage is pretty low (only one other team in the top ten has a lower win percentage), which means the quality of their wins has been pretty high, on average.
The Preds drop from their lofty perch (replaced by some team I’ve never heard of), because they are allergic to New York, I guess. (Hopefully they remain allergic to visitors from New York this week.)
The Sharks and Kings are on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but in our table, they both appear to be playoff-worthy (13th and 15th, respectively). The Jets and Flames, who are in the playoffs at the moment, are both viewed as below-average in our table (under 100 power ranking indexes for both, with the Jets rated 17th and the Flames 19th). Our table agrees with how the Eastern Conference race is going, however. The Bruins hold the 2nd wild card spot and are rated 16th by LHH standards, while the nearest competitor, the Panthers, are shown in 21st.
Three out of the top six teams are from the Metro division, and four out of the top eleven. The Eastern Conference in general would appear to be the better conference, which I know most people would find puzzling. Maybe the Western teams are beating each other up too much. Whichever team gets out of the East might have a worn down Western team to contend with in the Finals.
The Isles' Magic Number
Before last night's game, the Isles' magic number for making the playoffs was 25 (Ottawa could get to 107 points if they run the table, which would give them more than the Panthers' maximum of 106. The Isles would need 25 more points to get to 108).