My son knocks down milk so quickly we hardly have a chance to burp him. He simply won't let go. I told him he's sucking more than the Isles recently. OK I promise for the rest of this article, I won't talk about my son anymore. Or the Isles.
Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls
|Site||Updated||New Ranking||Prior Ranking||Comments|
|CBS||4/7/2015||9||10||The Isles did not look great in March and have just three wins in their last 11 games. They still have a shot at home ice in the first round, though. A strong finish with three games left could go a long way for this team in a lot of ways.|
|ESPN||4/6/2015||14||13||The final regular-season days at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum are at hand. The Isles would like to stay ahead of the Caps and Pens for home ice but have just three wins in their past 11 games and aren't inspiring much faith in a long playoff run.|
|TSN||---||---||8||None this week|
|Fox||4/9/2015||11||10||You won't see many worse goals than the one Jaroslav Halak allowed with 2.1 seconds left on Tuesday to permit Philadelphia to escape with a win. You also won't see many confident looks on Islanders fans' faces, given Halak's recent struggles.|
|USA Today||4/6/2015||9||8||John Tavares is in MVP equation with 80 points this season.|
|RDS||4/7/2015||10||11||1-0-1 for the Islanders. Victory against the Sabres, but they still weren't capable of preserving their lead against the Blue Jackets, falling in the shootout. John Tavares has collected six points in his last four games.|
|Average||11||10||Didn't this happen in Major League 2?|
USA Today finds the silver linings, if that's your thing. The others go more with the obvious and more obvious.
LHH Power Rankings
For all games through 4/8/15
|GP||Reg W||OT W||SO||OT L||Reg L||LHH Pts||LHH Pct||LHH Rating|
|1||New York Rangers||80||42||6||9||2||21||307||0.640||119|
|2||Tampa Bay Lightning||80||43||3||7||3||24||297||0.619||116|
|5||St. Louis Blues||80||35||5||13||3||24||275||0.573||110|
|11||New York Islanders||80||33||6||12||1||28||260||0.542||107|
|12||Los Angeles Kings||80||36||1||10||7||26||264||0.550||105|
|14||Detroit Red Wings||80||31||7||14||3||25||262||0.546||105|
|17||San Jose Sharks||80||33||2||10||3||32||242||0.504||102|
|21||Columbus Blue Jackets||80||27||5||10||3||35||218||0.454||98|
|25||New Jersey Devils||80||26||1||12||6||35||208||0.433||87|
|26||Toronto Maple Leafs||81||22||3||9||3||44||177||0.364||85|
The top three are all Eastern Conference teams, but the West has six of the top ten spots. This might be a result of Western teams beating each other up. Or it could be that the East is more competitive this year. I know, right???
The Kings can make a good argument that their more difficult strength of schedule is robbing them of a chance to defend their title in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Boston and Ottawa are in the lower half of the table, and yet one of them will be going to the playoffs.
Next article will be the last of the year, and will run whenever all publications have filed their final opinion poll (might be sooner than the usual LHHPR publication date since the season ends this weekend).