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LHH Power Rankings: Death Spiral Edition

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Things go from bad to worse.

Deadly!
Deadly!
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Sorry for taking last week off. On Election Day, as the country went, do did my spine (hard to the right). Now's as good a time as any to also mention that Chorus Beta - the new way we're supposed to post articles now - doesn't come up on my screen at work. When the legacy system is phased out, these articles might become a bit more sporadic as I will have to do them at home, amidst honeydo lists, cats, and babies.

And that's just the good news! The Isles stink right now, and everyone knows it.

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

In which Jacks are wild.

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
SportsNet 11/17/2016 28 23 "We have to find a way, and it falls on me." —Jack Capuano
ESPN 11/16/2016 25 26 The slumping Isles have one win in six games this month, and things won't get any easier with Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh on tap -- followed next week by a three-game trek to California.
TSN 11/15/2016 26 25 The Isles have one win in the past seven games, and it was a home game against Vancouver, so it barely counts. They don’t have a great linemates for John Tavares and the supporting cast is coming up empty all too often.
THN 11/16/2016 27 --- In the "Vying for the Participation Badge" section (bottom third of the league).

"The Islanders were booed off the ice in their 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay Monday night. It was Jack Capuano’s sixth anniversary of being named coach of the Islanders and if this keeps up, he won’t see a seventh."
UPI --- --- --- Gone fishin'.
Average 26.5 24.7 It's troubling when LeBrun has the most diplomatic view of your team.

It looks like UPI might've been a flash in the pan, as they haven't updated their hockey coverage at all in a long time (one article since their last power rankings). We'll give them one more week, then move on. By the way, "participation badges," THN? Ouch.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 11/16/16

LHH LHH
GP W L T Pts Rating
1 New York Rangers 17 13 4 0 26 137.3
2 Montreal Canadiens 17 13 2 2 28 130.2
3 Columbus Blue Jackets 14 5 4 5 15 124.2
4 Boston Bruins 16 9 6 1 19 122.8
5 Tampa Bay Lightning 17 9 6 2 20 116.3
6 Washington Capitals 16 8 4 4 20 113.4
7 Pittsburgh Penguins 15 8 4 3 19 113.0
8 San Jose Sharks 16 8 7 1 17 112.6
9 Minnesota Wild 15 7 6 2 16 112.6
10 Chicago Blackhawks 17 7 4 6 20 106.0
11 New Jersey Devils 15 5 3 7 17 105.7
12 Anaheim Ducks 16 8 5 3 19 102.0
13 Dallas Stars 17 6 6 5 17 101.1
14 Edmonton Oilers 17 8 7 2 18 100.6
15 St. Louis Blues 17 7 6 4 18 99.8
16 Nashville Predators 15 6 6 3 15 99.5
17 Buffalo Sabres 16 5 7 4 14 99.2
18 Carolina Hurricanes 15 4 6 5 13 97.8
19 Toronto Maple Leafs 16 6 6 4 16 97.6
20 Florida Panthers 16 4 7 5 13 94.9
21 Detroit Red Wings 17 6 8 3 15 94.2
22 Winnipeg Jets 18 6 7 5 17 94.0
23 Colorado Avalanche 15 5 8 2 12 85.0
24 Ottawa Senators 16 5 5 6 16 84.3
25 Calgary Flames 18 4 10 4 12 83.2
26 Philadelphia Flyers 17 4 7 6 14 80.6
27 New York Islanders 16 4 8 4 12 75.6
28 Los Angeles Kings 17 2 9 6 10 73.7
29 Arizona Coyotes 15 3 9 3 9 72.3
30 Vancouver Canucks 17 2 10 5 9 70.7

Made all the more sucky by who's in first. The Isles are where they deserve. I keep my opinions on the team mostly to the comments section, so I better stop now (that, and staying in my seat too long makes the back stiffen up).

One quick note: I've fully switched to weighing road game results based on the running totals of points earned. Home teams have earned about 38% more points at home so far this season, so road results get weighted accordingly. I'll keep you up to date on how that number changes throughout the year.

Stay strong, my friends. We'll get through this.