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11/2/16 LHH Power Rankings: Welcome, Oh New Opinion Overlords!

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Since places like Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports have given up figuring out how to rank teams, we turn to some newcomers for their own non-binding opinions.

The Isles' future ranking position, if nothing changes, is hidden in the picture above. Spot it?
The Isles' future ranking position, if nothing changes, is hidden in the picture above. Spot it?
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As promised, I looked around the ol' interwebs to find a few more sites that do power rankings, since our list had shrunk to three. I'd say it's so we don't run out of people to be mad at, but we might find ourselves agreeing with them fairly often nowadays.

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

Please welcome SportsNet (who used to do rankings then stopped for a while) and UPI (which stands for UPI, apparently) to the opinion arena!

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
SportsNet 11/2/2016 17 11 Carrying three capable goaltenders, the new-look Islanders have made it known they are shopping No. 1 netminder Jaroslav Halak. Also: Some fans chanted "Fire Cappy!" during Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Bolts.
ESPN 10/31/2016 25 23 The Islanders came up with a nice win at home Sunday, but problems still persist. Newcomer Andrew Ladd has just one assist after signing a seven-year deal in the offseason, and now there is controversy over New York's three-goalie conundrum. Is Jaroslav Halak on his way out?
TSN 11/1/2016 18 12 The latest on the Islanders is that G Jaroslav Halak may not be entirely thrilled with the team’s three-goaltender approach. He would be an intriguing trade option for quite a few teams.
THN --- --- 8 Bye Week.
UPI 11/1/2016 24 14 The Islanders have not had an easy schedule to start the season, but show signs of coming out of an early funk. That said, their 12 percent power play must be improved immediately to really get the ball rolling, especially for John Tavares.

Newcomer of note: Andrew Ladd, signed as a free agent to a seven-year, $38.5 million contract, has only one assist in nine games. By comparison, rookie Anthony Beauvillier has one goal and five points.
Average 21 13.6 Everybody wants Jaro Halak. Except everyone.

These guys might be onto something, because their aggragate position for the Isles is in perfect agreement with our own number crunching.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 11/1/16.

LHH LHH
GP W L T Pts Rating
1 Montreal Canadiens 9 8 0 1 17 163.0
2 New York Rangers 10 7 3 0 14 140.1
3 Edmonton Oilers 10 7 2 1 15 122.4
4 Buffalo Sabres 9 4 3 2 10 121.5
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 9 5 2 2 12 117.6
6 Boston Bruins 9 5 4 0 10 116.4
7 St. Louis Blues 10 5 3 2 12 116.2
8 Detroit Red Wings 10 5 4 1 11 116.1
9 Washington Capitals 9 6 2 1 13 115.7
10 Minnesota Wild 10 6 3 1 13 115.4
11 Tampa Bay Lightning 10 5 4 1 11 114.7
12 Ottawa Senators 9 3 3 3 9 105.8
13 New Jersey Devils 8 3 2 3 9 105.6
14 Florida Panthers 10 3 5 2 8 102.0
15 Columbus Blue Jackets 8 3 3 2 8 101.8
16 Toronto Maple Leafs 10 2 4 4 8 96.0
17 San Jose Sharks 10 5 4 1 11 94.4
18 Colorado Avalanche 8 3 4 1 7 93.4
19 Nashville Predators 9 3 5 1 7 92.2
20 Calgary Flames 11 2 6 3 7 89.7
21 New York Islanders 10 3 6 1 7 85.6
22 Anaheim Ducks 10 4 4 2 10 84.2
23 Carolina Hurricanes 9 2 4 3 7 84.0
24 Chicago Blackhawks 10 4 3 3 11 82.9
25 Dallas Stars 9 3 4 2 8 76.4
26 Philadelphia Flyers 10 3 5 2 8 73.7
27 Arizona Coyotes 9 2 6 1 5 73.0
28 Winnipeg Jets 10 2 6 2 6 72.3
29 Vancouver Canucks 9 1 4 4 6 71.5
30 Los Angeles Kings 10 0 6 4 4 56.4

Same spot as last week for the Isles. Thankfully, a 6-1 drubbing can only do so much damage in our system. It's really, really weird to see LA all the way at the bottom. I don't care who their current goalie is. Meanwhile, Edmonton and Buffalo are each about 75 spots higher than last year. Yes, I'm aware it's a 30 team league. Why do you ask?

Let me know if there's any objections to the new publications we're using. I know SportsNet, but I never heard of UPI before.