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.|
|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.
|2||New York Rangers||10||7||3||0||14||140.1|
|7||St. Louis Blues||10||5||3||2||12||116.2|
|8||Detroit Red Wings||10||5||4||1||11||116.1|
|11||Tampa Bay Lightning||10||5||4||1||11||114.7|
|13||New Jersey Devils||8||3||2||3||9||105.6|
|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|
|21||New York Islanders||10||3||6||1||7||85.6|
|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.