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12/15/16 LHH Power Rankings: Against all odds, the Islanders rise to 22nd

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The numbers can be funny sometimes. In our case, we're not laughing.

Because who doesn't love a JT shot?
Because who doesn't love a JT shot?
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Despite going 1-2 this past week, the Isles still manage to rise a bit in our power rankings, mostly on the back of a higher strength of schedule. But first, let's check in on our favorite hot takists:

Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
SportsNet 12/14/2016 26 27 John Tavares and the Islanders are rebounding from slow starts to the season. The captain had a five-game point streak going until Tuesday’s loss to the Capitals.
ESPN 12/13/2016 27 30 Captain John Tavares has three goals and two assists for five points to extend his point streak to five games. The Islanders are 5-1-1 in their past seven games and will face the Capitals and Blackhawks next.
TSN 12/12/2016 25 28 5-1-1 in the past seven games, the Islanders are digging out of a hole, but they’re in a tough spot trying to climb in the Metropolitation Division, the league’s best.
THN 12/14/2016 24 21 Islanders coach Jack Capuano threatened to make lineup changes after a 4-2 loss to Washington Tuesday, which came on the heels of a 6-2 loss to Columbus on the weekend. "I’m losing my patience a little bit with some of these guys, and you have to hold guys accountable. We’ve got some decisions that we need to make."
Average 25.5 26.5 Wait… Who's losing patience here?!

Oh, so... no hot takes? Anyone? Huh, it's amazing what a playoff series win can do. Oh, well. On to our own number crunching.

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 12/14/16

LHH LHH
GP W L T Pts Rating
1 Columbus Blue Jackets 27 14 5 8 36 128.6
2 New York Rangers 31 19 10 2 40 120.8
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 29 15 7 7 37 117.3
4 Montreal Canadiens 29 17 6 6 40 115.5
5 Minnesota Wild 28 13 8 7 33 112.1
6 San Jose Sharks 30 14 11 5 33 111.9
7 Anaheim Ducks 29 14 9 6 34 111.3
8 Washington Capitals 28 14 7 7 35 109.5
9 Chicago Blackhawks 31 12 8 11 35 106.7
10 Boston Bruins 31 12 12 7 31 105.4
11 St. Louis Blues 30 12 10 8 32 104.3
12 Tampa Bay Lightning 30 13 13 4 30 102.8
13 Edmonton Oilers 32 13 12 7 33 101.6
14 Calgary Flames 32 11 14 7 29 100.0
15 Carolina Hurricanes 29 10 11 8 28 99.2
16 Nashville Predators 28 13 11 4 30 98.9
17 Ottawa Senators 30 11 11 8 30 98.6
18 Buffalo Sabres 28 9 11 8 26 98.0
19 Philadelphia Flyers 32 12 10 10 34 97.4
20 Toronto Maple Leafs 28 10 11 7 27 96.6
21 Dallas Stars 31 11 13 7 29 94.5
22 New York Islanders 28 8 12 8 24 91.8
23 Los Angeles Kings 28 8 12 8 24 89.4
24 New Jersey Devils 28 6 10 12 24 88.6
25 Detroit Red Wings 30 7 13 10 24 86.2
26 Florida Panthers 30 6 13 11 23 86.2
27 Colorado Avalanche 28 8 16 4 20 84.6
28 Winnipeg Jets 32 9 16 7 25 83.5
29 Arizona Coyotes 29 6 14 9 21 83.2
30 Vancouver Canucks 30 5 16 9 19 75.4

It isn't so much that the Isles moved up, but rather that other teams moved down. The Isles' ranking index stayed pretty steady (rising from a paltry 90.8 to a slightly less paltry 91.8) while the Kings, Devils and Red Wings drop under 90. Also, being in the lower third of the league, winning one out of three games against difficult opponents is pretty par for the course.

OK look things are pretty bleak around here. You try to find a positive slant!

Bettman Bonus Point Rant of the Week

Even with the current lack of good play, the Isles are still being improportionately hurt by Gary's accounting practices. Right now, they are chasing the East's ninth-place Capitals by four full wins with no games in hand. If ties after 60 minutes were recorded as exactly that, the Isles would be chasing Tampa Bay. The Isles would be only three full wins behind the Lightning, with two games in hand.

But, you know... Parity or something!

Final Note About These Articles Going Forwards

The SB Nation Mothership has decided to begin phasing out the old way of producing these articles, and the new way causes glitches here at work (I do these articles during lunch breaks, and currently starting a new Chorus article leads to a blank, unchanging screen with zero functionality). These articles might get shifted to the weekend, or perhaps biweekly. I'm going to continue to keep track of everything and will post whenever family permits.