(ed. note: Mike finished this before the Islanders win in Washington on Thursday night)
As Wednesday night's lead shrunk from three goals to one, I tweeted that the Isles might end up 32nd in this week's power rankings, behind Vegas and whoever the final expansion team would be. When the Pens tied the game, I threw in the Charlestown Chiefs and the film version of the Mighty Ducks for good measure.
I was joking, but having updated the rankings already, I knew the Isles sat dead last. When Anders Lee scored, the Isles not only got arguably their first quality win of the year, but did so in regulation, earning them just enough to squeak by Vancouver. More on this in a minute, although I don't know why you'd want to read about our favorite team being 29th out of 30.
Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls
|Site||Updated||New Ranking||Prior Ranking||Comments|
|ESPN||11/28/2016||30||29||With two wins in 11 November games, you have to wonder how much longer new ownership will be patient.|
|TSN||11/29/2016||30||30||The Isles are grinding out points, here and there, but have one regulation win in November. Tough to gain ground that way.|
|THN||11/30/2016||26||25||John Tavares’ goal in a 2-1 overtime win over Calgary Monday night was his first in nine games|
|Average||28.7||28||"It's hard to hold a candle / In the cold November rain."|
Sportsnet took off much of November, just like the Isles. Anyway, nothing too scathing here, so let's move on.
LHH Power Rankings
For games through 11/30/16
|1||Columbus Blue Jackets||21||9||5||7||25||128.6|
|2||New York Rangers||24||16||7||1||33||126.4|
|5||San Jose Sharks||24||12||9||3||27||110.6|
|8||St. Louis Blues||23||10||7||6||26||107.9|
|13||Tampa Bay Lightning||24||12||10||2||26||105.2|
|17||Toronto Maple Leafs||23||9||9||5||23||98.7|
|21||Detroit Red Wings||23||7||10||6||20||93.8|
|23||New Jersey Devils||22||5||7||10||20||91.3|
|24||Los Angeles Kings||23||6||10||7||19||87.1|
|29||New York Islanders||22||5||10||7||17||79.1|
You might wonder why the Blue Jackets are at the top, but their strength of schedule has been a bit tougher and they've played two or three less games than the teams immediately beneath them. So there they are, with a coach that learned how to adapt to today's game, and to the players he has on hand. Not that I'm hinting at anything. No-sir-ee. Anyhow, I was surprised that the win over the Pens had enough of an effect to raise the Isles up a notch, but I'll take whatever tiny victories I can find at this point.
Short post this week. Even the win over Pittsburgh kinda feels like a loss. I need something better to do with my time.