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LHH Power Rankings: Isles' Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas!

Fans and media are mad...

On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, another blah free agent frenzy.
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, another blah free agent frenzy.
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This is likely the last power rankings article for the year. Thanks for reading my rather dry material all year. I hope Santa / Chanukah Harry / Festivus Frank / whomever you believe in gets you what you want this weekend!

Weekly Round-Up of Opinion Scrooges Polls

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
SportsNet 12/22/2016 27 26 (Focus this week is on what to get every team for Christmas): "A gift certificate for Mike Craig’s services. So the NHL’s ice whisperer can get Barclays’ surface as smooth as the face of Maple Leaf."
ESPN 12/19/2016 27 27 The Islanders need to find an identity, and soon. If not, personnel changes will -- and should -- be made.
TSN 12/19/2016 28 25 Winless in five, the Islanders are reeling again and when they start sinking, the questions start to pop up about John Tavares’ future, and what the Islanders are doing to make the supporting cast better.
THN 12/21/2016 22 24 Prior to Thomas Greiss stopping 48 shots in a 4-2 victory over Boston Tuesday night, the Islanders were 1-4-5 and were outscored 24-12 in those games
Average 26 25.5 Naughty List.

This is the part of the story where the Ghost of Christmas Future scares us, right before everything turns around, right?!

LHH Power Rankings

For games through 12/22/16

LHH LHH
GP W L T Pts Rating
1 Columbus Blue Jackets 31 16 5 10 42 127.5
2 New York Rangers 35 20 11 4 44 119.0
3 Minnesota Wild 32 17 8 7 41 118.8
4 Montreal Canadiens 33 19 8 6 44 116.5
5 Pittsburgh Penguins 33 16 8 9 41 116.4
6 San Jose Sharks 33 16 12 5 37 114.8
7 Anaheim Ducks 34 16 11 7 39 112.6
8 Chicago Blackhawks 35 15 9 11 41 109.4
9 Washington Capitals 31 14 8 9 37 107.7
10 Ottawa Senators 34 14 11 9 37 105.7
11 Edmonton Oilers 35 14 12 9 37 102.4
12 St. Louis Blues 35 13 12 10 36 101.9
13 Boston Bruins 35 14 14 7 35 101.8
14 Tampa Bay Lightning 34 15 14 5 35 101.7
15 Carolina Hurricanes 32 11 11 10 32 101.4
16 Nashville Predators 33 14 13 6 34 97.7
17 Calgary Flames 35 12 16 7 31 97.7
18 Los Angeles Kings 33 10 13 10 30 97.7
19 Buffalo Sabres 32 9 12 11 29 96.8
20 Toronto Maple Leafs 32 11 12 9 31 95.7
21 Philadelphia Flyers 36 12 12 12 36 94.9
22 Dallas Stars 34 12 14 8 32 93.6
23 New York Islanders 32 9 14 9 27 91.6
24 New Jersey Devils 33 7 13 13 27 88.1
25 Detroit Red Wings 33 8 15 10 26 85.2
26 Florida Panthers 34 7 14 13 27 85.0
27 Winnipeg Jets 36 11 17 8 30 82.6
28 Vancouver Canucks 34 7 17 10 24 78.9
29 Colorado Avalanche 32 8 20 4 20 78.7
30 Arizona Coyotes 33 6 17 10 22 78.4

The Isles hang pretty close to what they've been over the past few weeks, as other teams rise and fall around them. They are now five full games under actual .500 (assuming any tie game after 60 minutes is half credit because 3-on-3 overtimes and shootouts are as gimmicky as that combination cigarette lighter and lip balm you just got).

But try to have a happy holidays. Maybe we'll see some New Years resolutions shortly.