With the All Star break, this article was on hiatus last week. Since the prior article, the Isles had risen in our rankings as high as 10th after the recent quality wins vs. the Caps, Flyers, and Leafs. Since then, they came back down a bit after drubbings to those same Leafs and Sens. But first...
Weekly Roundup of Opinion Polls
|Site||Updated||New Ranking||Prior Ranking||Comments|
|SportsNet||2/16/2017||18||14||[This week is their Things We Didn't See coming edition] "Free agent afterthought Dennis Seidenberg and free agent priority Andrew Ladd being neck-and-neck in scoring."|
|ESPN||2/13/2017||17||19||John Tavares heads to his hometown of Toronto for a game on Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs. He'll be bracing himself for the line of questioning about his future -- although he pretty much answered it all at the All-Star festivities in Los Angeles last month.|
|TSN||2/14/2017||16||17||A 9-2-2 record in the past 13 games has changed the perspective on this Islanders season. The emergence of LW Anders Lee, who has 16 points (7 G, 9 A) in those 13 games, has made a difference.|
|THN||2/15/2017||16||8||With a chance to take over a playoff spot, the Islanders did a face plant with a 7-1 loss against Toronto Tuesday night that coach Doug Weight called, "an ass kicking."|
|Average||16.8||14.5||These comments are what you'd call a steep gradient.|
Since these rankings were released both during both the Jekyll and the Hyde phases, we see quite the gamut in comments, but all seem to agree they are a playoff bubble team. Our own rankings put them a bit higher.
LHH Power Rankings
For all games through 2/15/17 (so not including Thursday's win over the Rangers):
|4||Columbus Blue Jackets||56||27||15||14||68||117.3|
|5||New York Rangers||56||32||18||6||70||117.2|
|6||San Jose Sharks||58||27||18||13||67||109|
|11||St. Louis Blues||57||23||22||12||58||105.2|
|12||Toronto Maple Leafs||56||21||19||16||58||102.4|
|13||New York Islanders||55||21||20||14||56||102.3|
|17||Tampa Bay Lightning||56||21||24||11||53||99.1|
|20||Los Angeles Kings||55||17||23||15||49||93.9|
|21||New Jersey Devils||56||16||22||18||50||93.6|
|26||Detroit Red Wings||56||13||25||18||44||88.5|
This Isles end up a bit better than in the opinion polls and official standings, given their higher strength of schedule. If all games tied after regulation were considered ties like in the good ol' days, then the Isles would be one point behind eighth (the Sens), but with one more game played, by the way. I've been tracking that as I had my month-long crusade against the current standings points awards system.
Speaking of those articles, they were kinda long, so this one is going to be kinda short as I shake the rust off.