A much shorter article this week, as we focus on just the numbers. Thanks to all who put their two cents in regarding overtimes and shootouts.
The article will be even shorter than usual, as only two of our four tracked opinion polls have updated this week. Over on TSN, the Isles were ranked 18th, with the following comment:
One regulation win in the past six isn’t helping the Isles’ playoff push, and goaltender Thomas Greiss hasn’t been able to handle the weight of the starting role for a playoff contender. Incidentally, Jaroslav Halak has a .926 save percentage in 24 AHL games.
I'm not gonna talk about the goaltending.
I've always wanted to say that.
Meanwhile, THN ranks the Isles 17th and praises the Isles in picking and handling our 66:
Say what you will about Garth Snow, but they way the Islanders drafted and developed Josh Ho-Sang is a huge feather in the Islander GM’s cap.
Ever notice how any positive comments about Garth Snow start with "Say what you will about Garth Snow...."?
LHH Power Rankings
For games through the Ides of March, 2017 (so not counting what I hope will be the Isles' Brutus to the Jets' Ceasar):
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||68||34||18||16||84||118.6|
|5||New York Rangers||70||36||24||10||82||113.7|
|6||San Jose Sharks||69||35||20||14||84||112.1|
|13||St. Louis Blues||69||29||28||12||70||103.4|
|15||New York Islanders||69||27||25||17||71||102.8|
|16||Tampa Bay Lightning||69||26||26||17||69||102.4|
|17||Toronto Maple Leafs||68||24||23||21||69||100.1|
|21||Los Angeles Kings||69||20||29||20||60||92|
|26||Detroit Red Wings||67||15||31||21||51||87.6|
|27||New Jersey Devils||68||17||31||20||54||86.8|
The Isles take a big drop because they don't know how to handle the Hurricanes. Doesn't help that the teams just above them were able to do some leap frogging with a few wins of their own. It's pretty tight from 10th to 17th right now. The Wild are closing in on the slumping Caps. If the Isles somehow made the finals, I'd love them to play the Wild, just to watch the absurd comparisons between Clutterbuck and Nino.
If all tied games ended in regulation, the Isles would be two points up on 9th place Tampa, so Bettman's loser point is still hurting the Isles more than helping them.
Speaking of which... My word, look at Colorado's record, made even worse in this case since their combined OT/SO record is 6-3.