So in the final power rankings before the trade deadline, the Isles held rather steady, having beaten two teams they should have, yet getting walloped by a stronger division rival. With their inaction at the trade deadline, many might think that they deserve to be knocked down a few spots, but games are all that matters, so here we are.
And it's good that we know where we are, since it's hard to find any of our usual opinion pollsters at the moment. Sportsnet hasn't updated their rankings this week, and TSN has been dormant for nearly three weeks. We'll skip the usual table this time. THN dropped the Isles from 8th to 13th, and said:
Here's a red flag. The Islanders gave up seven goals twice in an 11-day span.
And ESPN rates the Isles 15th, with this quote:
The Islanders were waxed 7-0 in Columbus on Saturday but are only one point behind Toronto and still very much in the wild-card chase. I'm curious to see how GM Garth Snow operates before Wednesday's deadline. His team has responded under new coach Doug Weight. Do you really want to tinker too much with that chemistry?
Maybe LeBrun was chowing down at the same restaurant Garth Snow was in all Deadline Day.
LHH Power Rankings
For all games prior to Josh Ho-Sang:
|3||Columbus Blue Jackets||61||29||16||16||74||118.3|
|5||New York Rangers||63||33||21||9||75||114.3|
|6||San Jose Sharks||62||30||18||14||74||110.8|
|11||New York Islanders||61||25||22||14||64||104.1|
|15||Toronto Maple Leafs||62||22||21||19||63||101.5|
|16||St. Louis Blues||62||24||26||12||60||101.2|
|17||Tampa Bay Lightning||62||23||25||14||60||99.4|
|22||Los Angeles Kings||63||19||27||17||55||92.4|
|23||New Jersey Devils||62||17||25||20||54||91.9|
|25||Detroit Red Wings||60||14||26||20||48||90.3|
Still solidly in playoff position, if strength of schedule was a thing. Unfortunately for us, it's loser points, alas. The Isles would be in 8th, one point up (with a game in hand) on the 9th place Maple Leafs, if games just ended in ties.
What's Your Preferred Overtime Incentive?
Short article this week. Next week, time permitted, I'm going to propose a new overtime format, with the intention of reducing the number of shootouts. I've already discussed parts of my ideal format in prior comments, but I want to hear from you guys.
Here are the parameters:
1) The NHL is still assumed to be a spoiled brat who gets to have its way, for the most part. In other words, there must still be a winner, and loser points are still allowed.
2) Also keeping with the NHL's wishes... A maximum of two points for a win, zero for a regulation loss, and at least one point if the team gets past regulation.
3) The number of games going to a shootout must be seriously reduced, but not eliminated (in other words, you can't make players continue to play hockey until someone scores, leading to multi-overtime regular season games).
Let's hear your suggestions below.