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After a week of little change, there were several changes this past week. Tampa Bay remains on top, barely, but the rest of the top 10 saw big changes.

There was a mixed bag of results for the Isles on the professional rankers front.

Entry # 5 - Feb 17, 2019

Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
Site Updated New Ranking Prior Ranking Comments
Buffalo News 2/16/2019 6 6 Playoff site decision using both arenas is probably best compromise.
The Hockey Guy 2/16/2019 3 3 There isn't a player on this roster that is not playing well.
Brian Simmons 2/15/2019 3 4
ESPN 2/14/2019 6 5 What's so wrong about loving two goalies equally? Robin Lehner has gotten a bit more attention, but Thomas Greiss is only a slight step behind and has gone 4-0-1, saving 154 of 157 shots (.981 save percentage) in his past five games.
SportsNet 2/13/2019 4 4 Trade Deadline Prediction: Trader upgrader… we’re guessing. Lou Lamoriello’s lips are sealed like the Ark of the Covenant, but the GM has to reward a group that has rocked the Metropolitan, doesn’t he? While his lack of a 2019 third- or fourth-round pick gives us reason to think he’d be hesitant to let go of a first or second as well, the Islanders should be in the mix for the high-end forwards that become available.
NBC 2/11/2019 7 7 The Islanders are a perfect 9-0 in the second half of back-to-backs.
CBS 2/6/2019 6 6 They're legitimate. They beat who they're supposed to and give the real ones a fight. Barry Trotz really got this defense up to par.
NJ.com 2/5/2019 5 5 A 1-0 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning provided another example of how the Islanders can hang with the league's top teams. After being the NHL's worst defense in 2017-18, things have turned around dramatically on Long Island.

The Metro

With a 1-1-2 week, Washington backed in to the top 10 because last week’s 8, 9 & 10 teams all did worse. Pittsburgh rode a 4-0-0 week up 4.4 points and in to the top 15. Philadelphia (2-0-1) picked up 2.3 points to get back over 100 and hold at 16th. New Jersey (3-1-0) almost made it back over 100 and picked up one spot to 18th. Carolina (1-2-0) dropped .9 points but held onto 20th. The Isles 2-2-0 week saw them lose just 0.1 points and no ranking drop (21st). Columbus (1-1-1) picked up 1.2 points, but dropped from 24th to 25th. The Rangers (1-3-0) lost .3 points but held on to 26th.

Metro - 100.5

# Team GP W L T Pts LHH # LW L#
# Team GP W L T Pts LHH # LW L#
1 New York Islanders 58 32 18 8 72 116.0 4 115.6 4
2 Columbus Blue Jackets 57 33 23 1 67 109.7 7 105.2 10
3 Pittsburgh Penguins 58 29 26 3 61 107.6 10 112.3 7
WC1 Carolina Hurricanes 59 30 26 3 63 102.8 13 96.5 18
WC2 Washington Capitals 58 29 25 4 62 102.6 14 100.4 12
12 Philadelphia Flyers 58 25 30 3 53 90.0 22 88.0 26
14 New York Rangers 57 19 30 8 46 87.7 25 85.8 26
15 New Jersey Devils 58 21 33 4 46 87.6 26 88.7 25

For the first time in forever, the Metro no longer holds both eastern wild card spots using the LHH formula.

The Atlantic

No real changes here, except that Florida is charging up the rankings on the strength of a 3-0-0 week. They picked up 3.6 points and 3 spots to 19th overall, but now hold onto the 2nd wildcard using the LHH formula. Boston (2-1-0) continues to gain ground on first overall Tampa (1-3-0) and Toronto (2-1-0) is staying safely in the top 10. There are also signs of life in Detroit (3-1-0), which moved out of the bottom 5 and past the bottom 2 Metro teams.

Atlantic - 102.0

# Team GP W L T PTS LHH # LW L#
# Team GP W L T PTS LHH # LW L#
1 Tampa Bay Lightning 59 40 14 5 85 128.3 1 126.2 1
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 58 36 22 0 72 117.6 3 117.5 3
3 Boston Bruins 59 32 24 3 67 107.5 11 100.2 14
9 Montreal Canadiens 58 29 27 2 60 101.9 15 100.2 14
10 Buffalo Sabres 57 24 28 5 53 94.6 18 96.0 19
11 Florida Panthers 56 21 28 7 49 94.0 20 93.2 21
13 Detroit Red Wings 59 21 31 7 49 88.2 24 89.2 23
16 Ottawa Senators 58 22 36 0 44 84.1 31 81.7 31

The Central

It was a rough week for the best division in the NHL. They still have 5 of the top 10 teams, but no team gained spots, and only 2 teams held their same spots. Nashville (1-2-0) dropped from 2nd to 5th, and out of the top spot in the division. Winnipeg (2-1-0) held on to 4th overall and moved into 1st in the division. St. Louis (0-2-1) remains 3rd in the division but dropped to 7th overall. Minnesota (1-1-1) dropped to 9th overall, Colorado (2-1-0) dropped to 10th, Dallas (1-1-0) held on to 13th, and Chicago (1-3-0) fell out of the top 20 to 22nd.

Central - 100.7

# Team GP W L T PTS LHH # LW L#
# Team GP W L T PTS LHH # LW L#
1 Nashville Predators 61 33 26 2 68 110.8 6 114.7 6
2 St. Louis Blues 57 30 26 1 61 109.7 7 101.2 11
3 Winnipeg Jets 59 34 22 3 71 109.0 9 115.4 5
WC1 Dallas Stars 58 30 28 0 60 104.8 12 108.8 9
WC2 Minnesota Wild 58 26 29 3 55 95.1 17 100.4 12
11 Colorado Avalanche 58 23 34 1 47 88.8 23 92.3 22
12 Chicago Blackhawks 59 23 34 2 48 86.6 27 85.1 30

The Pacific

Vegas (3-1-0) moves into 2nd overall this week. Arizona (4-0-0) picks up nearly 5 points, but still remains dead last in the league. Edmonton (0-3-0) drops 3.4 points and 4 spots. The rest of the division was relatively unmoved.

Pacific - 96.9

# Team GP W L T PTS LHH # LW L#
# Team GP W L T PTS LHH # LW L#
1 Calgary Flames 58 35 19 4 74 119.2 2 118.8 2
2 San Jose Sharks 59 35 21 3 73 115.4 5 111.6 8
3 Vegas Golden Knights 60 30 27 3 63 98.8 16 99.4 16
9 Arizona Coyotes 58 24 31 3 51 94.1 19 93.8 20
10 Vancouver Canucks 60 23 31 6 52 92.6 21 98.6 17
13 Los Angeles Kings 58 21 33 4 46 85.2 28 86.4 28
14 Anaheim Ducks 58 19 34 5 43 84.9 29 89.1 24
15 Edmonton Oilers 58 21 34 3 45 84.7 30 87.4 27

The Week Ahead...

Mon 2/19 - vs Minnesota (9) in Monday Manatee Matinee Madness
Thu 2/22 - @ Toronto (6) in a John Tavares home game
Sat 2/24 - @ New Jersey (18) in a beer league goalie shuts out Isles game

The over/under for shots against in the 3 games is set at 140.