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LHH Power Rankings # 23 - It’s Over, Johnny

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This season is OVER!

There are a lot of words that could be used to describe the Islanders’ season, but I’m supposed to keep this relatively clean, and using words that would make George Carlin blush would likely make this my last ever entry.

Greek mythology is being re-written, with the Sword of Damocles being replaced by the Contract of John Tavares. Jon Taffer needs to be brought in to explain how giving away so many shots is costing the team victories.

I know there is still a game left on Sunday afternoon, but these will be the final LHH Power Rankings of the 2017-2018 season.

Here’s what the pros said about us:

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

How bad was the Metropolitan Division this year? It’s the only division whose LHHPR results didn’t closely mirror real life. As expected, Washington ended up on top (8th overall) by a fairly wide margin, but second place (13th) was a tie between New Jersey and Philadelphia. The Penguins dropped to 4th (15th), and Columbus ended 5th (18th). Using the LHH formula, the Blue Jackets would have missed the playoffs, losing the last wild card spot to Florida. Rounding out the rest, Carolina 6th (21st), the Islanders 7th (24th) and the Rangers 8th (27th). A lot of the change can be attributed to the LHH formula counting games not settled in regulation as ties.

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

The Atlantic

Not much change, again. Boston finished on top, with Tampa on their heels. Both clubs were in the league’s top 5. Toronto finished third (7th), and Florida in 4th (17th). The other 4 teams were 23 of the bottom 6 in the league, including spots 29, 30 and 31.

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 West

Not going to write too much here. The Predators took the top spot, as in real life. Winnipeg came in second. The formula got all 8 playoff teams correct.

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

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

Changes are coming...

For next year, I’m tweaking the formula to bring you New Coke count only games that go to shootouts as ties. Here’s a look at how the standings would have been if that change had been in place all year, along with the standings the formula would produce:

New Formula

Team GP W L T LHH Pts LHH Rating Rank
Team GP W L T LHH Pts LHH Rating Rank
Nashville Predators 82 48 22 12 108 125.3 1
Tampa Bay Lightning 82 48 26 8 104 118.0 2
Vegas Golden Knights 82 47 28 7 101 117.2 3
Winnipeg Jets 82 48 28 6 102 116.9 4
Boston Bruins 81 47 28 6 100 114.0 5
Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 33 4 94 108.6 6
Minnesota Wild 82 42 34 6 90 108.2 7
Washington Capitals 82 45 33 4 94 108.2 7
Toronto Maple Leafs 82 42 31 9 93 108.1 9
Anaheim Ducks 82 40 31 11 91 107.4 10
Los Angeles Kings 82 43 36 3 89 107.0 11
Philadelphia Flyers 82 40 33 9 89 105.0 12
Columbus Blue Jackets 82 40 33 9 89 104.5 13
San Jose Sharks 82 40 34 8 88 103.6 14
Colorado Avalanche 82 41 38 3 85 103.4 15
New Jersey Devils 82 39 35 8 86 102.9 16
St. Louis Blues 82 41 38 3 85 101.1 17
Florida Panthers 81 40 35 6 86 100.0 18
Calgary Flames 82 36 40 6 78 99.1 19
Dallas Stars 82 38 37 7 83 98.7 20
Edmonton Oilers 82 32 44 6 70 91.9 21
Carolina Hurricanes 82 33 43 6 72 91.0 22
Chicago Blackhawks 82 32 47 3 67 91.0 22
New York Islanders 82 32 44 6 70 90.3 24
Vancouver Canucks 82 31 46 5 67 89.6 25
New York Rangers 82 31 43 8 70 88.8 26
Arizona Coyotes 82 27 48 7 61 84.7 27
Ottawa Senators 82 26 47 9 61 82.9 28
Montreal Canadiens 82 27 48 7 61 78.2 29
Detroit Red Wings 82 25 52 5 55 78.1 30
Buffalo Sabres 82 24 55 3 51 76.3 31

We can only guess as to what next season hold in store for us. GM For Life Snow will do something (doing nothing is doing something), whichever two unlucky sods we draft are already ruined. In fact, the top 15 eligible picks are already ruined just because we could conceivably win the lottery twice. We’ll get to see John Tavares at least twice next year... those of us who manage to stick around, that is.