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2013-03-04 03:30:03 PM  
And here's this week's graph:

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Random data:
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Biggest jump: Flyers, Sharks (+9)
Biggest drop: Lightning, Red Wings (-9)
Biggest jump from Week 1: Maple Leafs (+23)
Biggest drop from Week 1: Panthers (-20)

Unchanged from last week: Blackhakws (1), Senators (9), Blue Jackets (29)
Teams that ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at Week 1 rankings): Sabres (22)
Teams hitting their highest rank: Blackhawks (1), Ducks (2), Canadiens (3), Maple Leafs (6), Senators (9), Blue Jackets (29)
Teams hitting their lowest rank:
Panthers (30), Lightning (28), Oilers (26), Predators (21), Red Wings (20), Rangers (18), Blues (15)
Lowest fluctuation (difference between lowest and highest rank): Blue Jackets (1)
Highest fluctuation: Kings (25)
Average fluctuation: 13.80
Lowest fluctuation travel: Blue Jackets (3)
Highest fluctuation travel: Sabres (52)
Average fluctuation travel: 26.93
 
2013-03-04 03:30:48 PM  
I guess it was more random than I expected... it randomly included some extraneous formatting information.
 
2013-03-04 03:32:29 PM  
Friends,

We are gathered here today to bury Johan Hedberg under the home goal at The Rock.  Farking Jesus.  Get well soon, Marty.

And if everyone else would like to start scoring goals at some point soon, that'd be fanfarkingtastic too.
 
2013-03-04 03:33:45 PM  
In my haste, I forgot to linkify the graph...
 
2013-03-04 03:34:02 PM  
St. Louis Blues trajectory looks like a Stuka on an attack run.

/f'ing Blues
 
2013-03-04 03:34:43 PM  
#20 sounds about right for Detroit, their defense is awful and having Abdelkader on the same line as Datsyuk is a waste of time.
 
2013-03-04 03:35:27 PM  
So, writer says Boston is best team in East, puts them at 4 directly behind Montreal....

RIIIIIIGHT.

/Flyers fan
//Can still point out logical inconsistencies
 
2013-03-04 03:36:37 PM  

robsul82: Friends,

We are gathered here today to bury Johan Hedberg under the home goal at The Rock.  Farking Jesus.  Get well soon, Marty.

And if everyone else would like to start scoring goals at some point soon, that'd be fanfarkingtastic too.


Not tonight, though. Some unexpected & continued success by the Leafs would be nice.
 
2013-03-04 03:37:45 PM  

vonmatrices: So, writer says Boston is best team in East, puts them at 4 directly behind Montreal....

RIIIIIIGHT.

/Flyers fan
//Can still point out logical inconsistencies


It's ESPN. You'd get better hockey commentary listening to Pierre McGuire scream his tear-filled love poems at Sidney Crosby than you'd get from ESPN.
 
2013-03-04 03:39:06 PM  

ds_4815: robsul82: Friends,

We are gathered here today to bury Johan Hedberg under the home goal at The Rock.  Farking Jesus.  Get well soon, Marty.

And if everyone else would like to start scoring goals at some point soon, that'd be fanfarkingtastic too.

Not tonight, though. Some unexpected & continued success by the Leafs would be nice.


You ready to see Johan flail to the ice after failing to successfully pokecheck, leading to a skate-it-in goal for the [insert your team here]?  GET READY!  lol
 
2013-03-04 03:41:30 PM  

Jubeebee: It's ESPN. You'd get better hockey commentary listening to Pierre McGuire scream his tear-filled love poems at Sidney Crosby than you'd get from ESPN.


I'm still pissed that TSN can't be bothered to archive its power rankings. Note to self: keep track of them next season, perhaps with a calendar reminder to check each week.
 
2013-03-04 03:41:38 PM  

Jubeebee: vonmatrices: So, writer says Boston is best team in East, puts them at 4 directly behind Montreal....

RIIIIIIGHT.

/Flyers fan
//Can still point out logical inconsistencies

It's ESPN. You'd get better hockey commentary listening to Pierre McGuire scream his tear-filled love poems at Sidney Crosby than you'd get from ESPN.


No doubt - watching Sports Center for hockey news is like watching American Idol for political commentary.  Still - I would appreciate that whoever's writing would take the time to actually read his own words.

/Holding my breath
//Call an ambulance
 
2013-03-04 03:41:46 PM  
The Flyers are too damned high
 
2013-03-04 03:42:44 PM  
As a Blue Jackets fan, I gotta give them credit for being the most stable team in hockey.  We started the season in last place and 7 weeks later, we're still in last place.  It truly says something that they can go out and give 110 percent every night and still find a way to always lose.  Dedication to the cause.
 
2013-03-04 03:43:28 PM  
 
2013-03-04 03:55:00 PM  

dj_bigbird: #20 sounds about right for Detroit, their defense is awful and having Abdelkader on the same line as Datsyuk is a waste of time.


Not to mention Cleary. Filppula, Helm, Samuelsson, and Bertuzzi need to come back ASAP. Though they did come within 2 minutes of beating Chicago, so who the fark knows anymore. Tatar needs to move up to Datsyuk's line though.
 
2013-03-04 03:59:25 PM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: As a Blue Jackets fan, I gotta give them credit for being the most stable team in hockey.  We started the season in last place and 7 weeks later, we're still in last place.  It truly says something that they can go out and give 110 percent every night and still find a way to always lose.  Dedication to the cause.


Hey, look on the bright side. Columbus isn't too much worse than Edmonton, and Edmonton has sucked their way into 3 consecutive 1st overall picks and is still terrible. What's the Jackets' farm system look like?
 
2013-03-04 04:01:28 PM  
Wild are too damn high. They're playing better now, but I want to wait a few more weeks and make sure they don't start tanking again.
 
2013-03-04 04:02:49 PM  

ds_4815: robsul82: Friends,

We are gathered here today to bury Johan Hedberg under the home goal at The Rock.  Farking Jesus.  Get well soon, Marty.

And if everyone else would like to start scoring goals at some point soon, that'd be fanfarkingtastic too.

Not tonight, though. Some unexpected & continued success by the Leafs would be nice.


It better not be tonight, I intend to go home drunk and happy after the game.
 
2013-03-04 04:03:04 PM  
Sabres up 8 spots.  Here comes my "waiting for the kick in the nuts" face.
 
2013-03-04 04:03:58 PM  
Been fortunate to see almost every Hawks game so far this season. The Detroit game was so good the other night.

Their situation does make these power ranking threads rather dull, though. Not much to say until they lose or break Philly's (?) record.
 
2013-03-04 04:16:57 PM  
Wow, my Lightning have gone completely off the rails.
 
2013-03-04 04:19:37 PM  
The NHL Standings with International and my revised points system through March 3

A few notes to help explain why the numbers are where they are:

Chicago- their 22 game points streak exists regardless of the points system used since they're undefeated in OT as well (remember, my system doesn't give OT loser points, just Shootout loser points). To me, that's the sickest thing about this streak: they haven't lost a game playing actual hockey. Their only "defeats" were in shootouts.

LA Kings- They're 11th in the West in the current NHL system. But they're 6th if using International rules and 7th in my revised system and if we were using pre-OTL, pre-SO NHL rules. Other teams that get bumped in or out of the playoffs depending on the system: Minnesota (9th by the Int'l rules, 6th in NHL) and...

Detroit- They're 8th in the West right now, They're 5th if using International rules. But they're 10th in my system and 12th(!) in the old NHL system. They're also the 2nd worst team in the NHL in games decided in the overtime period at 0-3 (Florida is the worst at 0-4)

Eastern conference- The current top 8 are the same regardless of the system. Positions do shift, but no one drops out.

Some more quirks:
- There's been 49 OT games in the West compared to 31 in the East. That's why there's 7 East teams with double digit regulation losses and 6 with 10+ regulation wins compared with just 1 West team with 10+ regulation losses (Columbus) and 2 with 10+ reg. wins (Chicago, Anaheim)
- Philadelphia is the only team as of now with double digit regulation wins (10) and losses (11)
- Teams with zero shootouts so far: Carolina, Toronto, Washington
- Teams with the most shootouts at 6: Anaheim (4-2), Vancouver (2-4), San Jose (3-3) and Nashville (2-4)
- Team with the most shootouts without losing: NY Islanders (2-0)
- Teams with the most shootouts without winning: Calgary and New Jersey (0-3)
- 9 teams haven't lost a game in the overtime period so far. Other than Chicago (4-0), only Winnipeg and Toronto have had more than 1 game decided in the OT period (both at 2-0)
 
2013-03-04 04:19:46 PM  

Jubeebee: 5 star chef of tv dinners: As a Blue Jackets fan, I gotta give them credit for being the most stable team in hockey.  We started the season in last place and 7 weeks later, we're still in last place.  It truly says something that they can go out and give 110 percent every night and still find a way to always lose.  Dedication to the cause.

Hey, look on the bright side. Columbus isn't too much worse than Edmonton, and Edmonton has sucked their way into 3 consecutive 1st overall picks and is still terrible. What's the Jackets' farm system look like?


Not sure.  I'm more of a casual fan then hardcore.  I know that we got a couple early picks this draft (which they say is pretty deep this year).  Howson is out so some things are looking up.  They (CBJ) are playing pretty hard though.  I got 25 percent off of dozens of papa johns pizza's already this year.  Seriously though, we aren't losing by much but we some how keep losing.  I don't know what needs to happen to help right the ship but something needs to be done quick.  We don't have the loyal base like Edmonton here, people are already getting pissed at this team.
 
2013-03-04 04:23:13 PM  
The Habs would be number one if the power rankings rated diving skill.
 
2013-03-04 04:23:53 PM  
Interesting to see how this week teams tended to go up or down in groups.
 
2013-03-04 04:27:54 PM  

fatalvenom: The Habs would be number one if the power rankings rated diving skill.


Vancouver is in the corner shaking it's head while plotting how to destroy their own city upon hearing this news.
 
2013-03-04 04:29:26 PM  

Shrugging Atlas: St. Louis Blues trajectory looks like a Stuka on an attack run.

/f'ing Blues


Week 1: This is our Stanley Cup pick. Well-coached, deep up and down the lineup and exceptional in goal, the Blues will be looking to prove that last season's Central Division title was just a step on the way to their first championship.

/cries
 
2013-03-04 04:35:40 PM  

desertgeek: Chicago- their 22 game points streak exists regardless of the points system used since they're undefeated in OT as well (remember, my system doesn't give OT loser points, just Shootout loser points). To me, that's the sickest thing about this streak: they haven't lost a game playing actual hockey. Their only "defeats" were in shootouts.


This.

The thing that amazes me the most is that every team... I mean EVERY goddamn team... that they play now is absolutely pulling out all the stops and playing as hard as they possibly can. In some cases, like yesterday's game in Detroit, the Hawks are coming up against some nearly superhuman performances (e.g. Jimmy Howard)... and it still doesn't matter. They just win.

/going to the game sunday
//club level, baby!
 
2013-03-04 04:48:18 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: The thing that amazes me the most is that every team... I mean EVERY goddamn team... that they play now is absolutely pulling out all the stops and playing as hard as they possibly can. In some cases, like yesterday's game in Detroit, the Hawks are coming up against some nearly superhuman performances (e.g. Jimmy Howard)... and it still doesn't matter. They just win.


Even though I had to content myself with the highlight reel after the first period, Howard's goaltending was just plain nuts. That felt more like a playoff game than the regular season. You just know, though, that every team wants to be the one to knock off the Hawks.

The main thing I'm worried about now is the same thing that can kill any NHL team: injuries to key players. The Hawks at least have enough depth that they should be able to weather it out with one or two players gone. Also, Emery has been one hell of a backup at goal.

/notes the five-way logjam in the West: anyone not a division leader has 24 points
 
2013-03-04 04:48:31 PM  
The Hawks are two games away from playing half the (shortened) season without a loss. That's just mindblowing. I'm curious to know what the record for the ratio of points earned to total points available is, because the Hawks are probably on their way to blowing that one up too.
 
2013-03-04 04:54:02 PM  

dj_bigbird: #20 sounds about right for Detroit, their defense is awful and having Abdelkader on the same line as Datsyuk is a waste of time.


Except for the fact, that even when they had 9 players (1/2 of their defense) on IR, they only lost to hottest/healthiest team in the league (Chicago) by 1.  Then, when they had 5 players on IR (this past sunday) Chicago barely squeeked into overtime.

The Wings shouldn't be top 10 atm, but dropping 9 spots to 20 is just insane.
 
2013-03-04 05:02:52 PM  

desertgeek: Teams with zero shootouts so far: Carolina, Toronto, Washington


This is infuriating considering that they have three guys who could easily be considered shootout specialists (Ribeiro, Wolski, Hendricks).
 
2013-03-04 05:32:32 PM  
Bob McKenzie
@TSNBobMcKenzie
Five game suspension for BUF's Patrick Kaleta.
 
2013-03-04 05:34:05 PM  
Can't figure this out, but it seems that Toronto just traded Mike Brown to Toronto.
 
2013-03-04 05:38:33 PM  

germ78: The Hawks are two games away from playing half the (shortened) season without a loss. That's just mindblowing. I'm curious to know what the record for the ratio of points earned to total points available is, because the Hawks are probably on their way to blowing that one up too.


The Hawks run is damn impressive. I've been laughing at the knuckleheads on the boob tube comparing the Heat run in the NBA to that of the Hawks in the NHL and saying they're more impressed with the Heat. I wonder how they keep employed.

Pens fan.
 
2013-03-04 05:42:13 PM  

rillettes: Can't figure this out, but it seems that Toronto just traded Mike Brown to Toronto.


No, he was traded to Edmonton.  Unless the deal got kyboshed.  Anyway, good pickup for the Oilers.  Brown is a solid 3rd/4th line grinder, can kill penalties, blocks shots and will drop the gloves with anyone to stick up for a teammate.
 
2013-03-04 05:42:48 PM  

upndn: germ78: The Hawks are two games away from playing half the (shortened) season without a loss. That's just mindblowing. I'm curious to know what the record for the ratio of points earned to total points available is, because the Hawks are probably on their way to blowing that one up too.

The Hawks run is damn impressive. I've been laughing at the knuckleheads on the boob tube comparing the Heat run in the NBA to that of the Hawks in the NHL and saying they're more impressed with the Heat. I wonder how they keep employed.

Pens fan.


Well, considering most of those morans work for ESPN; I don't think you should be surprised by their ignorance.
 
2013-03-04 05:42:55 PM  
It's Scott Burnside again, would someone please tell him to put the crack pipe down, and put up some *real* power rankings?
 
2013-03-04 05:44:19 PM  

desertgeek: Bob McKenzie
@TSNBobMcKenzie
Five game suspension for BUF's Patrick Kaleta.


Bull shiat.  If that is any other player its at most 1 or 2 games.  Not to mention the fact that Richards was back in playing 2 mins later.  As well as the fact that Giradi did the same thing to ennis but only got 2 min and no hearing.  Plus the fact that players get cross checked all the time in the back when they stand in front of the net.

Total horse shiat this is about the players names and not at all about what happened on the ice.
 
2013-03-04 05:44:41 PM  
Pittsburgh actually moved up in the rankings?
 
2013-03-04 05:48:21 PM  

Warlordtrooper: desertgeek: Bob McKenzie
@TSNBobMcKenzie
Five game suspension for BUF's Patrick Kaleta.

Bull shiat.  If that is any other player its at most 1 or 2 games.  Not to mention the fact that Richards was back in playing 2 mins later.  As well as the fact that Giradi did the same thing to ennis but only got 2 min and no hearing.  Plus the fact that players get cross checked all the time in the back when they stand in front of the net.

Total horse shiat this is about the players names and not at all about what happened on the ice.


Someone here doesn't know what they're talking about...

1) He's a repeat offender (suspended 4 games in November 2011 for head-butting).

2) Kaleta had PLENTY of time to do something else. That was as obvious a boarding call as you can get.

5 games is the right call.
 
2013-03-04 05:51:33 PM  

ClavellBCMI: It's Scott Burnside again, would someone please tell him to put the crack pipe down, and put up some *real* power rankings?


Psshhht, please.  Dude is sane comapred to Scott Cullen.

http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/rankings/nhl/

And that folks is what you get when you put a fantasy pool writer in charge of these things.
 
2013-03-04 06:03:57 PM  

5 star chef of tv dinners: Jubeebee: 5 star chef of tv dinners: As a Blue Jackets fan, I gotta give them credit for being the most stable team in hockey.  We started the season in last place and 7 weeks later, we're still in last place.  It truly says something that they can go out and give 110 percent every night and still find a way to always lose.  Dedication to the cause.

Hey, look on the bright side. Columbus isn't too much worse than Edmonton, and Edmonton has sucked their way into 3 consecutive 1st overall picks and is still terrible. What's the Jackets' farm system look like?

Not sure.  I'm more of a casual fan then hardcore.  I know that we got a couple early picks this draft (which they say is pretty deep this year).  Howson is out so some things are looking up.  They (CBJ) are playing pretty hard though.  I got 25 percent off of dozens of papa johns pizza's already this year.  Seriously though, we aren't losing by much but we some how keep losing.  I don't know what needs to happen to help right the ship but something needs to be done quick.  We don't have the loyal base like Edmonton here, people are already getting pissed at this team.



I've watched a lot of Blue Jackets games this year and been to a few down at Nationwide. They play hard, battle in the corners, get solid defense and goaltending, and suffer from a complete lack of scoring skill. When 86 year Vinny Prospal is your leading scorer then you know you have problems. Their 4th line leads the team in +/- and their top 2 scoring defensemen are out and will be out for a bit longer.

The good news is that they have a large crop of good young defensemen, hell, they have suited up 11 defensemen this year due to injury (yet Adrian Aucoin somehow keeps being healthy and sucking), so they are getting good experience. Anismov and Dubinsky are great leaders and will be solid foundations for the team moving forward. Johanson has shown his potential and needs to get more consistent and gain some scoring confidence, but I think he can be a top 2 line center.

The goal tending hasnt been bad. They havent been good enough to steal games like a Quick or Miller, but they have played well enough to win more games than they have. They just dont have the scoring power. I dont even think they are averaging over 1.5 goals a game.

If they can add two good scoring threats in this draft and move some of their experienced defensemen for young forwards I think they can be well out of the basement next year. Of their last 7 losses, 6 have been by one goal. Some extra scoring threats and a few bounces and they could have won those 6 games.
 
2013-03-04 07:05:12 PM  
I always thought the numbers 1-8 were mythical.

/Leafs fan
//trying not to jinx it.
 
2013-03-04 07:12:55 PM  

Flappyhead: rillettes: Can't figure this out, but it seems that Toronto just traded Mike Brown to Toronto.

No, he was traded to Edmonton.  Unless the deal got kyboshed.  Anyway, good pickup for the Oilers.  Brown is a solid 3rd/4th line grinder, can kill penalties, blocks shots and will drop the gloves with anyone to stick up for a teammate.


I meant "to Edmonton."That was my dyslexia kicking in.
/not really, I'm just kinda dumb
 
2013-03-04 07:23:20 PM  

WhiskeySticks: fatalvenom: The Habs would be number one if the power rankings rated diving skill.

Vancouver is in the corner shaking it's head while plotting how to destroy their own city upon hearing this news.


I wanted to give them a slashie...but I knew the Vancouver-phobe that has me on block wouldn't see it, so there was no need.

/but yes, there is an element about Canadian teams, especially Montreal and Vancouver, that teach diving for penalties like winning face-offs in pee-wees
//its pathetic to say the least
 
2013-03-04 07:25:03 PM  
Nice to see Flyers moving up.
 
2013-03-04 07:30:10 PM  

Ecaps: I always thought the numbers 1-8 were mythical.

/Leafs fan
//trying not to jinx it.


Even TSN has them at 8... Wow, it's been a very long time...
 
2013-03-04 07:39:56 PM  

fatalvenom: WhiskeySticks: fatalvenom: The Habs would be number one if the power rankings rated diving skill.

Vancouver is in the corner shaking it's head while plotting how to destroy their own city upon hearing this news.

I wanted to give them a slashie...but I knew the Vancouver-phobe that has me on block wouldn't see it, so there was no need.

/but yes, there is an element about Canadian teams, especially Montreal and Vancouver, that teach diving for penalties like winning face-offs in pee-wees
//its pathetic to say the least


Head on over to TSN.ca.  They have video up of the Habs players  responding.  God I hope they crash and burn.
 
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