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(ESPN)   Blackhawks still hold the top spot, but the Pens making a good case to get there. It's your Week 10 NHL Power Rankings   (espn.go.com ) divider line
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2013-03-25 02:04:29 PM  
Hawks are still missing Hossa and Sharp, so they might falter a little bit. I still don't know why the Q-stache hasn't called up Brandon Pirri to take some minutes off of Kane. Carcillo is taking up a roster spot playing like 4 minutes a night, and Kane is pushing upwards of 25.

At least Jimmy Hayes is getting some work done. Last year he skated like he didn't know where all of his limbs were.
 
2013-03-25 02:22:53 PM  
Avalanche are way too high. They need to be at about #15 in the AHL power rankings.
 
2013-03-25 02:26:43 PM  

Graph and useless information for this week:



fubegra.net
(clickety-pop)

Biggest Jump: Capitals (+15)
Biggest Drop: Coyotes (-7)
Biggest Overall Jump: Canadiens (+21)
Biggest Overall Drop: Panthers (-20)
Lowest Fluctuation: Bruins (3)
Highest Fluctuation: Kings (25)
Average Fluctuation: 14.67
Lowest Fluctuation Travel: Blackhawks (12)
Highest Fluctuation Travel: Flyers (63)
Average Fluctuation Travel: 35.80
Unchanged from Last Week: Blackhawks (1), Canadiens (4), Bruins (5), Kings (7), Devils (15), Panthers (30)
Teams that ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at initial rank): Bruins (5), Canucks (8)
Teams at maximum rank: Blackhawks (1), Penguins (2), Wild (6)
Teams at minimum rank: Bruins (5), Oilers (26), Lightning (29), Panthers (30)

/gonna need to str-r-r-r-etch the graph next week
 
2013-03-25 02:29:27 PM  
Caps are probably up too high, but they should not have been down that low.  No way a team should move that far in a week.  Pretty arbitrary rankings once you get below 15 or so I guess.
 
2013-03-25 02:41:22 PM  
Jubeebee: <b>Hawks are still missing Hossa and Sharp</b>, so they might falter a little bit. I still don't know why the Q-stache hasn't called up Brandon Pirri to take some minutes off of Kane. Carcillo is taking up a roster spot playing like 4 minutes a night, and Kane is pushing upwards of 25.

At least Jimmy Hayes is getting some work done. Last year he skated like he didn't know where all of his limbs were.


Pens laugh at your excuse with MVP Malkin out they have won 8 straight and 3 of those without All Star Letang.

/Hawks are still #1 though
//no arguement
 
2013-03-25 02:42:37 PM  
I think one of the most amusing features of the graph is the mass place-change between Weeks 1 and 2. Quite a "Whoops, we really thought that?" change. I also get a kick out of the Sharks hitting the top in Week 3 only to slide back down to mediocrity.

The big problem with this short season is that comparing the East and the West doesn't work so well, since there are no inter-conference games. They should have separated the rankings by conference.
 
2013-03-25 02:42:50 PM  
I'm convinced that the Rangers drank beer and ate chips during the lockout and decided at training camp that this season was irrelevant.

/pissed off lifetime fan
 
2013-03-25 02:47:12 PM  
Just as the ship gets righted with the return of Marty, out goes Kovy for a fortnight or two.  Whewwwww...one game at a time.
 
2013-03-25 02:49:54 PM  
The Blues continue to play like a team that will make it to the playoffs and lose in 6 in the quarters.

/the Oshie goal last night was sillybuns
 
2013-03-25 02:57:29 PM  

Fubegra: Graph and useless information for this week:

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I think I finally see the sailboat!
 
2013-03-25 02:58:54 PM  
4 North East teams in the top 15. No other division can say that this year.
 
2013-03-25 03:01:41 PM  
5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey
 
2013-03-25 03:02:02 PM  

cettin: /Hawks are still #1 though
//no arguement


I'll argue. I thought my Penguins were way too high a month ago when they were ranked #5 at 13-8. No killer instinct, terrible defense, getting pushed all over the ice by inferior teams.

Now they're playing lights out and winning games they shouldn't be. Luck might account for some of it but you don't come back from being down in the third in so many games without some confidence and lots of depth - and depth will be needed in a long playoff series.

Nine wins in a row are without Malkin in the line up, three now without Letang, too. Adding Morrow just adds depth to an already deep pool.

If power rankings are a view of how the team is presently performing I think the Pens are #1. (Which power rankings ostensibly are as the 10-18-2 Wild are #6 this week!) Other than the Hawks and Pens, both of which I think are slightly above the rest of the league, it's hard to stratify the Ducks, Habs, and Bruins.

Next week I'll probably want the Pens back to #5 - I can't see beating the Habs, Jets, and Islanders this week. Habs will be a tough game, at least all three are at home.
 
2013-03-25 03:04:37 PM  
The Wild have come around nicely, this is the team we expected to have this season.
 
2013-03-25 03:09:23 PM  

slykens1: If power rankings are a view of how the team is presently performing I think the Pens are #1.


I think an argument can be made that the Power Rankings aren't merely an indicator of how teams are playing right now, but rather an indicator of the relative strength of each team, all things considered.
 
2013-03-25 03:12:56 PM  
My alternate NHL standings based on different rule systems

Some notes:

Congratulations Washington on being the last team to have a shootout this year. At least you won it.

A while ago, I noted that there were far fewer games going to OT or a shootout in the East compared to the West. While the East as caught up with OT games (23 to the West's 26), there is still a disparity in shootouts (38 in the West, 24 for the East).

Last week, I introduced the "Playoff" column to show how far teams need to go to get a playoff spot based on the previous 8 years. Using that logic, 2 teams can become virtual locks to make the playoffs this week: Chicago and Pittsburgh. Anaheim and Montreal can join them next week. Meanwhile, Florida is 1 loss away from being virtually eliminated.

In fact, Florida is so bad that while they're only 2 points below Colorado in the race for the most lottery balls under current rules and International rules, they're a full 2 games below the Avs in my system (6 pts total) and the old NHL rules (4 pts). And they're the only team with a sub-.300 winning percentage.

For the 1st time since I started tracking this, the current top 8 in the West is the same across all 4 points systems: NHL, International rules, my revised Int'l system and the old NHL rules.

Also for the 1st time, the East has a difference between the systems. But it's only flipping the Rangers and Carolina in the alternate systems.

Chicago- only team in the West with 0 OT losses (4 wins, tied with the Blues for the most)

Pittsburgh- only team in the NHL with 0 losses after regulation (2-0 in both OT and shootouts)

Florida, LA, San Jose- only teams with 0 OT wins (Florida has 5 OT losses)

Calgary- only team in the West with 0 SO wins (0-3, joining Toronto as the worst SO team)

San Jose, Vancouver, Anaheim- teams with the most shootouts at 8 (Vancouver is 3-5, others are 5-3)

Edmonton- most games ended in OT at 6 (2-4 in them)

Next week, I'll see if I can add "magic numbers" to show who actually is clinching playoff spots across all systems.
 
2013-03-25 03:13:23 PM  
Looks like time for the Sabres to make that late season run to give hope.  They'll probably claw their way into the playoffs and turn into roadkill, out in 5.  then Darcy will stay, and this same shiat will happen again and again and again until Ryan Miller coming out for the pre-game skate looks like Muhmmad Ali at the Atlanta Olympics.
 
2013-03-25 03:16:54 PM  

ontariolightning: 4 North East teams in the top 15. No other division can say that this year.


Yeah, but only 2 of those teams are worth anything...Ottawa's been destroyed by injuries and Toronto plays in a poverty league of their own.
 
2013-03-25 03:19:48 PM  

slykens1: cettin: /Hawks are still #1 though
//no arguement

I'll argue. I thought my Penguins were way too high a month ago when they were ranked #5 at 13-8. No killer instinct, terrible defense, getting pushed all over the ice by inferior teams.

Now they're playing lights out and winning games they shouldn't be. Luck might account for some of it but you don't come back from being down in the third in so many games without some confidence and lots of depth - and depth will be needed in a long playoff series.

Nine wins in a row are without Malkin in the line up, three now without Letang, too. Adding Morrow just adds depth to an already deep pool.

If power rankings are a view of how the team is presently performing I think the Pens are #1. (Which power rankings ostensibly are as the 10-18-2 Wild are #6 this week!) Other than the Hawks and Pens, both of which I think are slightly above the rest of the league, it's hard to stratify the Ducks, Habs, and Bruins.

Next week I'll probably want the Pens back to #5 - I can't see beating the Habs, Jets, and Islanders this week. Habs will be a tough game, at least all three are at home.


They are "my" Penguins too.  But you don't go on a 24 game points streak and just relinquish the #1 spot, so I'm okay that the Pens are #2 for now.  They also just added Douglas Murray from San Jose...
 
2013-03-25 03:22:10 PM  

Fubegra: Graph and useless information for this week:

[fubegra.net image 850x564]
(clickety-pop)

Biggest Jump: Capitals (+15)
Biggest Drop: Coyotes (-7)
Biggest Overall Jump: Canadiens (+21)
Biggest Overall Drop: Panthers (-20)
Lowest Fluctuation: Bruins (3)
Highest Fluctuation: Kings (25)
Average Fluctuation: 14.67
Lowest Fluctuation Travel: Blackhawks (12)
Highest Fluctuation Travel: Flyers (63)
Average Fluctuation Travel: 35.80
Unchanged from Last Week: Blackhawks (1), Canadiens (4), Bruins (5), Kings (7), Devils (15), Panthers (30)
Teams that ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at initial rank): Bruins (5), Canucks (8)
Teams at maximum rank: Blackhawks (1), Penguins (2), Wild (6)
Teams at minimum rank: Bruins (5), Oilers (26), Lightning (29), Panthers (30)

/gonna need to str-r-r-r-etch the graph next week


thanks, pollack.
 
2013-03-25 03:27:08 PM  

slykens1: Which power rankings ostensibly are as the 10-18-2 Wild are #6 this week!


They got that wrong, Minnesota is 18-10-2.
 
2013-03-25 03:30:11 PM  

ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey


take into account that the hockey staff at ESPN is also probably the NCAA basketball tournament staff, too.
Assuming you'd like to see them drop 5 spots or so - also take into account Bruins D are down 2 of their top 6 and their #6 is a 19 year old kid who seems to like when forwards get behind him.  Juliens system is tiring; it'll get worse before it gets better, unless some miraculous trade reinvigorates them.  Any day now Horton's due to forget that he doesn't like to skate.
 
2013-03-25 03:30:17 PM  
Carcillo was a piece of shiat when he was in Philly and he is a piece of shiat now. He is not even a good hockey player. Has he ever finished a fight in his "career"? Guys like that have no place in the NHL. Him, Steve Ott, Tootoo, and Matt Cooke all need to be gone. Go be goons somewhere else.

/Wings fan.
//Wings wasting $$ and minutes on Tootoo.
 
2013-03-25 03:31:15 PM  

ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey


Because even ESPN knows the Bruins are playing the Maple Leafs on a Monday night and it'll be a massacre not seen since the great drubbing of 8-0 on March 19th, 2012.
 
2013-03-25 03:32:24 PM  
All I know is the Bruins need to get their asses in gear... They need production from the second and third lines and they still need to tighten up their game. Way too sloppy, as of late.

Too little too late on Saturday, but let's see if they can rebound at home tonight.
 
2013-03-25 03:32:40 PM  
3.cdn.nhle.com
Who's the bust now biatches?!!!
 
2013-03-25 03:36:39 PM  
Maybe Iggy? I want him to win the cup so bad. If he goes to Boston I will suck it up and cheer for the Bruins (should the Leafs get eliminated or not make the playoffs)

Nana's Vibrator: ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey

take into account that the hockey staff at ESPN is also probably the NCAA basketball tournament staff, too.
Assuming you'd like to see them drop 5 spots or so - also take into account Bruins D are down 2 of their top 6 and their #6 is a 19 year old kid who seems to like when forwards get behind him.  Juliens system is tiring; it'll get worse before it gets better, unless some miraculous trade reinvigorates them.  Any day now Horton's due to forget that he doesn't like to skate.

 
2013-03-25 03:38:38 PM  
It'll be the hardest fought victory of the year for the leafs. Kadri + Lupul = pure offence.

soopey: ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey

Because even ESPN knows the Bruins are playing the Maple Leafs on a Monday night and it'll be a massacre not seen since the great drubbing of 8-0 on March 19th, 2012.

 
2013-03-25 03:39:11 PM  
Big week for Chiarelli in Boston coming up. Time to figure out wtf is going on with those guys by the deadline. Tonight's game is going to be "snarly" indeed. Lucic has shown himself in the past to have pride and rise to the challenge when called out. So he'll either be this guy tonight:

www.zuguide.com

or this guy:

farm4.staticflickr.com
(for doing dumb shiat)

or the wildcard (and worst fears)

www.awn.com
 
2013-03-25 03:39:47 PM  

Aezetyr: Carcillo was a piece of shiat when he was in Philly and he is a piece of shiat now. He is not even a good hockey player. Has he ever finished a fight in his "career"? Guys like that have no place in the NHL. Him, Steve Ott, Tootoo, and Matt Cooke all need to be gone. Go be goons somewhere else.


surprisingly, ott actually has skill as a hockey player.
 
2013-03-25 03:45:22 PM  

keylock71: All I know is the Bruins need to get their asses in gear... They need production from the second and third lines and they still need to tighten up their game. Way too sloppy, as of late.

Too little too late on Saturday, but let's see if they can rebound at home tonight.


C'mon, you really expect Toronto to duplicate that two games in a row?
 
2013-03-25 03:46:26 PM  

ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey


Totally agree man, when the Leafs beat you with 3 goals on 13 shots, you deserve to drop out of the top 10.
 
2013-03-25 03:52:04 PM  

edgesrealm: ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey

Totally agree man, when the Leafs beat you with 3 goals on 13 shots, you deserve to drop out of the top 10.


losing back to back games to the leafs is what will make bruins trade for iginla tomorrow
 
2013-03-25 04:09:08 PM  
Caps are one spot lower than where they started the season.  Not that I believe it.  When I see other teams, they look like they're playing on fast-forward relative to the Caps.
If they get in the playoffs, they're out in 5.  If they steal one.
 
2013-03-25 04:12:19 PM  

ontariolightning: edgesrealm: ontariolightning: 5    
Boston
Last Week: 5    The B's have dropped three of four games, the offense suddenly running low with only six goals in those four games.

 How the fark do you lose 3/4 games, cannot score and still remain in the same spot as the week before?
I smell corruption. But it is espn. They dont know shiat about hockey

Totally agree man, when the Leafs beat you with 3 goals on 13 shots, you deserve to drop out of the top 10.

losing back to back games to the leafs is what will make bruins trade for iginla tomorrow


So very true, let's hope that the losses happen, but not the trade. Bruins should not be getting stronger. Besides, the Bruins have nothing that they would be willing to part with.
 
2013-03-25 04:18:37 PM  

Fubegra: Graph and useless information for this week:

[fubegra.net image 850x564]
(clickety-pop)

Biggest Jump: Capitals (+15)
Biggest Drop: Coyotes (-7)
Biggest Overall Jump: Canadiens (+21)
Biggest Overall Drop: Panthers (-20)
Lowest Fluctuation: Bruins (3)
Highest Fluctuation: Kings (25)
Average Fluctuation: 14.67
Lowest Fluctuation Travel: Blackhawks (12)
Highest Fluctuation Travel: Flyers (63)
Average Fluctuation Travel: 35.80
Unchanged from Last Week: Blackhawks (1), Canadiens (4), Bruins (5), Kings (7), Devils (15), Panthers (30)
Teams that ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at initial rank): Bruins (5), Canucks (8)
Teams at maximum rank: Blackhawks (1), Penguins (2), Wild (6)
Teams at minimum rank: Bruins (5), Oilers (26), Lightning (29), Panthers (30)

/gonna need to str-r-r-r-etch the graph next week


I looked at that graph for a while,

Fubegra: Graph and useless information for this week:

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(clickety-pop)

Biggest Jump: Capitals (+15)
Biggest Drop: Coyotes (-7)
Biggest Overall Jump: Canadiens (+21)
Biggest Overall Drop: Panthers (-20)
Lowest Fluctuation: Bruins (3)
Highest Fluctuation: Kings (25)
Average Fluctuation: 14.67
Lowest Fluctuation Travel: Blackhawks (12)
Highest Fluctuation Travel: Flyers (63)
Average Fluctuation Travel: 35.80
Unchanged from Last Week: Blackhawks (1), Canadiens (4), Bruins (5), Kings (7), Devils (15), Panthers (30)
Teams that ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE (back at initial rank): Bruins (5), Canucks (8)
Teams at maximum rank: Blackhawks (1), Penguins (2), Wild (6)
Teams at minimum rank: Bruins (5), Oilers (26), Lightning (29), Panthers (30)

/gonna need to str-r-r-r-etch the graph next week


Trying to follow a line is tricky when the graph's just using the same 12 colors over and over for the 30 lines.  Could you maybe change the line types for some of them, like using dotted lines for teams 13-24, and dashed lines for teams 25-30?
 
2013-03-25 04:19:23 PM  
Hooray, I fail at quoting!

/and previewing
 
2013-03-25 04:24:01 PM  

craigzy: Aezetyr: Carcillo was a piece of shiat when he was in Philly and he is a piece of shiat now. He is not even a good hockey player. Has he ever finished a fight in his "career"? Guys like that have no place in the NHL. Him, Steve Ott, Tootoo, and Matt Cooke all need to be gone. Go be goons somewhere else.

surprisingly, ott actually has skill as a hockey player.


Cooke has lots of skill, actually.
 
2013-03-25 04:32:28 PM  
Nice.  Go Minnesota!  Just, maybe next time the guy can get their W-L record correct.
 
2013-03-25 04:35:20 PM  
The nhl.com Power 16 are a bit different and they have the Pens on top.  Then the Hawks Ducks and Wild.  The Western Conference Playoffs are going to be interesting this year.
 
2013-03-25 04:37:58 PM  
I said the Jackets could win 20 games this year. They just might make it. With all the road games left they won't, but they could.
 
2013-03-25 04:38:50 PM  

Trivia Jockey: Fubegra: Graph and useless information for this week:

[fubegra.net image 850x564]


I think I finally see the sailboat!


Nah, that's a map of Tokyo's subway system.

Dafatone: craigzy: Aezetyr: Carcillo was a piece of shiat when he was in Philly and he is a piece of shiat now. He is not even a good hockey player. Has he ever finished a fight in his "career"? Guys like that have no place in the NHL. Him, Steve Ott, Tootoo, and Matt Cooke all need to be gone. Go be goons somewhere else.

surprisingly, ott actually has skill as a hockey player.

Cooke has lots of skill, actually.


I always find it funny when people who have obviously not watched Cooke play in the last couple of years say this.  He's cleaned his game up...and not just in appearances.  It's no coincidence that he had his best year last year with 42 points (21 G, 21 A).  This year he has 15 point (5 G, 10 A), so he's not on the same pace he was last year...but he's not a liability to the Penguins anymore.  Goons don't score those kinds of points.
 
2013-03-25 04:43:53 PM  

bborchar: Goons don't score those kinds of points.


Bob Probert 87-88
74293362398
 
2013-03-25 04:44:49 PM  
Dammit Pronger!

74 gp 29-33-62pts 398 PIM
 
2013-03-25 04:45:40 PM  

Dafatone: craigzy: Aezetyr: Carcillo was a piece of shiat when he was in Philly and he is a piece of shiat now. He is not even a good hockey player. Has he ever finished a fight in his "career"? Guys like that have no place in the NHL. Him, Steve Ott, Tootoo, and Matt Cooke all need to be gone. Go be goons somewhere else.

surprisingly, ott actually has skill as a hockey player.

Cooke has lots of skill, actually.


at intentionally injuring other players.

the hardest job in the world goes to the pens broadcasters having to ignore, downplay, or dismiss every cheapshot.
 
2013-03-25 04:47:03 PM  

bborchar: I always find it funny when people who have obviously not watched Cooke play in the last couple of years say this. He's cleaned his game up...and not just in appearances. It's no coincidence that he had his best year last year with 42 points (21 G, 21 A). This year he has 15 point (5 G, 10 A), so he's not on the same pace he was last year...but he's not a liability to the Penguins anymore. Goons don't score those kinds of points.


I hate to be "that guy", but...

Last year, Cooke had 19 G / 19 A in 82 games or 0.463 PPG. This year, he's got 15 points in 33 games or 0.455 PPG. I'd say he's on a very similar pace to last year.

/Who am I kidding?
//I love being "that guy"
 
2013-03-25 04:47:21 PM  

Dafatone: Cooke has lots of skill, actually.


He was with the Caps for a little bit while Boudreau was here.  After he left, Bruce would talk pretty highly about him (rarely, I know), saying if he just focused on playing hockey and cut the shenanigans he could make himself a pretty valuable player.  He recognized he has the talent, just needs to make up his mind to be under control.
 
2013-03-25 05:00:25 PM  
Rumors on Iginla to Pittsburgh in the works...deal is contingent upon an extension.

Fingers crossed it doesn't happen.  If it does, I hope the Pens are dropped in the first round.
 
2013-03-25 05:00:33 PM  

keylock71: All I know is the Bruins need to get their asses in gear... They need production from the second and third lines and they still need to tighten up their game. Way too sloppy, as of late.

Too little too late on Saturday, but let's see if they can rebound at home tonight.


I don't want to sound like Negative Nick, but I think they are in more trouble than we think.

They need to make some moves and soon.
 
2013-03-25 05:03:34 PM  
ESPN knows nothing about hockey.  They should stick to sports they know.
 
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