How tight were the standings in Weeks 13 and 14? Points wise, only 5 points separated number 4 from number 27. Every team had at least one regulation loss and every team had at least two losses when you include OTL/Shootout. I still can't justify moving Doug from the top spot - despite defensive injury woes, he remains number 1. However, we're seeing some teams close to him get red hot - the Golden Bears (naturally), the Cougars & Huskies (wisdom > youth) and....the Barons? It feels so wrong, yet it's so right! Let's go!
Doug had the most amount of points (12), the most amount of wins (6) and the biggest goal differential (8) out of every team. Despite Brandon Sutter, Mike Smith and Mike Fisher all out, he's finding ways to win and fend off the carnivorous competition in the Canadian Conference. Impressive.
The Colonials continue to rock the World with a 4-1-2 record in Weeks 13 & 14 and they find themselves only 2 points behind the Revolution for the coveted top spot. A few injuries here and there, to be sure, but with Ryan Kesler playing out of his mind (28 goals in 44 games and SIX game winning games), this is a well deserved two spot.
Not too far behind is Jeff's Revolution, who went 4-3. It's possible that I could've dropped him a few more spots, but cries of biased power rankings may have arisen, and far be it from me not to be overly neutral. I don't want any Chris Collingsworth comparisons here. I will say that the Revolution have an incredibly touch schedule coming up - the next three games are against the Aces, Colonials and Schooners. 'Twill be exciting!
Eric didn't really do too much to warrant dropping a spot - after all, he's still 2nd in the entire league, has an incredible roster of talent and depth and went 4-2-1 in his last 7 games. However, it's a dogfight among the elite and John Tavares is still about a month away being ready.
You know the Jaws theme? DUN-DUN. DUN-DUN. Something's coming. From below. It's an appropriate comparison for Guy, who has been laying low for most of the season, but now seems poised to strike. He went 5-1-2 and tied Doug with the most amount of points in the last few weeks with 12, along with scoring the most goals. And...what's that? My statistics interns are flagging me down. What's that? Guy didn't score the most amount of goals in Weeks 13 & 14? Well who did? BANFF???? No, they did not. Come back to me when you've double checked. BANFF SCORED THE MOST AMOUNT OF GOALS IN THE LAST 8 GAMES OR SO? Ok...Ok...I better calm down. Let's...let's move onto number 6.
BANFF? Huh, look at that. 26 goals for. Ah, 26 goals against. So the Rockies were adopting the Superbowl 52 style of play. Understood. Let's move onto Tom, who is pleased at his team's performance AND that the other Tom who plays for the Patriots lost in the biggest game of the year. The Cougars went 5-2 and are now only 2 points back of Dustin's Aces for 3rd in the World Conference. It'll take quite a run to catch Jeff and Gary, but the Cougars are looking poised for another playoff run.
Doug's Huskies are on the rise! They've managed to avoid the injury bug to their star players, and John Gibson currently sports a 2.19 GAA. With Doughty and Hedman on the blueline, this is a team that can beat anybody.
Norm didn't really do much to rise a spot, but considering the major injuries to Matt's Norsemen and Dustin's Aces, I must remind you of Rule of Acquisition number 15 - Dead men close no deals. With no significant injuries, and an average record, the Fire Ants are right where Norm wants them. Although, Norm IS greedy, so he's probably not RIGHT where he wants them. But this is right where I want them, and I'm the Power Rankings dude so number 8 it is.
Jack Johnson and his sexy 92DF are out for 55 days. Not good news for the Aces, who faltered a little roster wise but still sported a 3-1-2 record. Part of that is that they only played 6 games to everybody else's 7 or 8. Dustin has a massive roster that can easily withstand an injury like Johnson's, but the air up here in the top 10 is getting pretty thin and any set back is dangerous. Just ask number 10....
Number 10, you say? Why that's Matt MacInnis, GM of the team who has Sidney Crosby, who is injured again. Yessir, apparently a 95 DU will only get you half a season. Matt went 3-3-1 which isn't horrible, but losing your top player AND going 3-3-1 AND you're among the best of the best will drop you 5 spots apparently.
Sylvain has settled in nicely from his early season snaffu, and is nearly in the top 10 for points and prestige. Maybe the powerplay is something to look at? The Riders are only better than the Shamrocks, Millionaires and the Rockies and no offense to those teams, but they're not 11th overall in the standings. Still, with all our latest reports showing that special teams aren't all that and a bag of chips, maybe don't tinker too much?
Sean had a terrific week record wise (4-1-2) but a TERRIBLE week Patrice Bergeron wise (a very good hockey player). He's injured for a month. Tough break for the Spartans, but they're still 6 points up on the Shamrocks. Let's see how they fare without one of the most complete forwards in the game (Sean by the way - EXCELLENT Twitter reaction gif to this news. Dwight would be proud).
Rough week for the Canons, as they went 2-5-1 and secured the second lowest amount of points in the last few weeks, only 1 ahead of the Tigers. Brutal injuries though, and you can hardly blame a team for sinking by losing Ryan Suter for 22 days and Ales Hemsky for the next SIXTY TWO days. In time for playoffs, sure, but there's no guarantee with Mark and Mike gunning for the final playoff spot.
Pat's in the same boat - he's currently in the playoffs, didn't have a great week, and lost some players to injury, although nowhere near as badly as the Canons. The Slammer have an even schedule coming up, facing off against the Spartans, Golden Bears, then hosting the Krunch and the Rockies. Lots of time to steady the ship.
You're never going to believe this, but the top teams all did really well this week, the bottom teams didn't do well and the middling teams did....middling. Sam's Rapids fit that description aptly, going 4-3 and staying 3 points ahead of Ryan's Shamrocks. No major concerns, but how about Roberto Luongo? He's played every single game for the Rapids this season, all 42. Never been pulled. How many teams can make that claim? Also, how many can claim to have the BEST penalty kill in the league? Just one. Sam - 90.98%. Yikes.
Every week I open up the rankings and have no idea what fate is going to befall the Supersonics. Since Mike was amazing at hosting the Summit, it's only fair the SICHL gods punish him at every corner. He has six injuries, but is only two points out of a playoff spot. With that lineup, he SHOULD be a top 10 team but I guess we can't always get what we want. Look for Mike's team to rise 3 spots, or drop 8 next Power Rankings. Your guess is as good as mine.
The Express lose Werenski for about a week, but no other injury concerns and they're creeping up on that final playoff spot in the rough and tumble Canadian Conference. Mark's team averages to be insanely average across every category. Special teams, goals for and goals against even out. He's middle of the pack in shots for and shots against. His goaltending looks to be just fine. So, not much to get excited for, but also not much to get down for. Wouldn't you like to have Andrei Vasilevskiy next year at (checks financial status) ooooooh he's an RFA next year. Andrei is going to make BANK -and not AVERAGE bank, if you know what I mean.
In the words of the funny old lady in the IT Crowd "I've had a bit of a tumble." It's always an honor when a team breaks the SIM, but Matt has so many injured goalies that he did it! Everything seems to be on track now. Matt - don't worry, I also broke the sim by trying to have 30 people on my roster. I think this is the 3rd or 4th time I've broken the sim - and that doesn't include the time I broke the Power Rankings!
If you thought Banff scoring the most amount of goals in the past few weeks was surprising, how about the Brno Barons? They were stellar, going 5-1-1 and had the second most amount of points. Not only that, they beat good teams too! The Aces, Spartans (twice!), the Norsemen AND the Schooners. Holy toledo, the Barons are on fire. Is this a new trend, or merely a large blip on the proverbial radar? They're only 5 points back of Sam for 8th spot. We've got a race on our hands!
Ryan slipped a bit this week and finds himself on the outside looking in. He's only 3 points back, but will need to string a few more wins if he wants to get there. With Chicago, Vancouver and Banff coming up, I definitely think it's possible.
The Metros keep slipping back, but very very slowly. In a league like ours, 5 points is a hill that's climbable, but only with great difficulty. He'll be in tight with the Express, Supersonics, Mustangs, Slammers and Canons and should be scoreboard watching all of them instead of just his own games. And possibly...cursing them? Ha, just kidding. There's no such thing as a non power rankings curse.
After Ovechkin got injured, Michael had an EVERYTHING MUST GO SALE, acquiring (checks transactions page)...(takes a deep breath) Their 1st round pick back, Whitehouse's 4th and 5th round picks, Mirco Mueller, Jason Dickinson, Shane Bowers, Havana's 1st round pick, Adam Larsson, Jack Roslovic, Stephen Gionta, Blake Siebenaler and Nova Scotia's 3rd round pick.Looking at all these trades reminds me I probably should have factored all those into the Rankings before I got to spot 22...oh well, too late now!
File Kirk in the "Sim hates him for no reason" category that Mike was in last year. Getzlaf and Kevin Hayes are both out for a week or two, and just can't seem to put a big win streak together. He's amassed a small fortune, some great picks and an offense that should make everybody jealous. The aforementioned Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Brayden Schenn, Tarasenko...I would say the sky's the limit, but according to the sim, 12th in the World Conference is currently the limit.
Kasim has moved out of the basement and is now living on the main floor. He's only 7 points back of the final playoff spot, went 5-2 in Weeks 13 & 14 and has won four in a row. Beating some REALLY good teams too - the Fire Ants, the Spartans, the Express and the Colonials. Holy cow! What's his secret? Well, if he tells you, make sure to pass it along - I'm in a rebuild and need to learn!
Well, I can tell you this - Bryce will be very happy to have Matt Moulson and Daniel Winnik off the books for next year. I somehow think he'll Franchise Cory Schneider over those two, but what do I know?
This is easily the most excited I've been to talk about Banff so far in their existence. They're up two spots, went 4-3-1 in their last 8 games and SCORED TWENTY SIX GOALS in case you forgot from your earlier readings. That is THE most in the league. Who is leading the way? Why, it's elite sniper Tobias Rider, with 21 goals in 45 games. That's pretty darned good! He also has a team high TWO game tying goals and if you think I'm about to make fun of that kind of mediocrity, you obviously haven't seen my team perform as of late. Speaking of which....
If you think I've gone crazy trading for so many forward prospects, take one look at my forward prospects and you'll probably say that I need more forward prospects. Or better ones. Or both.
Sheetal's Tigers also took a bit of a tumble, going 2-5 and securing only 4 points in the last few weeks. Bummer. The trade mill is going crazy - is Turris on his way out?