NHL Power Rankings 2011: Rangers, Devils Tied At No. 21; Islanders Nearly Last

It's that time of the week again, New York-area NHL fans, for the aggregated NHL Power Rankings, brought to you by Real Clear Sports. Collectively, in nine games, there were two wins among the three teams, which corresponds to bottom-third placement in these rankings. The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, the only teams to get a win, are tied for 21st, while the New York Islanders, who lost all three of their games, tumble to No. 27.

RCS averages the rankings of eight of the top NHL sources on the web to come up with its ranking.

The Devils (4-4-1) began their week with an impressive 3-0 defeat of the Los Angeles Kings on the road, but stumbled against the Phoenix Coyotes, 5-3, and Dallas Stars, 3-1. The Rangers (4-3-3), on the other hand, lost the first two games of the week to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. The loss to the Senators was a tough one to swallow, as they blew a three-goal, third-period advantage. And the lowly Islanders (3-4-2) managed to get two points with a shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins and an overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks, but they also began the week by being shut out at home by the Penguins, 3-0. The Isles are in the midst of a five-game losing streak.

The highest individual ranking for the Rangers was No. 14, by TSN, while the best for the Devils was No. 18, via Sports Illustrated. And somehow the Islanders earned TSN's No. 17 ranking, which tells you how down the other media outlets are on the Isles right now.

New Jersey hits the ice Wednesday at home against the Maple Leafs; the Blueshirts at home on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks; and the Islanders on Thursday at home against the Winnipeg Jets.

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