Metro Monday: Fewest ROW in the Division

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 10.44.58 PMThanks to a four regulation loss week, Islanders dropped from second to sixth in the division this week. Not only that, four other teams had hot weeks. The Capitals, Rangers, Hurricanes and Devils combined to go 9-2-3 since the last edition of Metro Monday. All four of those teams jumped the Islanders in the standings this week. Thanks to all that, the Isles now own the dubious distinction of having the lowest ROW number in the Metropolitan Division.

What’s ROW? ROW stands for Regulation and Overtime Wins, which is just the number of wins the team has excluding their shootout wins. It’s also a tie breaking procedure in the standings, which is why the Devils are fifth and Islanders are sixth in the graphic on your right.

After the first 18 games, the Islanders have the fewest ROW in the entire division. That’s worse than the slow starting Rangers, iffy Devils and yes, even worse than the terrible, horrible not good Flyers.

It’s like that Biggie Smalls song once said, the lower ROW we come across, the more problems we see. Something like that. At least there are 64 games to right the ship.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins, 11-6-0, 22 Points

Pittsburgh lost twice this week but still maintains the division lead. They were outscored by a combined 7-2 in losses to the Rangers and Blues… Don’t worry, Crosby still leads the NHL in points despite not factoring into either of those two goals…

2. Washington Capitals, 9-8-1, 19 Points

After going 2-1 last week, the Caps went 2-1-1 this week and are really picking up steam… Alex Ovechkin had five points in three games, three of those points coming Tuesday against the Islanders… Jason Chimera signed a two-year extension this week…

3. New York Rangers, 9-8-0, 18 Points

After a slow start to the season, the Rangers seem to have righted the ship. They were 3-1 this week and have won six of their last seven, since beating the Islanders in the last week of October… Derek Stepan has six points in five, Ryan McDonagh had four in his last three… Rick Nash still isn’t skating…

4. Carolina Hurricanes, 6-7-4, 16 Points

The worst part about the Islanders 0-for-4 week is that other teams in the division had great weeks, and Carolina is no different with a 2-0-1 mark this week… The Canes are on Justin Peters, their third-string goalie, but allowed only three goals in three games including a shutout of the Islanders… 

5. New Jersey Devils, 5-7-5, 10 Points

The Devils are another hot team with a 2-0-1 week and did so by a combined 9-2 margin… Marty Brodeur had shutouts against the Flyers and Predators… Jaromir Jagr leads the team with 11 points… 

6. New York Islanders, 6-9-3, 15 Points

Four regulation losses on the week for the Islanders drop them from 2nd to 6th…

7. Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-10-0, 12 Points

Lumbus was 1-2 on the week with the lone win coming against the Islanders… Eight different players scored the team’s nine goals this week…

8. Philadelphia Flyers, 5-10-1, 11 Points

And in the basement are the Flyers yet again. They went 1-1-1 this week and are 2-1-1 since Ray Emery got in a fight, which means nothing of course. The lone win was against Edmonton, the worst team in the league not named Buffalo…