Each week, we will give a full list of the teams that have let down their fans the most over the course of the season. Teams are assigned points using the following scoring system:
- Loss: 1 point
- Overtime/Shootout Loss: 0.5
- Win: -1
- Blowout loss (4+ goals): 0.5
- Blowout win (4+ goals): -0.5
- Shutout by other team: 0.5
- Blow third period lead to lose game (Comeback win is negative points):
- 1 goal lead: 0.25
- 2 goal lead: 0.5
- 3+ goal lead: 1
- Midseason coach/GM firing: 10
- Trade away star player: 15
- Acquire star player in trade: -10
- Starting goalie controversy: 3
- Miss playoffs: 10
- Relocation rumours: 7
- Ownership issues: 4
- Legal troubles: 3
- Suspension: 1 point per game suspended
- Fines: 0.01 point per thousand dollars fined
- Man games lost to injury: 0.1 point per game
On to the rankings:
1. Buffalo Sabres (64.95 points; Last Week: #1, 45.35 points)
Florida made an impressive move in last week’s Crushing Disappointment Rankings by firing Coach Kevin Dineen. For a little while we were worried that the Sabres may lose their crown, but Buffalo responded last week by matching Florida (firing Coach Ron Rolston) and raising them (firing GM Darcy Regier). That’s good for 20 points on the Rankings! The Sabres just need relocation rumours, ownership issues, a goalie controversy, and legal troubles to make a clean sweep of the major categories! I’m picturing Dominik Hasek making a bid to purchase the Sabres and move them to Seattle, before issues of money laundering and Eastern European gangs ruin the whole endeavour.
2. Florida Panthers (28.65 points; Last Week: #2, 27.05 points)
3. Edmonton Oilers (25 points; Last Week: #4, 21.2 points)
Quiet week for the Oilers; they were shut out by the Dallas Stars, 3-0, but managed a 2-goal come from behind victory over the Flames on Saturday. More interesting is the impending arrival of Bryzgalov; can someone say goalie controversy?
4. Philadelphia Flyers (20.75 points; Last Week: #3, 21.8 points)
The Flyers are playing better since firing Pierre Laviolette early in the year, but are averaging a dismal 1.8 goals per game, bad enough for 29th in the league. Philly also gave up a one goal lead to Jets last week.
5. Calgary Flames (14.75 points; Last Week: #7, 10.45 points)
The Flames are in a freefall, losing their last 7 games. Over the last week they got pounded by the Stars 7-3 and blew a 2-0 third period lead to the Oilers. The Flames are 29th in the league on defense, allowing 3.7 goals per game.
6. New Jersey Devils (13.25 points; Last Week: #5,12.95 points)
7. Carolina Hurricanes (12.5 points; Last Week: #6, 11.7 points)
8. Columbus Blue Jackets (11.75 points; Last Week: #9, 9.1 points)
9. Montreal Canadiens (11.25 points; Last Week: #8, 10.05 points)
10. Toronto Maple Leafs (8.25 points; Last Week: #11, 5.3 points)
The Leafs went 1-1-1 last week, trading games with Buffalo and giving up a one goal lead to Wild, losing in overtime. Centre Nazem Kadri was suspended 3 games for running into Wild goalie Nicklas Backstrom, leaving the Leafs very thin up the middle.
11. Nashville Predators (8.2 points; Last Week: #12, 4.9 points)
12. Detroit Red Wings (7.65 points; Last Week: #13, 4.75 points)
Detroit has lost 6 games in a row, the last 5 in a shootout or overtime. One of those losses in the last week involved giving up a 2 goal third period lead to the Capitals.
13. Winnipeg Jets (5.55 points; Last Week: #10, 7.6 points)
14. Pittsburgh Penguins (5.4 points; Last Week: #16, 3.5 points)
15. New York Rangers (4.2 points; Last Week: #15, 4.3 points)
16. Vancouver Canucks (3.5 points; Last Week: #19, 1.75 points)
17. Washington Capitals (3.49 points; Last Week: #14, 4.64 points)
18. Ottawa Senators (3.15 points; Last Week: #18, 2.2 points)
19. Anaheim Ducks (1.9 points; Last Week: #22, -2.3 points)
The Ducks lost all three of their games last week; they are currently second in the league in man games lost to injury.
20. Dallas Stars (0.6 points; Last Week: #17, 3 points)
21. New York Islanders (0.05 points; Last Week: #21, -1.75 points)
22. Minnesota Wild (-1.55 points; Last Week: # 20, 0.1 points)
23. San Jose Sharks (-3.05 points; Last Week: #23, -3.1 points)
24. Colorado Avalanche (-3.65 points; Last Week: #30, -6.75 points)
The Avs lost all three of their games last week, including a 7-3 blowout to the Blues and a 4-1 loss to the Panthers.
25. Boston Bruins (-3.75 points; Last Week: #24, -3.2 points)
26. Tampa Bay Lightning (-3.85 points; Last Week: #28, -5.25 points)
Tough break for the Lightning: they lost to the Bruins 3-0 and lost Steven Stamkos with a broken shin. He is likely out 4-6 months.
27. Phoenix Coyotes (-4.6 points; Last Week: #25, -4.05 points)
28. Los Angeles Kings (-5.6 points; Last Week: #26, -5.1 points)
29. Chicago Blackhawks (-6 points; Last Week: #29, -6.25 points)
30. St. Louis Blues (-6.45 points; Last Week: #27, -5.15 points)
The Blues claim the least Disappointing spot in the Rankings this week, leading the league with 4 blowout wins and staying very healthy, with only 18 man games lost to injury so far. Alexander Steen, of all people, leads the league in goals (17) and points (26) in 19 games.