But much like Big Brother, I'm always watching. You can't esacpe me (thanks to the tools Mike have created). The past doesn't matter. It will be re-written. Oh, you were among the worst in the first few weeks? Too bad, the Shamrocks are now good. You have a solid lineup and run the league? Go jump in a lake, you only won 1 game in the last two weeks, Express. You're Banff? Congratulations, you had more wins than seven other teams in weeks 9 & 10. This isn't Newspeak, THIS is your SICHL Power Rankings. Let's go!
No movement here, Doug's Wheat Kings are back to back Champs. Let's hope they do it better than the Penguins in that other league! One look at his lineup and you wonder how the hell he keeps winning, but talk about balance. He has 10 players with 5 or more goals. 13 players with 10 ore more points. Nobody's taken more than 36 PIMs (in 30 games played). 10 different players have scored a power play goal. Need I say more?
Eric's been proactive in tinkering with his lineup, but is it even needed? One of the deepest, most talented rosters in the league, the Schooners are looking to book their ticket to the playoffs early. The only question is, will they get the coveted top seed, or the slightly less, but still coveted, second or third seed?
Stamkos is an absolute demon baby, leading the Fire Ants (and the entire SICHL!) to a six game win streak before losing a finals rematch to the Norsemen in overtime. It's around this time that Norm will probably start to question his roster and determining if he needs to make a big trade to ensure he has another shot at the cup. But, lest he forget Rule of Acquisition 208 - Sometimes the only thing more dangerous than a question is an answer.
It's hard to imagine only losing once in two weeks and DROPPING a few spots in the power rankings. But that's how tight things are at the top! You wouldn't believe how many times I had to re-tinker the Fire Ants/Colonials/Revolution/Huskies/Norsemen/Aces placement. You could easily re-arrange them all into some sort of primordial soup and I wouldn't disagree. It's like the year in gaming for 2017 - one of the best in recent memory. Gary's Colonials are suffering from a few key injuries, such as TJ Brodie and Nathan MacKinnon, but both should be back within the week. Hmm, maybe I should have put the Colonials a few spots down. I really need a mathematical formula to determine the rankings so I don't need to think so much!
If I could put the Revolution higher, I would. But I can't. But really, BOO-HOO, they're second overall in the conference and jump up seven spots thanks to their stellar 4-1 record in the past few weeks. Speaking of...did we start giving teams bye weeks? I remember the days when we'd play 5 games in one week, let alone two. Either way, McDavid's looking good and the Revolution are here to stay, much to my own chagrin.
Hoo boy, clear the track fellas, the Huskies are on an absolute tear. A MASSIVE jump of eight spots, thanks to the Norsemen, Aces and Colonials having so-so performances. Well, the Colonials did pretty well, but they have some injuries, so...there you go. Stay with me. While they're still a ways back from the Schooners and Wheat Kings, they're firmly competing for the Bronze medal and have only lost once in their last eight games. They're not afraid to beat good teams either, smashing the Norsemen 5-0 (on the road!) before taking Havana (on the road!) 2-1. As Don proved by appearing on day 1 of the summit AVEC mustache, then appearing on day 2 SANS mustache, you can't trust this guy not to make big moves.
When will Matt understand that having the best rated player in SICHL means your team will be terrible? Sid is back, but for some reason that hurt the Norsemen as they slid a bit with only two wins in their last seven. Demotion time for 87? A trade? Or an increased amount of Tweeting? How about all three?
Dustin's Aces also drop a few spots, as they went 3-3 in their last six. They don't have much to worry about, however. 1st overall in the World Conference, injuries are present but only to non-essential personnel. Once Carey Price starts to play like Carey Price, the Aces are going to be a cup favorite again in no time.
Right in the thick of it, it's Pat's Slammers! A ho-hum record of 3-2-1 in his last seven games, Pat finds himself 5th in the Canadian Conference with an even goal differential, but a positive upswing overall. A couple injuries, but nothing the team can't handle. Not saying Bernier and Elliott are elite goalies, but I am saying that Pat better hope they both get over 0.900 sooner rather than later if they want to maintain their spot.
Guy dipped a bit this week, but still in the top 10. He certainly has one of the better goal differentials in the league, so I feel like this is misleading and the Golden Bears are getting ready to pounce at any moment. Their losses have been close, including a really weird finish against the Schooners. Wouldn't surprise me in the least to see Guy jump back up in the top five the next time I do the rankings.
Tom had a rough couple of weeks, going 2-4 and securing the second least amount of points in the league during that stretch. He's still in the playoff picture though, and I don't see London or Brno jumping enough yet to completely be a threat...but the Rapids are starting to comb back from their slump and now that Dublin is figuring out how to win games...I know he won't be resting on his laurels. One thing to note - the Cougars are among the stingiest teams in the league, with only the Huskies, Colonials and Krunch (...the Krunch???) giving up fewer shots.
Corey wins the "I can't figure out the power rankings properly, so the Canons can't move because if I move them then I have to move six other teams and it disrupts my order like crazy" award. I can't put them any higher, but I can't put them any lower. Just trust me, as Dobbo would say. It's not like they're bad either - Dubnyk is playing out of his mind, they're three points up on 9th in the Canadian Conference...but they also give up the third most shot in the league. More than Hamburg. Something to work on, methinks!
Sean also wins the "I can't figure out the power rankings properly, so the Spartans can't move because if I move them then I have to move six other teams and it disrupts my order like crazy" award. The Spartans are ALSO seventh in their conference and ALSO have a three point lead ahead of 9th in the World Conference, so this miraculously works out quite well. The Spartans, obviously inspired by Sean's military discipline background, have taken the fifth fewest penalty minutes in the league and don't give up a ton of shots either. Good signs, I would say.
Holy banana cakes, what the hell? I don't know what's weirder, the fact that I have the Riders at spot number 14 when they're 10th overall in points, the fact that they jumped SEVEN spots, OR the fact that they were ranked 21st last week. If you glance at the overall standings, you'll know why - places 23rd to 8th are separated by only 10 points and I don't think I've ever seen such parity in the league at this point in the season. If only Banff and Hamburg weren't so terrible, we might have reached SICHL singularity! The Riders aren't screwing around. They've only lost 2 games in their past 10, and they've recently beat the Fire Ants and Norsemen. Riders comin', yo.
Blarf. Mark's Express had the least amount of points in weeks 9 & 10, going 1-5-1. You wouldn't have thought losing Mark Letestu for two more weeks would have demoralized the locker room this badly, but here we are! Normally I'd say Mark's schedule is the culprit (would YOU like to play the Fire Ants in a home at home anytime soon?), but he also lost back to back to the Vipers which is cause for shame for ANY team not named the Vipers, Gladiators or Rockies.
Look at Dublin go! Ryan, as usual, is one of the most active GMs in the league and it seems to be paying off handsomely. They're finally in a playoff spot, sitting with a 2 point cushion over Denver and only a few points back of the red hot Riders. He's gone 6-2-2 in his last ten and was the top team (tied with the Fire Ants) in days 47-61, going 5-1-1. Way to go, Ryan!
Word is Toronto is trying to make a move as they dip a few spots this week(s). For an expansion team, Chris has performed a small miracle and is only 2 points back of the Golden Bears 30 games into the season. Key injuries to Ondrej Palat and Radko Gudas may lead Chris to look for outside help. Man, I still can't get over that logo!
Sam went 3-3 in his last six, so he doesn't move. I still think his roster is capable of much more, and if he makes the playoffs - watch out. No goalie has more EX/LD than Luongo, although a lot good that did me last year! They've got the Canons, Vipers and Cougars coming up. Not a walk in the park, but a winnable three games and the Rapids are hair's width away from the playoffs. And LOOK at this roster - Carter, Eichel, Miller, Joe Thornton, Lucic, Stastny, Gaudreau, Larkin...
Mike's team entertains me to no end, and there's no rhyme or reason for his placement in the standings. He's 20th overall in points, but one win would catapult him up four spots. He has the best roster of a non playoff team, but is a non playoff team at the moment. I ranked him 10th last rankings, but he's now 19th. It's almost cruel how I'm treating the Supersonics, but don't blame me! I'M not the one who forces him to play the Wheat Kings all the time, or makes Cam Talbot have a sub 0.900 save percentage. Or gives Blake Wheeler a Fractured Left Foot Injury.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Rodeo...Kirk's Krunch are starting to wake up. They went a sublime 4-0-1 in their last five games, but I can't move them higher than 20th just yet. They're still 6 points out of a playoff spot and are only ahead of the lowly Gladiators in the World Conference. Still, that's a positive sign. I think (hope) that Kirk is done securing number 1 overall spots and that Matthews will start to dominate like he can. Wouldn't you like to have a top six of Getlzaf, Tarasenko, Schenn, Vrbata, Matthews and the Nuge? I sure would.
Hey, Michael rose in the rankings! Yessir, the Monarchs went 4-2 on the strength of some powerhouse performances by Ovechkin and are now only THREE points back of the final playoff spot in the World Conference. As usual, it will be a dogfight for those in the muck and trenches. What's even worse is that the Barons and Tigers, not traditionally strong teams in the past few years, are right behind Michael with solid streaks of their own. It might also help if any of the other Monarch forwards followed in Ovechkin's footsteps, as no other player has more than 8 goals (including Duchene with 4!).
Is is the curse of Evander Kane? Don't worry Matt, his SC rating next year will be crazy and make up for any growing pains. For all the bad luck the Mustangs have had so far, they're still only 3 points back of the Golden Bears and I know that Matt won't give up this early.
Blarg. Sheetal SHOULD be moving up a few spots, as he went 4-2 and that's two power rankings straight of improvements but they're still 5 points back of a playoff spot, so 23 they sit. They're not exactly beating up on powderpuffs either, as they've taken down the Slammers, Rapids and Shamrocks as of late. One of the more interesting teams to follow this year, hoping the best for Sheetal!
Ok so MAYBE I got a little excited last week and put Kasim's team up too high. But can you blame me? The Millionaires have been patiently waiting for years and now they're actually a threat to beat any team on any given night. They drop a bunch of spots, but really they only went 2-3-1, hardly a disaster. It's just how the Rankings work sometimes - some teams get an unexpected boost because Henry can't figure out where else to put them, and some teams get an unexpectedly huge drop because Henry can't figure out where else to put them.
The Barons are very similar to a lot of teams down in the basement this year - bad, but not overly bad. Outside the Rockies and Gladiators, everybody's got a shot at the playoffs. The Barons are 5 points back and will just need to string a few extra wins together in order to qualify. Unfortunately, they've got a very rough schedule coming up and will really test the mettle of this team - Fire Ants, Revolution and Aces are up next. Hold onto your butts!
Can't move Bryce's Vipers up just yet - they went 2-5 and are having a hard time getting out of the basement. The good news is that seemingly anybody who goes on a hot streak can climb the ladder quickly (see the Shamrocks, Riders, etc.). Something really curious to note - the Vipers have the 4th best special teams in the league, only behind Havana, Whitehorse and Brandon. And they're ahead of the Schooners and Golden Bears in that regard. Fix up that 5 on 5 and the Vipers could squeak into 7th or 8th in the Canadian conference.
Banff had their best two weeks in franchise history, going 3-3. The most surprising part? They beat good quality teams, in Quebec, Boston and Toronto. Not too shabby. Has Banff turned the corner? Does Ian WANT to turn the corner? After all, there's a team that's nipping at his proverbial heels...
And it's me! It's me! It's DDP! (I wish). Maybe if I nail the Diamond Cutter on the opposing team's goalies, I'll be able to score more than 55 goals in 28 games, by far the least in the league.