Thanks to BAD, Mike, Rick, AWR, BT & 312 for stopping by. BOL this evening.
Over the L25 games, NYI rank higher in 13/15 inputs. NYI rank in the top half in 7/15 inputs while OTT does in 0/15. OTT ranks in the bottom third in 11/15 inputs while NYI does in just 3/15. NYI avg rank across all inputs is 18th while OTT is 26th. Over the L25 games, I have NYI ranked 11 spots higher (18v29). When looking at L25 vs season ranks, NYI is +3 while OTT is -2. Based on season long data, NYI power ranking is 2.85% higher but when you look at L25 data, it's 5.95%. Slight edge in goal for NYI with Varlamov ranking 45th (+0.9) in GSAE while Talbot ranks 56th (-0.4). A closer look, however, reveals that Varlamov has been outstanding vs teams ranked in my bottom half, like OTT. He's 6-1 this season vs teams in my BH, conceding just 14 goals along the way, including a win @ OTT on 11/14 when he stopped 36 of 38 shots. The Islanders have won 10 of the L11 meetings and 6 of the L7 in OTT.
New York Islanders (+105)