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Power Rankings - Dec. 1

Joey MacDonald has a 2.89 GAA and .907 SP for the Islanders in place of Rick DiPietro. (Getty Images)

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Joey MacDonald has a 2.89 GAA and .907 SP for the Islanders in place of Rick DiPietro. (Getty Images)

The name Joey somehow seems appropriate for a scrappy underdog, which is exactly what New York Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald is proving to be.
 
MacDonald has held his own in the Islanders crease since it was left vacant due to Rick DiPietro’s latest injury. MacDonald has a respectable .907 save percentage this year and a winning 10-9-2 record while playing for a team that isn’t exactly a league power.
 
The 28-year-old goalie has certainly been perseverant over the course of his career. Never drafted, MacDonald got his pro start in 2001-02 with the ECHL’s Toledo Storm and spent several years in the American League with Detroit’s farm team, the Grand Rapids Griffins.

The Islanders are his third NHL organization, but he’s finally found a home.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
RK.
TEAM
LW
OVERALL
L10
THE SCOOP
1 San Jose Sharks
1
20-3-1
8-1-1
No regulation time home losses through 13 games this year
2 Boston Bruins
3
16-4-4
8-1-1
First in goals against, third in goals for and they're coming from everywhere
3 Detroit Red Wings
2
15-4-4
6-2-2
Wings giving up 3.04 goals per game, which puts them 23rd in the league
4 Pittsburgh Penguins
5
14-6-3
7-2-1
Pens benefiting from Sidney Crosby's don't-forget-about-me hot streak
5 Anaheim Ducks
12
14-8-3
5-3-2
Ryan Getzlaf is becoming an absolute beast
6 Minnesota Wild
6
14-7-1
6-4-0
Antti Miettinen has been a pleasant surprise with 19 points through 22 games
7 Philadelphia Flyers
8
11-7-5
7-1-2
I think you can start engraving Simon Gagne's name on the Bill Masterton Trophy
8 Chicago Blackhawks
4
10-6-6
4-3-3
Nikolai Khabibulin's day-to-day injury opens the door for Huet to grab the No. 1 job
9 Washington Capitals
9
13-8-3
5-4-1
Tomas Fleischmann showing signs Caps were right to be patient with him
10 New York Rangers
7
17-8-2
6-3-1
Brandon Dubinsky had points in three of 14 November games
11 Montreal Canadiens
10
13-6-4
4-4-2
Current seven-game homestand is longest in franchise history; time for Habs to make some hay
12 Vancouver Canucks
11
14-8-2
6-2-2
Lost first contest of an eight-game road trip in Calgary on Saturday
13 Calgary Flames
16
14-9-1
6-4-0
Reports are Mike Cammalleri is on the block, just as he's getting hot
14 New Jersey Devils
13
12-8-2
5-5-0
Patrik Elias has 14 points in 12 games since Brodeur was injured
15 Nashville Predators
14
11-10-2
5-4-1
Some thought Patric Hornqvist would be a dark horse in the Calder race; right now, he's in the American League
16 Carolina Hurricanes
15
12-11-2
4-6-0
Canes are just 6-7-0 at home this season
17 Buffalo Sabres
18
11-9-3
3-7-0
Maybe Thomas Vanek is a bargain at $7 million a season
18 Los Angeles Kings
21
10-9-3
6-3-1
Giving up a league-low 24.6 shots per game
19 Toronto Maple Leafs
19
8-9-6
3-5-2
People are already loving the tone Brian Burke sets as GM of this team
20 Columbus Blue Jackets
17
10-10-3
5-4-1
Steve Mason's .919 save percentage makes him the obvious choice in goal right now
21 St. Louis Blues
24
10-10-2
5-4-1
Speaking of goalies named Mason, backup Chris Mason has stopped 106 of 109 shots over his last three starts
22 Colorado Avalanche
25
11-12-0
6-4-0
Milan Hejduk seemed to rediscover his touch early on, but has one goal in his last 11 games
23 New York Islanders
28
10-12-2
6-4-0
19-year-old rookie Josh Bailey is staying with the big club all season
24 Ottawa Senators
22
8-10-4
3-5-2
Approaching the one-year anniversary of becoming an awful team
25 Edmonton Oilers
20
10-11-2
4-5-1
Slow starts are killing the Oilers; they've had the lead after one period just five times in 23 games this season
26 Florida Panthers
30
9-11-3
5-3-2
How about Craig Anderson and his .948 save percentage and 1.87 goals-against average
27 Dallas Stars
23
8-11-4
3-5-2
Loui Eriksson's 11 goals one bright spot for the Stars
28 Phoenix Coyotes
27
10-11-2
3-5-2
Mikael Tellqvist is supplanting Ilya Bryzgalov for No. 1
29 Atlanta Thrashers
26
8-12-3
4-5-1
Ondrej Pavelec's play offers an encouraging glimpse into Atlanta's long-term goalie future
30 Tampa Bay Lightning
29
6-10-7
1-6-3
Tampa had such a high profile in the summer, but have become completely forgettable

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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