Super 16: Avalanche remain No. 1, Blues return to NHL.com power rankings

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Colorado is 12-0-1 in its past 13 home games, the fourth-longest home point streak in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. Its record is 17, set from Jan. 20-April 6, 2003.

The Vegas Golden Knights moved up one spot to No. 2, knocking the Tampa Bay Lightning down to No. 3. The Washington Capitals jumped two places to No. 4 and the Florida Panthers tumbled three to No. 8.

The St. Louis Blues got back into the Super 16 at No. 15 after dropping out last week.

Video: Super 16: Avalanche hold the top ranking

To create the NHL.com power rankings, each of the 14 participating staff members put together his or her version of what they think it should look like. Those were submitted and a point total assigned to each. 

The team that was selected first was given 16 points, second got 15, third 14 and so on down to No. 16, which got one point. 

Here is the Super 16:

1. Colorado Avalanche (30-9-4)
Total points: 222
Last week: No. 1

The Avalanche have won five straight games at home, the third time this season they’ve had a home winning streak of at least five games. 

Video: COL@ANA: Johansson stops every shot for 1st shutout

2. Vegas Golden Knights (29-11-2)
Total points: 197
Last week: No. 3

Max Pacioretty scored his 300th NHL goal in a 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The forward from New Canaan, Connecticut is the 21st United States-born player to reach the milestone. 

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (28-12-2)
Total points: 179
Last week: No. 2

Steven Stamkos has missed two games with an undisclosed injury the forward sustained in a 6-4 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets last Thursday. The captain has scored 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 38 games. The Lightning have not released details on his injury. 

4. Washington Capitals (28-11-4)
Total points: 177
Last week: No. 6

The Capitals have scored 18 goals in a three-game winning streak while going 6-for-10 on the power play. 

5. Carolina Hurricanes (27-10-4)
Total points: 173
Last week: No. 4

Dougie Hamilton has scored at least one point in 18 of his past 22 games since Feb. 27 (22 points; five goals, 17 assists). The defenseman leads the Hurricanes with 27 assists. Vincent Trocheck didn’t have a point in a 3-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, ending the center’s personal streak of 13 straight games (18 points; seven goals, 11 assists). 

Video: DET@CAR: Hamilton scores goal before taking a tumble

6. Toronto Maple Leafs (28-11-4)
Total points: 167
Last week: No. 7

The Maple Leafs have scored one power-play goal in their past 19 games, going 2-for-43. They won nine of 10 before losing their past two games in regulation. 

7. New York Islanders (27-11-4)
Total points: 146
Last week: No. 8

Five of the Islanders’ seven wins since March 22 have come in overtime or the shootout. They have won seven straight games decided after regulation. 

8. Florida Panthers (27-12-4)
Total points: 133
Last week: No. 5

Aleksander Barkov has scored five goals in six games since the center returned to the lineup April 3 after missing six games with an injury. The Florida captain leads the Panthers with 18 goals and 44 points. 

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (27-13-2)
Total points: 116
Last week: No. 9

The Penguins have won three games in a row and are 9-2-1 since March 20. They have scored a power-play goal in five straight games (6-for-15) and eight of their past nine (11-for-27). 

10. Winnipeg Jets (26-14-3)
Total points: 92
Last week: No. 11

The Jets, second in the Scotia North Division, have one game remaining on a five-game road trip before playing six in a row at home, three against the first-place Maple Leafs and three against the third-place Edmonton Oilers. The top four teams in the seven-team division qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Video: WPG@MTL: Copp puts home one-timer for PPG

11. Minnesota Wild (25-13-3)
Total points: 75
Last week: No. 10

The Wild are 3-6-3 on the road since March 1. They won four straight road games from Feb. 18-24 and seven of their first 10.

12. Boston Bruins (22-12-6)
Total points: 73
Last week: No. 12

Charlie McAvoy returned to the lineup and played a Bruins-high 25:04 in a 3-2 shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday after the defenseman missed four games with an upper-body injury. The Bruins are without defensemen Brandon Carlo (seven games, upper body) and Matt Grzelcyk (two games, upper body), and played without McAvoy, Carlo, Grzelcyk and Kevan Miller in an 8-1 loss to the Capitals on Sunday.

13. Edmonton Oilers (25-15-2)
Total points: 60
Last week: No. 13

Mike Smith was 8-1-2 with a 2.35 goals-against average and .922 save percentage from March 6-April 8 before he allowed five goals on 32 shots in a 5-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Saturday. 

14. Nashville Predators (24-19-1)
Total points: 41
Last week: No. 15

The Predators are 13-3-0 since March 15 despite not having center Matt Duchene (upper body) for any of the games and forward Filip Forsberg (upper body) for the past 10, and defenseman Ryan Ellis (upper body) for the first 13 of the 16 games.

15. St. Louis Blues (19-17-6)
Total points: 24
Last week: NR

The Blues have played their way back into the playoff race in the eight-team Honda West Division. Ten of their remaining 14 games are against the top three teams in the division; Colorado, Vegas and Minnesota.

Video: MIN@STL: O’Reilly rips a backhander for OT winner

16. Montreal Canadiens (18-13-9)
Total points: 23
Last week: No. 14

The Canadiens won their past two games decided after regulation after losing their first nine such games.

 

Others receiving points: New York Rangers 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1

Dropped out: Coyotes (No. 16)

 

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Carolina Hurricanes; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Minnesota Wild; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. New York Rangers; 16. Montreal Canadiens

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. New York Islanders; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Minnesota Wild; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Montreal Canadiens

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. New York Islanders; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Montreal Canadiens

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. St. Louis Blues

TOM GULITTI 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. New York Islanders; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. St. Louis Blues

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Carolina Hurricanes; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Winnipeg Jets; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. New York Rangers

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Carolina Hurricanes; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. St. Louis Blues

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. New York Islanders; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Minnesota Wild; 16. New York Rangers

TRACEY MYERS 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Toronto Maple Leafs; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. St. Louis Blues

BILL PRICE

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Minnesota Wild; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. St. Louis Blues

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Montreal Canadiens

DAN ROSEN 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Carolina Hurricanes; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Minnesota Wild; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. New York Rangers

DAVID SATRIANO

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Toronto Maple Leafs; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Minnesota Wild; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Chicago Blackhawks

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Minnesota Wild; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Montreal Canadiens

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