Super 16: Blackhawks make first appearance in power rankings

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The Lightning have won six straight games, the longest active winning streak in the NHL, and were ranked first by 12 of the 14 participating staff members.

The Boston Bruins moved up three spots to No. 2 and the Toronto Maple Leafs climbed four spots to No. 4. The Vegas Golden Knights stayed between them at No. 3.

The Montreal Canadiens dropped three spots to No. 5, the Washington Capitals moved down four to No. 8, and the Dallas Stars fell six spots to No. 12.

The Chicago Blackhawks (No. 15) are ranked for the first time this season, and the Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 16) are in for the first time since being ranked there in the preseason Super 16 of Jan. 12.

To create the Super 16, 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 got 14, and so on down to No. 16, who got one point.

Here is the Super 16:

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-1-1)
Total points:
221
Last week: No. 1

The Lightning have outscored opponents 27-9 during the winning streak (4.50 goals per game, 1.50 goals against per game). Their power play is scoring at 26.9 percent (7-for-26) and their penalty kill is successful at 86.4 percent (19-for-22) during the streak.

2. Boston Bruins (9-1-2)
Total points:
198
Last week: No. 5

The Bruins have arguably the best combination of special teams this season: They are sixth on the power play (31.6 percent) and second on the penalty kill (88.4 percent). Boston allowed a power-play goal in four of its 12 games and scored at least one in seven.

Video: BOS@PHI: Pastrnak notches hat trick, forces OT 

3. Vegas Golden Knights (8-1-1)
Total points:
190
Last week: No. 3

Marc-Andre Fleury is 5-0-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and one shutout. He’s the only goalie in the NHL with at least five starts and zero losses. The Golden Knights are 7-0-1 at home.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs (11-2-1)
Total points:
180
Last week: No. 8

Auston Matthews leads the NHL with 11 goals; he had an eight-game goal streak end in a 4-2 win against the Canadiens on Wednesday. Toronto had a streak of seven games scoring at least one power-play goal end in a 3-1 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. They were 9-for-23 (39.1 percent) during the streak.

Video: VAN@TOR: Matthews dazzles with goal in 1st

5. Montreal Canadiens (8-3-2)
Total points:
173
Last week: No. 2

Jake Allen is 4-1-0 with a 1.81 GAA and .940 save percentage in five starts backing up Carey Price. Montreal leads the NHL with 36 goals in the first two periods: 17 in the first and 20 in the second.

6. Colorado Avalanche (7-3-1)
Total points:
151
Last week: No. 7

The Avalanche haven’t played since Feb. 2, with five games postponed due to NHL COVID-19 protocol. They are scheduled to play at the Golden Knights on Sunday.

7. Philadelphia Flyers (8-3-2)
Total points:
119
Last week: No. 10

James van Riemsdyk has a seven-game point streak (four goals, nine assists) and 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 13 games this season. It took the forward 35 games to score 18 points last season, when he finished with 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists) in 66 games.

Video: BOS@PHI: van Riemsdyk opens scoring with PPG

8. Washington Capitals (6-3-3)
Total points:
115
Last week: No. 4

The Capitals have lost three straight games after starting the season with a nine-game point streak (6-0-3). They are 11-for-11 on the penalty kill in the losing streak, and had a multiple-goal lead in the first period in two of the three games.

9. Florida Panthers (7-1-2)
Total points:
107
Last week: No. 12

Jonathan Huberdeau needs one assist to become the first player with 300 for the Panthers. The forward has 10 this season after getting two in a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Huberdeau leads Florida with 14 points.

Video: DET@FLA: Wennberg finds twine on feed from Huberdeau

10. St. Louis Blues (7-4-2)
Total points:
96
Last week: No. 9

The Blues are four games into a stretch of seven consecutive against the Arizona Coyotes because of postponements of four other games and the rescheduling of one. St. Louis has lost the past three against Arizona after winning 4-3 on Feb. 2;. all four games were at home. The stretch resumes Friday with the first of three games in four days at Arizona.

11. Carolina Hurricanes (7-3-0)
Total points:
95
Last week: No. 11

Jordan Staal has scored nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past seven games and the center needs two to reach 300 with the Hurricanes. Goalie James Reimer has allowed five goals in each of his past two starts, and Carolina has allowed at least three goals in five straight games.

12. Dallas Stars (5-2-3)
Total points:
89
Last week: No. 6

The Stars have one win in their past six games (1-2-3) after starting the season with a four-game winning streak. Anton Khudobin is 0-2-1 and has allowed 11 goals on 81 shots for a 4.31 GAA and .864 save percentage in his past three starts. Jake Oettinger started three of the past four games and was 1-0-2 with a 2.27 GAA and .922 save percentage (seven goals against on 90 shots).

13. Winnipeg Jets (7-4-1)
Total points:
68
Last week: No. 13

The Jets had a streak of 14 straight successful penalty kills end in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, when center Pierre-Luc Dubois made his debut. Nikolaj Ehlers scored both goals in the loss, giving him a Jets-high eight this season.

Video: WPG@CGY: Ehlers goes top shelf on power play

14. New York Islanders (5-4-2)
Total points:
24
Last week: NR

The Islanders have won two games in a row and have a four-game point streak (2-0-2) since losing three in a row from Jan. 24-28. They have been on the penalty kill three or fewer times in nine of their 11 games, including two or fewer in five.

15. Chicago Blackhawks (6-4-4)
Total points:
21
Last week: NR

The Blackhawks have won three games in a row, have a point in five straight (4-0-1), and are 6-1-4 since starting the season with three straight losses. Chicago has killed 13 consecutive penalties, 21 of 22 (95.5 percent) in eight games since Jan. 26, and has scored at least one power-play goal in 12 of its 14 games (35.6 percent).

16. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-5-3)
Total points:
13
Last week: NR

The Blue Jackets are 5-1-3 in one-goal games but 1-3-0 in games decided by at least two goals. The one-goal games have a lot to do with their wild swings in the first two periods. They have outscored opponents 16-8 in the first period but have been outscored 19-7 in the second period. They’re even at 15-15 in the third period but have lost two games in overtime. Jack Roslovic has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven games since arriving in the Dubois trade with Winnipeg.

Others receiving points: Arizona Coyotes 10, Pittsburgh Penguins 9, Edmonton Oilers 9, Calgary Flames 7, Minnesota Wild 6, New Jersey Devils 3

Dropped out: Penguins (No. 14), Wild (No. 15), Flames (No. 16)

 

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Colorado Avalanche; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Chicago Blackhawks; 15. New York Islanders; 16. New Jersey Devils

TOM GULITTI

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Carolina Hurricanes; 9. Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. New Jersey Devils

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Toronto Maple Leafs; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Carolina Hurricanes; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. New Jersey Devils

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Toronto Maple Leafs; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Colorado Avalanche; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. Carolina Hurricanes; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Chicago Blackhawks; 15. Columbus Blue Jackets; 16. Winnipeg Jets

TRACEY MYERS

1. Toronto Maple Leafs; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Montreal Canadiens; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Philadelphia Flyers; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Colorado Avalanche; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Chicago Blackhawks; 12. Columbus Blue Jackets; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Carolina Hurricanes; 16. Dallas Stars

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Carolina Hurricanes; 9. Winnipeg Jets; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Arizona Coyotes; 16. Chicago Blackhawks

DAN ROSEN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Montreal Canadiens; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Carolina Hurricanes; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Arizona Coyotes; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Chicago Blackhawks

DAVID SATRIANO

1. Toronto Maple Leafs; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Dallas Stars; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Carolina Hurricanes; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Arizona Coyotes; 16. Chicago Blackhawks

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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