Super 16: Capitals up to No. 3, Hurricanes remain atop power rankings

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The Carolina Hurricanes remain No. 1, with the Tampa Bay Lightning staying at No. 2.

But the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs switched spots, as did the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights, because some voters clearly had second thoughts from what they submitted last week.

The same 16 teams ranked last week are ranked this week.

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.

With minimal changes and updates required from last week, the final Super 16 of 2021 is more a celebration of the calendar year, complete with a key fact, stat or tidbit referencing an accomplishment by each of the 16 teams dating to the start of last season (Jan. 13).

Here is the (year in review) Super 16:

 

1. Carolina Hurricanes (21-7-1)

Total points: 217

Last week: No. 1

The Hurricanes have the NHL’s best points percentage (.724) in the calendar year 2021, at 57-19-5 in 85 games. Their 57 wins and 123 points are second behind the Golden Knights (61 wins, 124 points). Carolina allowed the fewest goals (196), excluding the Seattle Kraken, who are in their first season, and have the best penalty kill (86.5 percent).

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (21-6-4)

Total points: 211

Last week: No. 2

The Lightning have 73 wins in 2021 in the regular season (57) and Stanley Cup Playoffs (16), tying the Penguins (2013) for second in a calendar year in NHL history. The Chicago Blackhawks won 80 games in 2013. Andrei Vasilevskiy has an NHL-high 48 wins in 66 regular-season games in 2021, the same number of wins in the same number of games as Braden Holtby had with the Washington Capitals in 2015-16, when he matched Martin Brodeur’s NHL record for most wins in a single season. Brodeur set the record with 48 wins in 78 games in 2006-07.

Video: MTL@TBL: Palat nets winner in the 1st minute of OT

3. Washington Capitals (19-6-7)

Total points: 185

Last week: No. 4

Alex Ovechkin is fifth in the NHL with 46 goals in 77 games in 2021, and the forward scored 20 more goals than any teammate. His 90 points are 16 more than his closest teammate, defenseman John Carlson, who played 84 games.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-2)

Total points: 183

Last week: No. 3

Auston Matthews has scored an NHL-high 61 goals in 2021, including 20 in 27 games this season. The forward also is first in game-winning goals (16) and shots on goal (343). Jack Campbell leads the 32 goalies who played at least 40 games in 2021 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. Campbell has played 45 games and is 32-8-4 with five shutouts.

5. Florida Panthers (19-7-4)

Total points: 154

Last week: No. 5

The Panthers led the NHL with 14 overtime goals in 2021 entering Wednesday, with forwards Aleksander Barkov and Frank Vatrano each scoring three.

6. New York Rangers (19-8-4)

Total points: 138

Last week: No. 6

Adam Fox had the most assists (68) and power-play points (36) among NHL defenseman in 2021, and his 78 points were tied with Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning for most entering Wednesday.

7. Colorado Avalanche (17-8-2)

Total points: 137

Last week: No. 7

The Avalanche lead the NHL in goals (311) and goals per game (3.75) this year, and they’re averaging an NHL-high 4.22 goals per game this season.

8. Minnesota Wild (19-9-2)

Total points: 130

Last week: No. 8

Kirill Kaprizov leads the Wild with 87 points (39 goals, 48 assists) in 85 games in 2021. The forward has 27 more points than the next closest teammate (forward Kevin Fiala).

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (17-8-5)

Total points: 104

Last week: No. 10

Tristan Jarry‘s 40 wins in 2021 are second in the NHL behind Vasilevskiy’s 48. Jarry is 40-14-7 with a .918 save percentage and 2.42 goals-against average in 63 games (62 starts). He leads NHL goalies with six assists.

Video: PIT@NJD: Jarry makes save on Johnsson

10. Vegas Golden Knights (21-12-0)

Total points: 103

Last week: No. 9

The Golden Knights’ 61 wins and 124 points lead the NHL in 2021.

11. Nashville Predators (19-11-1)

Total points: 93

Last week: No. 11

Juuse Saros had a .926 save percentage in 2021, second to Campbell among the 32 goalies to have played in at least 40 games, and his 2.25 GAA was fourth entering play Wednesday.

12. Calgary Flames (15-7-6)

Total points: 70

Last week: No. 12

Andrew Mangiapane has scored a Flames-high 35 goals in 84 games in 2021, including 17 in 28 games this season. The forward scored 25 goals in his first 122 NHL games from 2017-20.

13. St. Louis Blues (18-9-5)

Total points: 66

Last week: No. 13

The Blues were 25.5 percent on the power play in the 87 games they played in 2021 before playing Wednesday. Only the Edmonton Oilers (29.1 percent) have been better on the power play during the calendar year.

14. Anaheim Ducks (17-9-6)

Total points: 57

Last week: No. 14

The Ducks needed 31 games to win 17 this season, matching their wins from 56 games last season, when they were 17-30-9.

15. Edmonton Oilers (18-12-0)

Total points: 34

Last week: No. 15

Oilers center Connor McDavid entered Wednesday leading the NHL in points in 2021 with 154 (50 goals, 104 assists) in 85 games. His teammate, forward Leon Draisaitl, was second with 133 points (54 goals, 79 assists) in 85 games.

Video: McDavid & Draisaitl come in at #3 for Stories of 2021

16. Boston Bruins (14-10-2)

Total points: 9

Last week: No. 16

Brad Marchand is eighth in the NHL with 40 goals in 2021, scored on 204 shots, tied for the 62nd.

Others receiving points: Dallas Stars 8, Vancouver Canucks 3, Winnipeg Jets 2

Dropped out: None

 

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

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

DAVID SATRIANO

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

PAUL STRIZHEVSKY

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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