Super 16: Panthers remain No. 1, Blues move up power rankings

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The Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes, the two undefeated teams in the Eastern Conference, are atop the Super 16 for the second straight week.

The Calgary Flames, winners of four straight road games, are No. 9 after not being ranked last week. The New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets also got in 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, who got one point. 

Here is the Super 16:

1. Florida Panthers (7-0-0)
Total points: 219
Last week: No. 1

The Panthers scored the first goal in each of their first five games before allowing the first goal in what became a 5-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday. They have won 13 straight regular-season games dating to last season.

2. Carolina Hurricanes (5-0-0)
Total points: 212
Last week: No. 2

The Hurricanes have tied their record for the longest season-opening winning streak (5-0-0 in 2019-20) and goalie Frederik Andersen is the first goalie in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history to win each of his first five games with the team. Carolina has outscored opponents 22-8.

3. St. Louis Blues (5-0-0)
Total points: 189
Last week: No. 10

The Blues have allowed 11 goals in five games. They’ve given up six in the third period, all after they built at least a three-goal lead. They have scored first in two of their five games but have won each of them by at least two goals.

Video: LAK@STL: Tarasenko scores second goal on breakaway

4. Washington Capitals (4-0-3)
Total points: 170
Last week: No. 5

Forward Alex Ovechkin is the only player in the NHL this season to score at 5-on-5, on the power play, shorthanded and into an empty net.

5. Edmonton Oilers (5-1-0)
Total points: 167
Last week: No. 4

The Oilers scored at least five goals in four straight games before a 5-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. However, goalie Mike Smith is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury. He is 2-0-0 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .920 save percentage in three games.

6. Boston Bruins (3-2-0)
Total points: 126
Last week: No. 8

The Bruins won their first two home games, 3-1 against the Dallas Stars and 4-3 against the San Jose Sharks. They play four of their next five games and nine of their next 13 at home.

7. Minnesota Wild (5-1-0)
Total points: 124
Last week: No. 7

Cam Talbot has won five straight games to start the season for the first time in his nine NHL seasons. He can tie Manny Fernandez for the Wild’s longest winning streak by a goalie to start the season if he wins his next start. Fernandez was 6-0-0 in 2002-03. Talbot has a 2.55 GAA and .906 save percentage.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins (3-1-2)
Total points: 113
Last week: No. 9

Courtesy of the Penguins: Since the start of the 2006-07 season, they have played 58 games without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup. They are 34-16-8 without the likely Hockey Hall of Fame centers, including 3-1-2 this season. Crosby (wrist) could make his season debut against the Flames at PPG Paints Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, ATTSN-PT, SNW, ESPN+, NHL LIVE). Malkin (knee) is expected to be out for at least the first two months of the season.

9. Calgary Flames (4-1-1)
Total points: 105
Last week: NR

Andrew Mangiapane has scored six goals in a four-game goal-scoring streak, including two in each of his past two games, and seven goals in six games this season. The forward has scored 12 goals in his past 10 games dating to last season, which he ended on a four-game goal-scoring streak. 

Video: CGY@NYR: Mangiapane scores second on late power play

10. Tampa Bay Lightning (3-3-1)
Total points: 101
Last week: No. 3

The Lightning have three wins despite holding a lead in one of the games, their 5-1 victory against the Penguins on Tuesday. Their previous two wins came in overtime. They did not hold a lead in any of their four losses.

11. New York Islanders (3-2-1)
Total points: 74
Last week: No. 13

Goalie Ilya Sorokin has faced the most shots in the NHL (209) but has a .933 save percentage, with a shutout in consecutive starts. Goalie Semyon Varlamov (soreness) could also be activated off injured reserve before the Islanders visit the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

12. Colorado Avalanche (2-4-0)
Total points: 49
Last week: No. 6

Nathan MacKinnon has scored six points (two goals, four assists) in a four-game point scoring streak. The center did not play in Colorado’s first two games of the season because he was in NHL COVID-19 protocol.

13. Buffalo Sabres (4-1-1)
Total points: 48
Last week: No. 14

The Sabres have outscored their opponents 13-5 after the first period, when they’ve been outscored 6-5 despite being plus-20 in shots on goal (72-52). They are 14-for-16 (87.5 percent) on the penalty kill.

14. New York Rangers (4-2-1)
Total points: 43
Last week: NR

The Rangers won four in a row on the road before returning home and losing 5-1 to the Calgary Flames on Monday. They were 13-for-13 on the penalty kill in road wins against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Predators and Ottawa Senators. But they are 3-for-26 (11.5 percent) with a shorthanded goal against on the power play this season.

15. Vegas Golden Knights (3-4-0)
Total points: 41
Last week: No. 11

The Golden Knights are 0-for-15 on the power play. They are the only team in the NHL without a power-play goal.

Video: VGK@DAL: Dadonov fires home shot in tight for OT win

16. Winnipeg Jets (3-2-1)
Total points: 40
Last week: NR

The Jets have won three straight games without forwards Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. Wheeler practiced Wednesday after he was removed from COVID-19 protocol, where he’s been since Oct. 18, and Scheifele has been in protocol since Oct. 21. Winnipeg is 5-for-12 on the power play in their past four games after going 0-for-8 in their first two, each regulation losses.

Others receiving points: San Jose Sharks 36, Philadelphia Flyers 18, Columbus Blue Jackets 16, Vancouver Canucks 7, Dallas Stars 4, New Jersey Devils 2

Dropped out: Toronto Maple Leafs (No. 12), Flyers (No. 15), Devils (No. 16)

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Colorado Avalanche; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Buffalo Sabres

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Edmonton Oilers; 3. Florida Panthers; 4. St. Louis Blues; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. New York Islanders; 16. Dallas Stars

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Edmonton Oilers; 4. St. Louis Blues; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Calgary Flames; 7. Buffalo Sabres; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. New York Islanders; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Vancouver Canucks; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Florida Panthers; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Calgary Flames; 9. Buffalo Sabres; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. Columbus Blue Jackets; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. New Jersey Devils; 16. New York Islanders

TOM GULITTI 

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Calgary Flames; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. New York Rangers; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Buffalo Sabres; 16. Vegas Golden Knights

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. St. Louis Blues; 5. Minnesota Wild; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Colorado Avalanche; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Buffalo Sabres; 16. New York Rangers

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Florida Panthers; 3. New York Islanders; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Edmonton Oilers; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Colorado Avalanche; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Minnesota Wild; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Winnipeg Jets

TRACEY MYERS 

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. New York Islanders; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Tampa Bay Lightning; 12. New York Rangers; 13. Buffalo Sabres; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Columbus Blue Jackets

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

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

DAN ROSEN 

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Calgary Flames; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Colorado Avalanche; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. New York Rangers

DAVID SATRIANO

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Edmonton Oilers; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. St. Louis Blues; 6. Calgary Flames; 7. Minnesota Wild; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Tampa Bay Lightning; 11. New York Rangers; 12. Buffalo Sabres; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Columbus Blue Jackets; 16. Dallas Stars

PAUL STRIZHEVSKY

1. Florida Panthers; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Edmonton Oilers; 4. St. Louis Blues; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Calgary Flames; 10. Buffalo Sabres; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. New York Islanders; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Tampa Bay Lightning; 16. Colorado Avalanche

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

1. Florida Panthers; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Boston Bruins; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Calgary Flames; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Tampa Bay Lightning; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. Philadelphia Flyers; 12. New York Rangers; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. Columbus Blue Jackets; 16. Winnipeg Jets

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