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Super 16: Behind Hawks, Kings and Sens on rise

Monday, 02.25.2013 / 1:00 PM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings
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Super 16: Behind Hawks, Kings and Sens on rise
There's no unseating Hawks for now, but this week's Super 16 rankings see the defending champion Kings and the plucky Senators making strong pushes.

Yes, the Chicago Blackhawks, who have yet to lose in regulation this season, are still atop the Super 16 power rankings as we most past the one-third mark of the season.

Making the biggest moves are the defending-champion Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators, who are still finding ways to win despite losing all of their top players besides captain Daniel Alfredsson. On the flip side of things, the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers have taken big dips after a forgettable week of play.

Here are the latest power rankings that are ruled by the Blackhawks.

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LAST WEEK COMMENTARY
1 1 Chicago Blackhawks: Is this the week the Blackhawks finally lose in regulation? They host a rested Edmonton team Monday after surviving a 1-0 win vs. Columbus on Sunday. Then starting Friday, they have three games in four nights at St. Louis, home against the Jackets again and at Detroit. They do have three days off after facing the Oilers.
2 2 Anaheim Ducks: With his 668th career goal Sunday, Teemu Selanne moved into a tie for 11th on the all-time list with Luc Robitaille, who works in the front office for the Los Angeles Kings, the team that faces the Ducks on Monday night. Selanne's 52 goals in 99 games against the Kings are his most against any team during his career.
3 3
Boston Bruins: The Bruins have been quietly winning games and have played a League-low 15 of them. Despite all that winning, the Bruins' 4-1 win vs. Florida marked their first three-goal victory of the season and the first time they led a team by three goals during any game this season. It's scary to think they're still not playing their best.
4 8 Montreal Canadiens: The Canadiens are 6-0-1 in their past seven with the only setback a 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders on Thursday. The Habs' seven-game point streak is their longest since they went 6-0-1 from March 6-20, 2010. That season ended with the Canadiens beating the Capitals and Penguins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs before losing to the Flyers in the conference finals.
5 6 Pittsburgh Penguins: Evgeni Malkin is out with a concussion after a scary crash into the boards because of a hit from the Panthers' Erik Gudbranson on Friday. Malkin has missed 66 career games due to injury or illness, and the Penguins are 36-24-6 in his absence. That's an impressive 97-point pace in an 82-game season without one of the world's best players.
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Vancouver Canucks: Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin are 1-2 in scoring for the Canucks with 19 points and 17 points, respectively, in 18 games. The last time they didn't finish 1-2 in team scoring was 2005-06, when Markus Naslund finished first with 79 points with Henrik (75) and Daniel (71) finishing second and fourth. The last time neither Sedin was in the top two was '03-04 (Naslund, Brendan Morrison).
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St. Louis Blues: After a five-game nightmare in which the Blues allowed 25 goals in five losses, they are back to their old selves defensively. They are 4-1-1 in their last six with goaltenders Jake Allen and Jaroslav Halak combining to allow 12 goals in that span. They have four days to prepare for a big home date with the juggernaut Blackhawks on Thursday.
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Toronto Maple Leafs: Think the Leafs are liking how the James van Riemsdyk-Luke Schenn trade is working out? JVR leads the Leafs in goals with 11, which are sixth-most in the NHL. That infusion of scoring is making the loss of Joffrey Lupul manageable. Schenn hasn't been a bust in Philadelphia or anything like that, but the Leafs would be starving for goals without Brian Burke's final trade as GM.
9 NR Los Angeles Kings: The champs are here. After sitting at the bottom of the standings thanks to a mix of poor play, bad luck and fewer games played than most teams, the Kings are 5-1-0 in their last six and have allowed eight goals in those games. They are just 19th in the real standings, but are 11th in points percentage and rising quickly.
10 NR Ottawa Senators: Instead of focusing on the cavalcade of injuries the Senators have suffered this season, let's focus on the players who have made this four-game winning streak possible. Ben Bishop has won three games, stopping 67 of 72 shots. Colin Greening has two goals and three assists. Jakob Silfverberg has a goal, two assists and a shootout winner.
11 5 New Jersey Devils: Is it time to worry in New Jersey? They've lost four of five and Martin Brodeur's back prevented him from playing Sunday. They have a goal differential of minus-1 and would be in bad shape if not for four losses after regulation. They have allowed 24 goals in their past seven games.
12 13 Detroit Red Wings: The Red Wings have been as inconsistent as any team in the NHL this season. They alternated wins and losses through their first five games, went 2-2 in their next four, then won three straight, but followed that with an 0-3-2 stretch. In back-to-back games this weekend, they beat the Preds and Canucks by a combined 12-3. Is this the start of a hot streak?
13 11 Nashville Predators: You and your buddies have just as many goals as the Predators in their past two games -- zero. Their last goal came in overtime Friday from Shea Weber against the Red Wings. Eight of the Predators' 19 games have involved a team being shut out. Unfortunately for the Preds, they have been blanked five times this season.
14 12 Carolina Hurricanes: Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has been held off the score sheet just four times this season, but his team's record in those games is 0-4. With Jeff Skinner out with a concussion, that leaves Jiri Tlusty as the team's second-leading goal scorer at seven. Until Skinner returns, Staal will have to carry an even bigger share of scoring load.
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Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning have put together three wins in five games, but goaltender Anders Lindback is going through struggles in his first season as a starter. He's 3-5-1 in February with a bloated 3.57 goals-against average and .872 save percentage. Things don't get easier, as the Lightning start a four-game trip Thursday with stops in Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey.
16 7 New York Rangers: Make it your business to know that with Rick Nash out of the lineup with an undisclosed injury, the Rangers have three goals in three games and are 0-2-1 without him. It's possible the Rangers will enter their four-game homestand this week without Nash, Dan Girardi (foot), Ryan McDonagh (head), Michael Del Zotto (lower body) and Arron Asham (concussion).

Just Missed: San Jose, Dallas, Phoenix, Minnesota, Philadelphia

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