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Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Blackhawks finish atop Super 16

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 10:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are right around the corner, and the races are getting tighter and more heated with less than two weeks remaining on the schedule.

It's no different in the Super 16 power rankings, as the Chicago Blackhawks again reign supreme but positioning throughout is tightly contested. Outside of the slumping Minnesota Wild falling out completely this week -- they have lost three in a row and six of seven -- there's not much movement in the rankings.

How is each team shaping up with 13 days left in the regular season? Let's take a look:

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Blackhawks, Penguins remain League's top teams

Monday, 04.22.2013 / 9:26 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Chicago Blackhawks remain the class of the West while the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to reign supreme in the East.

But in this week's Super 16 power rankings, it's once again the Blackhawks who are on top.

The Montreal Canadiens take a tumble, while the Los Angeles Kings are looking like defending champions as the regular season winds down.

Here are the rest of this week's penultimate power rankings:

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Super 16 sizes up contenders' postseason pushes

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 9:36 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are right around the corner, and the races are getting tighter and more heated with less than two weeks remaining on the schedule.

It's no different in the Super 16 power rankings, as the Chicago Blackhawks again reign supreme but positioning throughout is tightly contested. Outside of the slumping Minnesota Wild falling out completely this week -- they have lost three in a row and six of seven -- there's not much movement in the rankings.

How is each team shaping up with 13 days left in the regular season? Let's take a look:

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Blackhawks return to top spot in Super 16

Monday, 04.08.2013 / 11:33 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Marian Hossa is back, and so are the Chicago Blackhawks atop the Super 16 power rankings.

Chicago is 2-0-1 with arguably their best overall forward back from an upper-body injury and the Blackhawks' 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Sunday clinched them a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Montreal Canadiens are the class of the East, as they continued their recent mastery of the Boston Bruins with a 2-1 victory Saturday, the Habs' third straight win against Boston this season.

How did the rest of the list shake out? Let's look:

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Red-hot Penguins stay atop Super 16

Monday, 04.01.2013 / 1:00 PM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins are two wins away from tying the NHL record for the longest win streak -- set by the 1992-93 Penguins -- and that has them atop the Super 16 power rankings for a second straight week.

They'll likely have to spend the foreseeable future without Sidney Crosby, however, as the captain and Hart Trophy favorite is out indefinitely with a broken jaw.

The Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild continue to inch upward, while the Anaheim Ducks' struggles have them sinking fast this week.

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Super 16: Streaking Penguins claim top spot

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 1:00 PM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

It's been a Western Conference squad sitting atop the Super 16 power rankings since the second week of the season, but a 12-game winning streak by the Pittsburgh Penguins has them slotted in the top spot this week.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks were the marquee matchup on the schedule last week, with the Ducks rallying for the 4-2 victory. But the Ducks dropped their next two games, while the Penguins have yet to lose in March.

The next three spots in the Super 16 are owned by Western teams. How does the rest of the list look this week? Let's take a look:

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Super 16: Ducks remain steadfast at No. 1

Monday, 03.18.2013 / 1:25 PM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

For the second-straight week, the Anaheim Ducks have narrowly edged the Chicago Blackhawks atop the Super 16 power rankings.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have moved up on the strength of a perfect week that came largely at the expense of the Boston Bruins, who dropped two spots.

With the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks breaking through this week, four of the top 15 teams in the ranking are Canadian-based franchises.

Let's take a look at the rest of the rankings, which include a New York team few thought would be hanging around this close to the Stanley Cup Playoff picture this late in the season:

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Super 16: Ducks claim top spot, Jackets in equation

Monday, 03.11.2013 / 1:00 PM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that the Chicago Blackhawks have finally lost two regulation games, they've dropped from the top spot in the Super 16 power rankings. They had a decent run, sure, but it's time to take them down a peg.

The Anaheim Ducks have been quietly lurking in the Blackhawks' shadow all season, and with one regulation loss in 14 games and two since Feb. 1, it's finally time to push them to the top of the list.

There's also a new face near the bottom not many expected to be on this list at any point this season. The Columbus Blue Jackets have a seven-game points streak and five-game winning streak, and are pushing their way up the Western Conference standings.

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Super 16: Wild, Sharks, Stars join the party

Monday, 03.04.2013 / 1:00 PM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

As we reach the halfway point of the season, it's still the Chicago Blackhawks and everyone else. Their season-long unbeaten streak has reached 22 games and it's the same teams battling for position off in the distance.

There are some new teams at the bottom of the Super 16 power rankings this week -- the Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks -- but there's not much movement at the top.

Here's the complete list, one that no longer contains the New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning:

RANK TEAM
LAST WEEK COMMENTARY
1 1 Chicago Blackhawks: Now that the streak has reached 22 games to start this season -- and 28 games dating to the end of last season -- the Blackhawks are almost halfway through the season without a regulation loss. The Blackhawks' 19-0-3 start equates to a 33-0-5 start in an 82-game season.
2 2 Anaheim Ducks: How much bigger of a story would the Ducks be right now if not for the mighty Blackhawks? They are running away in the Pacific, have nine players with at least five goals and are averaging more goals per game than Chicago. Can we just ship Bruce Boudreau the Jack Adams Trophy now?

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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

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.

RANK TEAM
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.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday