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Super 16: Blues return to power rankings for first time since October

Blue Jackets climb to No. 11; Lightning remain unanimous No. 1

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Super 16 Power Rankings

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The St. Louis Blues have used a seven-game winning streak to get back into the Stanley Cup Playoff race and into the Super 16 rankings (No. 15) for the first time since the opening week of the season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets were the other big gainer this week, rising three spots to No. 11.

The Tampa Bay Lightning remained the unanimous No. 1 choice with the San Jose Sharks climbing two spots to No.2. The Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs rounded out the top five.

To create the power rankings, each of the 13 staff members puts together his or her version of what the Super 16 should look like. Those are submitted and a point total is assigned to each.

The team picked first is given 16 points, second gets 15, third gets 14 and so on down to No. 16, which gets one point.

Here is the latest Super 16:

 

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (42-11-4)

Total points: 208

Last week: No. 1

Hit: After being limited to no goals and six assists in 10 games, forward Nikita Kucherov has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past two games for the Lightning, 5-0-2 in their past seven games.

Miss: None

Video: CGY@TBL: Kucherov beats Rittich through traffic

 

2. San Jose Sharks (34-16-7)

Total points: 187

Last week: No. 4

Hit: Forward Evander Kane has seven points (five goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak. The Sharks have won six straight and have allowed two goals in each of their past five games. 

Miss: Defenseman Erik Karlsson has missed eight straight games with a lower-body injury and has not played since he took part in the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game; he's day to day.

Video: SJS@VAN: Kane pads Sharks' lead with second goal

 

3. Winnipeg Jets (36-18-3)

Total points: 184

Last week: No. 3

Hit: Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien returned Feb. 7 after missing 15 games because of a lower-body injury.

Miss: Goalie Connor Hellebuyck, last season's Vezina Trophy runner-up, has allowed at least three goals in seven of his past eight starts.

Video: NYR@WPG: Copp sneaks shot past Lundqvist for lead

 

4. Calgary Flames (34-16-6)

Total points: 169

Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Flames have five players with at least 55 points, including four with at least 24 goals (forward Johnny Gaudreau and center Sean Monahan, 29; forwards Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk, 24).

Miss: Calgary has lost three straight games for the third time this season, including being outscored 11-5 by the Sharks and Lightning. Tkachuk, their fourth-leading scorer, has no points in his past six games.

Video: CGY@TBL: Monahan snaps wrister top shelf

 

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (35-18-3)

Total points: 148

Last week: No. 6

Hit: Forward William Nylander has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past five games after having seven points (one goal, six assists) in his first 23 games this season.

Miss: Defenseman Morgan Rielly has one goal since Dec. 23 (19 games) after having 13 in his first 37 games this season.

Video: TOR@MTL: Nylander scores with sizzling wrist shot

 

6. New York Islanders (33-17-6)

Total points: 132

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Goalie Thomas Greiss is 4-0-1 in his past five games and has allowed three goals on 157 shots (.981 save percentage).

Miss: The Islanders, who have lost three of their past four on the road (1-2-1), play four of their next five games away from home.

 

7. Nashville Predators (33-21-5)

Total points: 130

Last week: No. 5

Hit: Center Ryan Johansen (eight points; two goals, six assists) and forward Filip Forsberg (two goals, three assists) each has a five-game point streak.

Miss: The Predators are 3-for-48 (6.3 percent) on the power play in their past 14 games and rank last in the League on the power play (13.1 percent).

 

8. Boston Bruins (32-17-8)

Total points: 129

Last week: No. 8

Hit: Forward Brad Marchand has 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in a five-game multipoint streak.

Miss: Forward David Pastrnak will miss at least two weeks after sustaining a left thumb injury on Sunday.

 

9. Montreal Canadiens (31-18-7)

Total points: 90

Last week: No. 10

Hit: Forward Jonathan Drouin has nine points (three goals, six assists) and is plus-7 in his past four games.

Miss: Special teams have been a problem this season; the Canadiens rank 30th on the power play (13.5 percent) and 20th on the penalty kill (79.3 percent).

Video: WPG@MTL: Drouin beats Hellebuyck in tight

 

10. Washington Capitals (31-19-7)

Total points: 84

Last week: No. 9

Hit: Center Evgeny Kuznetsov has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past five games.

Miss: The Capitals play 10 of their next 13 games on the road, where they have 14 wins in 26 games this season.

 

11. Columbus Blue Jackets (32-20-3)

Total points: 74

Last week: No. 14

Hit: Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has won his past four starts and has allowed eight goals on 104 shots (.923 save percentage). 

Miss: Forward Nick Foligno has one goal in his past five games and three points (two goals, one assist) in his past 10.

 

12. Vegas Golden Knights (31-23-4)

Total points: 66

Last week: No. 11

Hit: The Golden Knights rank in the top five in the NHL in shots per game (33.5, third) and shots against per game (28.6, second).

Miss: Vegas is 2-6-0 in its past eight games and has scored two or fewer goals in regulation in six of them.

 

13. Pittsburgh Penguins (30-20-7)

Total points: 52

Last week: No. 12

Hit: Defenseman Kris Letang has eight points (two goals, six assists) and is plus-4 in his past seven games.

Miss: Already without defenseman Justin Schultz (fractured left leg), the Penguins will be without Olli Maatta indefinitely because of an upper-body injury.

Video: PIT@PHI: Letang sets club record with empty-net goal

 

14. Dallas Stars (29-22-5)

Total points: 41

Last week: No. 13

Hit: Center Tyler Seguin has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

Miss: Forward Valeri Nichushkin does not have a goal in 40 games this season, and goalie Ben Bishop has missed the past three games with a lower-body injury.

 

15. St. Louis Blues (28-22-5)

Total points: 39

Last week: NR

Hit: Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington is 10-1-1 with a 1.82 goals-against average and .927 save percentage for the Blues, who have a season-long seven-game winning streak.

Miss: Forward David Perron, who has a personal 13-game point streak (six goals, 10 assists), has missed the past nine games with an upper-body injury.

 

16. Carolina Hurricanes (29-22-6)

Total points: 25

Last week: No. 15

Hit: Forward Teuvo Teravainen has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and is plus-7 in his past 10 games.

Miss: Defenseman Justin Faulk has an NHL career-low 3.2 shooting percentage and has five power-play points this season after he had 19 last season.

 

Others receiving points: Buffalo Sabres 6; Minnesota Wild 2; Philadelphia Flyers 2

Dropped out: Minnesota Wild

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Winnipeg Jets; 3. San Jose Sharks; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Washington Capitals; 13. Carolina Hurricanes; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. St. Louis Blues

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. San Jose Sharks; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. New York Islanders; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Columbus Blue Jackets; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Buffalo Sabres; 16. St. Louis Blues

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Calgary Flames; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. Nashville Predators; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. Carolina Hurricanes; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Dallas Stars

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. San Jose Sharks; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

TOM GULITTI

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Pittsburgh Penguins; 14. Carolina Hurricanes; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Dallas Stars

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Winnipeg Jets; 3. San Jose Sharks; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Vegas Golden Knights; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Carolina Hurricanes; 16. Minnesota Wild

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Calgary Flames; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. San Jose Sharks; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Columbus Blue Jackets; 12. Montreal Canadiens; 13. Pittsburgh Penguins; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. Calgary Flames; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Montreal Canadiens; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Pittsburgh Penguins; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

TRACEY MYERS

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. New York Islanders; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Minnesota Wild

BILL PRICE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Calgary Flames; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Montreal Canadiens; 12. Columbus Blue Jackets; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Calgary Flames; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Carolina Hurricanes; 13. Montreal Canadiens; 14. Dallas stars; 15. Columbus Blue Jackets; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

DAN ROSEN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Calgary Flames; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Columbus Blue Jackets; 13. Washington Capitals; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Vegas Golden Knights; 16. Buffalo Sabres

MIKE ZEISBERGER

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Winnipeg Jets; 3. San Jose Sharks; 4. Calgary Flames; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Columbus Blue Jackets; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. Carolina Hurricanes; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. St. Louis Blues

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