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Super 16: Lightning again unanimous No. 1

Stay first for 13th consecutive week; Golden Knights remain second, Capitals move up to third

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning should be the envy of the other 30 teams.

A day after three Tampa Bay players joined captain Steven Stamkos on the Atlantic Division roster for 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, an event that will be hosted by the Lightning at Amalie Arena on Jan. 27-28, the best team in the NHL once again is the unanimous No. 1 in NHL.com's Super 16 power rankings.

The Lightning are No. 1 for the 13th consecutive week and a unanimous No. 1 for the second time in the past three weeks.

We, of course, think this honor is more than enough reason for the Lightning's all-star group of Stamkos, right wing Nikita Kucherov, defenseman Victor Hedman, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and coach Jon Cooper to celebrate. We're also biased toward our Super 16.

Video: Dan Rosen goes over his latest Super 16 rankings

To create the Super 16, each of the 13 NHL.com staff members participating this week put together his or her version of what they think the Super 16 should look like. Those were submitted and a point total was assigned to each.

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

 

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (31-9-3)

Total points: 208
Last week: No. 1

Hit: Tyler Johnson, who had a hat trick in a 5-4 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, has 12 goals in 17 games since Dec. 2. It's a major turnaround from the start of the season, when he had four goals in the first 25 games.

Miss: Forward Ondrej Palat has no goals in 20 games since Nov. 28. He has 14 assists in that span though.

Video: CAR@TBL: Johnson nets three for third NHL hat trick

 

2. Vegas Golden Knights (29-10-2)

Total points: 184
Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Golden Knights lead the League with a .737 winning percentage in games decided by one goal (14-3-2). Their 14 wins by one goal are tied for most in the League with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Vegas is 6-0 in games decided in overtime and 2-2 in games decided in the shootout.

Miss: They play 10 of their next 13 games on the road, where they are 11-8-1. The Golden Knights are 18-2-1 at T-Mobile Arena.

Video: NYR@VGK: Fleury denies Zibanejad, Skjei in front

 

3. Washington Capitals (27-13-3)

Total points: 171
Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Capitals are 6-2 in games decided in overtime despite being outshot 31-20. They have a 30.0 shooting percentage and a .935 save percentage.

Miss: Forward Jakub Vrana has no points in seven games since Dec. 23, and in 10 games since Dec. 16, he has two assists.

 

4. Winnipeg Jets (26-11-7)

Total points: 170
Last week: No. 6

Hit: The Jets are 6-0-1 in seven games since the Christmas break, and they have scored at least one power-play goal in six straight games (9-for-23, 39.1 percent). In addition, all-star forward Blake Wheeler has 11 points (five goals, six assists) during a seven-game point streak, and all-star goalie Connor Hellebuyck is 7-0-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in nine games since Dec. 17.

Miss: Nothing right now.

Video: BUF@WPG: Wheeler snaps power-play goal past Johnson

 

5. Nashville Predators (25-11-6)

Total points: 166
Last week: No. 4

Hit: Defenseman P.K. Subban has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 13 games since Dec. 13 and had at least one point in 10 of those 13 games. He will be the captain for the Central Division at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay (Jan. 27-28).

Miss: Forward Kevin Fiala has no points in eight games since Dec. 23 after scoring a goal in five straight games and in eight of nine from Dec. 2-21. Kyle Turris, who is the center on Fiala's line, has two points (one goal, one assist) in the past 10 games.

 

6. Los Angeles Kings (24-13-5)

Total points: 134
Last week: No. 3

Hit: All-star defenseman Drew Doughty's next goal will be his 100th in the NHL and will put him second in Kings history among defensemen behind their general manager, Rob Blake, who scored 161 goals in 805 games with Los Angeles. Doughty has played 730 games for the Kings.

Miss: Jonathan Quick has allowed eight goals on 61 shots in his past two games, and center Anze Kopitar has no goals in eight games since Dec. 18. Each will join Doughty at the All-Star Game.

 

7. Boston Bruins (23-10-7)

Total points: 130
Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Bruins are 13-1-3 with a plus-33 goal differential (66-33) in 17 games against Eastern Conference opponents since Nov. 22. They were 0-3-3 with a minus-8 goal differential (14-22) in their first six games against the East.

Miss: Defenseman Brandon Carlo ended a 22-game point drought with an assist in a 6-5 overtime loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. He is averaging 18:54 of ice time per game.

Video: CAR@BOS: Bergeron leads the way with four goals

 

8. St. Louis Blues (26-17-3)

Total points: 106
Last week: No. 7

Hit: Ivan Barbashev has five points (one goal, four assists) in the past three games. He had no points in his first 14 games this season after he had 12 (five goals, seven assists) in 30 games in 2016-17.

Miss: Jake Allen has started two of six games since Dec. 30 and has allowed five goals in each. He has an .836 save percentage in those games (51 saves on 61 shots). He was pulled during the second period after allowing five goals on 23 shots in a 7-4 loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. He is 1-8-0 with a 3.38 GAA and .896 save percentage in nine starts since Dec. 12.

 

9. Columbus Blue Jackets (25-16-3)

Total points: 101
Last week: No. 11

Hit: Artemi Panarin and Pierre-Luc Dubois have combined for 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 21 games since Nov. 27.

Miss: Forward Boone Jenner has two goals in 31 games since Nov. 4. He has four goals in 37 games this season after scoring 18 in 82 games last season.

 

10. Toronto Maple Leafs (25-17-3)

Total points: 91
Last week: No. 13

Hit: William Nylander has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 11 games since Dec. 19.

Miss: Forward Patrick Marleau had no points in five straight games, and forward Mitchell Marner has two assists in the past seven games.

Video: CBJ@TOR: Nylander snipes PPG past Bobrovsky

 

11. New Jersey Devils (22-11-8)

Total points: 84
Last week: No. 8

Hit: Forward Taylor Hall, named to the All-Star Game on Wednesday, has six points (three goals, three assists) during a three-game point streak, including a goal in each game.

Miss: The Devils have allowed 19 goals during a five-game losing streak. They have lost twice in the shootout and once in overtime.

 

12. New York Rangers (22-15-5)

Total points: 62
Last week: No. 10

Hit: Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec have combined for a .947 save percentage (449 saves on 474 shots) in 13 games since Dec. 11.

Miss: The Rangers haven't scored more than two goals in regulation in seven games since Dec. 21, when they lost 4-3 in a shootout against the Devils.

 

13. Dallas Stars (24-16-3)

Total points: 59
Last week: No. 14

Hit: Forward Alexander Radulov has nine points (four goals, five assists) in five games since Dec. 29. He had a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Miss: The Stars are the only team in the NHL that doesn't have at least one point in a game it has trailed entering the third period (0-12-0).

Video: NJD@DAL: Radulov notches 15th goal after takeaway

 

14. San Jose Sharks (21-13-6)

Total points: 48
Last week: No. 12

Hit: Brent Burns leads NHL defensemen with 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 21 games since Nov. 22.

Miss: The Sharks, who have lost three games in a row (0-1-2), have allowed a power-play goal in six straight games; they're 14-for-20 on the penalty kill (70.0 percent) during that stretch.

 

15. Chicago Blackhawks (21-16-6)

Total points: 26
Last week: NR

Hit: Jonathan Toews had five goals and four assists during a five-game point streak, including two points in four of them, before being kept off the score sheet in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. Vinnie Hinostroza, who is playing on Toews' line, had two goals and six assists during a six-game point streak that ended against the Wild.

Miss: Goaltender Corey Crawford (upper body) missed his eighth consecutive game because of injury Wednesday. Forward Artem Anisimov (upper body) has missed seven in a row.

 

16. Calgary Flames (22-16-4)

Total points: 9
Last week: NR

Hit: The Flames are on a four-game winning streak for the first time this season. Two of the wins came in overtime. They are 6-1 in games decided in overtime. Micheal Ferland has scored a goal in three straight games, giving him an NHL career-high 18 in 41 games.

Miss: The Flames are 0-for-12 on the power play in their past three games, going 0-for-4 each game. They are, however, 10-for-10 on the penalty kill, a big reason why they have won them all.

Video: ANA@CGY: Ferland slams home Gaudreau's nifty dish

 

Dropped out: Anaheim Ducks (No. 15), New York Islanders (No. 16)

Others receiving points: Pittsburgh Penguins, 8; New York Islanders, 6; Anaheim Ducks, 3; Colorado Avalanche, 2

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Los Angeles Kings; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. St. Louis Blues; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. New York Rangers; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. Calgary Flames

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Nashville Predators; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Los Angeles Kings; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Columbus Blue Jackets; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. New York Rangers; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Chicago Blackhawks; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. San Jose Sharks

NICK COTSONIKA

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. Los Angeles Kings; 8. New Jersey Devils; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. New York Rangers; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Colorado Avalanche; 16. Calgary Flames

LISA DILLMAN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Columbus Blue Jackets; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. Los Angeles Kings; 11. New York Rangers; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Anaheim Ducks

TOM GULITTI

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Los Angeles Kings; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. New Jersey Devils; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. Calgary Flames

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Winnipeg Jets; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Los Angeles Kings; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. St. Louis Blues; 11. New York Rangers; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Chicago Blackhawks; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. New Jersey Devils

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Los Angeles Kings; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. San Jose Sharks; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. New Jersey Devils; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Chicago Blackhawks

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Los Angeles Kings; 6. Winnipeg Jets; 7. New Jersey Devils; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. New York Rangers; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Columbus Blue Jackets; 14. New York Islanders; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Chicago Blackhawks

BILL PRICE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Winnipeg Jets; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Los Angeles Kings; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. New Jersey Devils; 11. Columbus Blue Jackets; 12. Chicago Blackhawks; 13. New York Rangers; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Dallas Stars

SHAWN ROARKE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Nashville Predators; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Los Angeles Kings; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. New Jersey Devils; 11. New York Rangers; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Anaheim Ducks; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

DAN ROSEN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Los Angeles Kings; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Chicago Blackhawks; 13. New York Rangers; 14. New Jersey Devils; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

MIKE ZEISBERGER

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Los Angeles Kings; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. St. Louis Blues; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. Columbus Blue Jackets; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Chicago Blackhawks; 15. New York Rangers; 16. Calgary Flames

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