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Super 16: Flames, Sharks make big jumps

Pacific teams crack top four, Predators rise in power rankings

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The top two teams in the Pacific Division moved into the top four of the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings this week.

The Calgary Flames jumped two spots to No. 3 and the San Jose Sharks moved up four spots to No. 4. The Vegas Golden Knights are No. 8, giving the Pacific Division three teams in the top half of the rankings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning maintained their spot as the unanimous No. 1 for a sixth consecutive week, and the Winnipeg Jets were No. 2 for a fifth consecutive week.

The Toronto Maple Leafs took the biggest tumble among the top eight teams, falling four spots to No. 7. The Carolina Hurricanes, who have played their way back into the Stanley Cup Playoff race by winning seven of their past nine games, replaced the Dallas Stars at No. 16.

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 latest Super 16, with some news and notes to follow for each team:

 

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (36-9-2)

Total points: 208

Last week: No. 1

Hit: The Lightning have lost consecutive games once this season (Nov. 10-13). They responded to a 5-1 loss at the New York Islanders on Sunday with a 2-0 win at the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Miss: They have allowed the second-most goals in the first period this season (54), behind the Chicago Blackhawks (63).

Video: CAR@TBL: Point nets PPG to give Lightning lead

 

2. Winnipeg Jets (30-14-2)

Total points: 187

Last week: No. 2

Hit: Backup goalie Laurent Brossoit is 7-0-0 with one shutout, a 2.26 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage in his past seven games. Forward Kyle Connor has five goals in his past six games.

Miss: Patrik Laine has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past 13 games. The forward is shooting 5.1 percent in that span (2-for-39).

Video: VGK@WPG: Brossoit impresses with three straight saves

 

3. Calgary Flames (30-13-5)

Total points: 167

Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Flames have an NHL-best plus-37 goal differential in the third period (74-37). Next best is the Nashville Predators' plus-19.

Miss: Defenseman Travis Hamonic has missed two games because of an illness in his family.

Video: ARI@CGY: Monahan, Gaudreau team up for goal

 

4. San Jose Sharks (28-14-7)

Total points: 165

Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Sharks have an NHL-best plus-18 first-period goal differential (61-43).

Miss: Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic (wrist) missed his seventh consecutive game Wednesday.

Video: PIT@SJS: Thornton scores in 1,000th game as a Shark

 

5. Nashville Predators (28-16-4)

Total points: 155

Last week: No. 6

Hit: Mattias Ekholm has scored an NHL career-high 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 47 games. The defenseman's previous high was 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 82 games in 2015-16.

Miss: The Predators are 0-for-12 on the power play in their past three games and 2-for-25 in their past eight games.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Ekholm ties it on astounding effort

 

6. Washington Capitals (27-14-5)

Total points: 133

Last week: No. 4

Hit: Alex Ovechkin needs five points to tie Sergei Fedorov for the most points in NHL history by a Russia-born player. The forward has 1,174 points (640 goals, 534 assists) in 1,049 games. Fedorov, a Hall of Fame forward, had 1,179 points (483 goals, 696 assists) in 1,248 games.

Miss: The Capitals have been outscored 13-4 in a three-game losing streak.

 

7. Toronto Maple Leafs (28-15-2)

Total points: 131

Last week: No. 3

Hit: The Maple Leafs are 89.3 percent on the penalty kill (25-for-28) in 12 games since Dec. 18 after going 78.2 percent (68-for-87) in their first 33 games.

Miss: They have blown a lead in three of their four losses this month. They had a 2-0 lead against the Colorado Avalanche and lost 6-3. They led 2-1 against the Boston Bruins and lost 3-2. They led 2-0 against the Minnesota Wild and lost 4-3. They also lost 4-0 against the Nashville Predators.

 

8. Vegas Golden Knights (28-17-4)

Total points: 120

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Brandon Pirri has at least one point in 10 of the 11 games he has played this season. The forward has 13 points (eight goals, five assists).

Miss: The Golden Knights are 0-for-11 on the power play in their past three games and 1-for-30 in their past 10 games.

 

9. Columbus Blue Jackets (28-15-3)

Total points: 112

Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Blue Jackets have won four in a row and are 12-3-1 since Dec. 6. They are in first place in the Metropolitan Division with 59 points and 28 regulation/overtime wins (ROW) in 46 games. They also haven't allowed a power-play goal in seven straight games (16-for-16).

Miss: Alexander Wennberg scored his only goal of the season Nov. 10. In 29 games since then, the center has 10 assists and 30 shots on goal.

Video: NJD@CBJ: Panarin chips in Savard's pass

 

10. Boston Bruins (26-16-5)

Total points: 98

Last week: No. 10

Hit: Tuukka Rask has 251 wins, one from tying Tiny Thompson for most by a goalie in Bruins history. Rask is expected to start against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Miss: David Backes was a healthy scratch for a 4-3 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. The forward has one goal in his past 14 games.

 

11. Pittsburgh Penguins (25-15-6)

Total points: 91

Last week: No. 9

Hit: Kris Letang is one goal from tying Paul Coffey's record for most by a Penguins defenseman. Letang has 107 goals in 726 games after scoring in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Tuesday. Coffey scored 108 in 331 games for the Penguins from 1987-91.

Miss: Forward Patric Hornqvist has missed three games with a concussion.

 

12. New York Islanders (26-15-4)

Total points: 62

Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Islanders have eight forwards with at least 10 goals this season: Anders Lee (16), Brock Nelson (16), Mathew Barzal (13), Anthony Beauvillier (12), Casey Cizikas (11), Josh Bailey (10), Jordan Eberle (10) and Valtteri Filppula (10). The Islanders haven't had at least eight players with at least 10 goals through 45 games since 1984-85.

Miss: Not much here considering they're 12-3-0 in their past 15 games and two of the losses were by one goal.

Video: NYI@NYR: Barzal takes advantage of line change

 

13. Montreal Canadiens (26-17-5)

Total points: 50

Last week: No. 15

Hit: Backup goalie Antti Niemi is 3-0-0 with a .962 save percentage and 1.67 goals-against average in his past three games.

Miss: Andrew Shaw has missed eight games with a neck injury and is on injured reserve. The forward has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 36 games.

 

14. Colorado Avalanche (21-18-8)

Total points: 33

Last week: No. 14

Hit: The Avalanche have scored 67 goals in the third period, second in the NHL behind the Flames' 74. 

Miss: Philipp Grubauer allowed 11 goals on 59 shots in his past three games.

 

15. Buffalo Sabres (24-17-6)

Total points: 22

Last week: No. 12

Hit: Rasmus Dahlin has a goal and five assists in a five-game point streak after scoring in a 4-3 overtime win at the Flames on Wednesday. The defenseman leads NHL rookies with 21 assists, and his 26 points are tied for second with forward Colin White of the Ottawa Senators behind center Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks (42).

Miss: The Sabres are 7-11-4 with a minus-13 goal differential (61-48) in 22 games since Nov. 29. They have scored on nine of 64 power-play opportunities in that span (14.1 percent).

 

16. Carolina Hurricanes (22-19-5)

Total points: 14

Last week: NR

Hit: Saku Maenalanen had two goals in a 6-2 loss against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and has three in the past two games. The rookie forward has four goals in eight games since being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Jan. 1.

Miss: The Hurricanes have allowed six power-play goals in their past four games, including three on as many opportunities by the Rangers. They're 19th in the NHL on the penalty kill at 79.0 percent.

 

Others receiving points: Dallas Stars 12, Minnesota Wild 7, St. Louis Blues 1

Dropped out: Dallas Stars (No. 16)

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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