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Super 16: Rangers take over first place

Highest-scoring team in NHL passes Penguins for top spot in rankings

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

A new No. 1 team has emerged in the NHL.com weekly Super 16 power rankings for a fourth consecutive week.

The red-hot New York Rangers, whose 72 goals lead the League and are 16 more than any other team, took over the top spot this week. The Rangers were ranked first by five NHL.com staff members and no worse than third by 11 of the 12 who vote on the Super 16 every week.

The Rangers knocked the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the top spot.

The rankings are calculated by a points-based system based on the votes of 12 staff members. Point values are assigned to each ranking. The point values are assigned as follows: 16 points for a No. 1 ranking, down to one point for a No. 16 ranking.

Video: NYR@VAN: Rangers score twice in 42 seconds

The staff members are getting closer to a consensus for which teams belong in the Super 16 on a weekly basis. Three of the 14 teams that didn't crack the Super 16 received points. Six teams that didn't get into the Super 16 last week received points, down from eight two weeks ago.

The Edmonton Oilers plummeted the furthest this week, going from No. 6 to No. 16 after four consecutive regulation losses. Three teams that weren't ranked last week moved into the Super 16 this week.

Here's where they all landed once the math was finished:

 

1. New York Rangers (13-4-0)

Total points: 179
Last week: No. 3
Hit: They keep scoring. The Rangers have scored at least three goals in nine consecutive games. It's no surprise that they're 8-1-0 in those games. They have scored five or more goals in nine of their 17 games.
Miss: Chris Kreider (upper body) and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) have missed the past two games. Each was out earlier in the season with a similar injury.

 

2. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-4-2)

Total points: 175
Last week: No. 1
Hit: The Penguins haven't been deterred by giving up the first goal or getting outshot, for the most part. They are 5-2-0 in games when they allowed the first goal and 5-2-1 when getting outshot.
Miss: They are 2-for-23 (8.7 percent) on the power play in seven road games.

 

3. Montreal Canadiens (13-2-2)

Total points: 169
Last week: No. 2
Hit: The Canadiens are 12-0-1 when they score the first goal.
Miss: Tomas Plekanec has two points in his past 13 games.

Video: FLA@MTL: Price makes superb save on Barkov in OT 

4. Chicago Blackhawks (11-4-2)

Total points: 167
Last week: No. 4
Hit: Patrick Kane has had as many as six shots on goal in four games this season, including in two of the past four. His 57 shots are 11th in the League. He was fifth last season (287).
Miss: The Blackhawks have gotten one goal from defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook through 17 games. They combined for 23 goals last season and 18 in 2014-15.

 

5. Washington Capitals (10-4-2)

Total points: 141
Last week: No. 5
Hit: The Capitals have scored first in 13 of 16 games. They were 9-2-2 in those games.
Miss: Goalies Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer have combined for a .900 save percentage after the first period (28 goals on 280 shots). In the first period, they have a .951 save percentage (eight goals on 164 shots).

 

6. Tampa Bay Lightning (10-6-1)

Total points: 128
Last week: No. 7
Hit: Nikita Kucherov has five points in the past two games, and his 21 points are tied for the League lead with Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets.
Miss: Captain Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during a 4-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. Forward Jonathan Drouin has missed the past seven games with an upper-body injury, and defenseman Anton Stralman has missed two in a row with an upper-body injury.

Video: TBL@DET: Kucherov nets his second goal for late lead 

7. San Jose Sharks (9-7-0)

Total points: 95
Last week: No. 9
Hit: The Sharks have allowed six goals on 124 shots in the first period (.952 save percentage).
Miss: They've allowed 16 goals on 146 shots in the second period (.890 save percentage).

 

8. New Jersey Devils (9-3-3)

Total points: 88
Last week: No. 11
Hit: Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid have allowed seven goals on 140 shots (.950 save percentage) during a five-game winning streak.
Miss: Forward Taylor Hall will miss 3-4 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday.

 

9. St. Louis Blues (8-6-3)

Total points: 82
Last week: No. 8
Hit: Vladimir Tarasenko has at least a point in six consecutive games (2-7-9), the second-longest streak in the League behind Stars forward Antoine Roussel's seven-game streak (3-6-9).
Miss: The Blues have lost four consecutive road games in regulation by a combined 22-7.

Video: BUF@STL: Schwartz fires a loose puck past Lehner 

10. Anaheim Ducks (8-6-3)

Total points: 70
Last week: No. 10
Hit: John Gibson had a much-needed strong performance Tuesday, when he made 33 saves in 4-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers. He had allowed seven goals on 36 shots in his previous two starts.
Miss: The Ducks are 0-5-3 when the opponent scores the first goal. They're also 0-3 in overtime, when they have allowed the winning goal an average of 73 seconds into the extra session.

 

11. Ottawa Senators (10-5-1)

Total points: 61
Last week: No. 15
Hit: The Senators are 3-0 in the shootout. Their shooters are 5-for-11, and their goalies are 10-for-12.
Miss: They are 0-for-14 on the power play in their past five games and 1-for-26 in the past nine.

 

12. Boston Bruins (10-6-0)

Total points: 60
Last week: NR
Hit: Tuukka Rask has allowed three goals on 101 shots in winning his past four starts since he allowed five goals on 24 shots in a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Nov. 5.
Miss: Forward Patrice Bergeron has no points in five straight games and no points in 10 of the 13 games he has played this season.

Video: BOS@COL: Krejci fires wrist shot past Varlamov in 1st 

13. Minnesota Wild (8-6-1)

Total points: 55
Last week: No. 12
Hit: The Wild are fifth in the League in home penalty-kill percentage (90.5 percent; 19-for-21).
Miss: They are 30th in road power-play percentage (7.1 percent; 2-for-28).

 

14. Winnipeg Jets (9-7-2)

Total points: 49
Last week: NR
Hit: The Jets lead the NHL with 25 goals in the third period.
Miss: They've needed all of those goals because Winnipeg has allowed the most goals of any team in the second period (24).

 

15. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4-2)

Total points: 37
Last week: NR
Hit: Zach Werenski's 13 points (five goals, eight assists) lead rookie defensemen and are tied for third overall among rookies. He is second in ice time per game among rookies (21:50).
Miss: Seth Jones has missed four consecutive games with a foot injury and is expected to miss at least another six.

Video: WSH@CBJ: Atkinson's wrister wins the game in OT  

16. Edmonton Oilers (9-7-1)

Total points: 36
Last week: No. 6
Hit: Despite losing four in a row, the Oilers have outshot the opposition in each of their past three games by a combined 115-84.
Miss: They've lost four in a row in regulation and have allowed the first goal in all four games. Edmonton has allowed the first goal in 11 of its 17 games and is 4-6-1 in those games.

 

Others receiving points: Florida Panthers 28, Dallas Stars 8, Los Angeles Kings 4

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

ARPON BASU
1. New York Rangers; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Ottawa Senators; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. New Jersey Devils; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Columbus Blue Jackets; 16. Florida Panthers

AMALIE BENJAMIN
1. New York Rangers; 2. Montreal Canadiens; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. St. Louis Blues; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Columbus Blue Jackets

TIM CAMPBELL
1. Montreal Canadiens; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. New Jersey Devils; 8. Ottawa Senators; 9. Minnesota Wild; 10. San Jose Sharks; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Florida Panthers

BRIAN COMPTON
1. New York Rangers; 2. Montreal Canadiens; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. New Jersey Devils; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Columbus Blue Jackets; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Minnesota Wild

NICK COTSONIKA
1. Montreal Canadiens; 2. New York Rangers; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. New Jersey Devils; 8. Columbus Blue Jackets; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. Minnesota Wild; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Anaheim Ducks; 15. Edmonton Oilers; 16. Winnipeg Jets

TOM GULITTI
1. Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. Montreal Canadiens; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. St. Louis Blues; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Minnesota Wild; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Winnipeg Jets; 16. Anaheim Ducks

ADAM KIMELMAN
1. Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. Montreal Canadiens; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. New York Rangers; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Winnipeg Jets; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. New Jersey Devils; 14. Minnesota Wild; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Ottawa Senators

ROBERT LAFLAMME
1. New York Rangers; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Montreal Canadiens; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. New Jersey Devils; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. St. Louis Blues; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Minnesota Wild; 16. Winnipeg Jets

MIKE G. MORREALE
1. Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. New York Rangers; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. New Jersey Devils; 10. Columbus Blue Jackets; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Minnesota Wild; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Edmonton Oilers; 16. Ottawa Senators

BILL PRICE
1. Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Montreal Canadiens; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Anaheim Ducks; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Winnipeg Jets; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. St. Louis Blues; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Minnesota Wild; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. New Jersey Devils; 16. Boston Bruins

SHAWN ROARKE
1. Pittsburgh Penguins; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Florida Panthers; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. New Jersey Devils; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Winnipeg Jets

DAN ROSEN
1. New York Rangers; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Minnesota Wild; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. New Jersey Devils; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Columbus Blue Jackets: 16. Ottawa Senators

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