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Super 16: Avalanche make big jump in weekly power rankings

Climb into top five; Capitals replace Bruins at No. 1; Coyotes, Panthers among teams to rise

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Washington Capitals are the new No. 1 team in NHL.com's weekly Super 16 power rankings.

The Capitals take over the top spot from the Boston Bruins, who held it for five consecutive weeks. Washington was ranked first by 12 of the 13 voters and was two voting points away from being a unanimous No. 1.

The Bruins, who are 0-2-2 in their past four games, dropped to No. 3.

The Colorado Avalanche, who defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 on Tuesday for their third win in a row, climbed seven spots to No. 5. They dropped nine spots last week because of a five-game winless streak (0-4-1).

The Arizona Coyotes moved up four spots to No. 7 after back-to-back shootout wins against the top two teams in the Super 16, the Capitals and St. Louis Blues.

The Florida Panthers also made a jump, moving up five spots to No. 9 after coming back from down 4-0 to defeat the Bruins 5-4 in the shootout Tuesday.

To create the power rankings, each of the 13 participating 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. Washington Capitals (14-2-4)

Total points: 206

Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Capitals had at least one player score at least two goals in nine straight games before their 2-1 shootout win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

Miss: Carl Hagelin has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. The forward has five assists in 17 games.

Video: ARI@WSH: Oshie slams home rebound for game-tying goal

 

2. St. Louis Blues (12-3-4)

Total points: 187

Last week: No. 3

Hit: The Blues are 8-0-4 in games decided by one goal. They lead the NHL in one-goal wins.

Miss: In addition to forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who was to be out at least five months following shoulder surgery Oct. 29, the Blues also are without forward Alexander Steen, who is out at least three more weeks with an ankle injury.

Video: ARI@STL: Schwartz buries rebound to kick off scoring

 

3. Boston Bruins (11-3-4)

Total points: 182

Last week: No. 1

Hit: Brad Marchand has had at least one point in all 10 of Boston's home games, totaling 19 points (six goals, 13 assists). He's the seventh player in Bruins history to have a home point streak of at least 10 games to start a season and first since Bobby Orr in 1974-75.

Miss: The Bruins are 0-4 in games decided after regulation, including one in overtime and three in the shootout.

Video: FLA@BOS: Pastrnak slings puck home for opening goal


 
4. New York Islanders (13-3-1)

Total points: 175

Last week: No. 4

Hit: The Islanders are 6-2-0 when their opponent scores first. The six wins are tied for first in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.

Miss: They were 0-for-12 on the power play in their previous six games before going 2-for-3 in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

 

5. Colorado Avalanche (11-5-2)

Total points: 137

Last week: No. 12

Hit: Cale Makar has scored four times in a three-game goal streak and became the eighth rookie defenseman in NHL history to score the game-winning goal in consecutive games (Nov. 9 against Columbus Blue Jackets, Tuesday against Winnipeg Jets). He's the first to do it since Oliver Lauridsen for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012-13.

Miss: Goalie Philipp Grubauer has missed the past three games and is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.

Video: COL@WPG: MacKinnon streaks in and scores second goal

 

6. Edmonton Oilers (12-6-2)

Total points: 129

Last week: No. 6

Hit: Forward Leon Draisaitl has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) during a 10-game point streak.

Miss: Mike Smith has allowed nine goals on 48 shots in his past two starts.

 

7. Arizona Coyotes (11-6-2)

Total points: 102

Last week: No. 11

Hit: The Coyotes have earned 16 points on the road (7-2-2), second in the NHL behind the Capitals, who have 19 (9-1-1).

Miss: They are 3-for-32 on the power play (9.4 percent) in their past 11 games.

Video: ARI@STL: Garland picks the corner for shootout win

 

8. Nashville Predators (9-6-3)

Total points: 98

Last week: No. 5

Hit: Filip Forsberg has four goals and two assists during a five-game point streak, and he has scored one goal in four straight. The forward has had at least one point in 11 of the 12 games he's played this season and has scored in nine.

Miss: Pekka Rinne has allowed nine goals on 47 shots in his past two starts. The Predators are 1-3-2 in their past six games.

 

9. Florida Panthers (9-4-5)

Total points: 72

Last week: No. 14

Hit: Jonathan Huberdeau (four goals, seven assists) and Aleksander Barkov (five goals, six assists) each has a six-game point streak. The Panthers are 4-1-1 in those games.

Miss: The Panthers have allowed at least four goals in three of their past four games.

Video: FLA@BOS: Panthers erase 4-0 deficit, win in SO

 

10. Vegas Golden Knights (9-8-3)

Total points: 70

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Marc-Andre Fleury needs two wins to become the seventh goalie in NHL history to reach 450. He will join Martin Brodeur (691), Patrick Roy (551), Roberto Luongo (489), Ed Belfour (484), Curtis Joseph (454) and Henrik Lundqvist (453).

Miss: The Golden Knights are minus-13 in 5-on-5 goal differential (33-46). They are also minus-13 in total goal differential after the first period (29-42).


 
11. Vancouver Canucks (10-6-3)

Total points: 60

Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Canucks are 4-for-6 on the power play in their past two games, including 3-for-3 in a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. They have scored at least three power-play goals three times this season.

Miss: They have allowed at least one power-play goal in four straight games, going 8-for-13 on the penalty kill (61.5 percent).

 

12. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-2)

Total points: 55

Last week: No. 16

Hit: The Penguins scored a power-play goal in their 3-2 overtime loss at the New York Rangers on Tuesday, ending an 0-for-28 drought that started Oct. 13.

Miss: Center Sidney Crosby is out at least six weeks after he had surgery Thursday to repair a core muscle injury. Forward Patric Hornqvist (lower body) has missed the past four games, and defenseman Kris Letang (lower body) has missed three in a row.

 

13. Calgary Flames (10-8-3)

Total points: 54

Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Flames outscored the opposition 11-5 in the third period in their past seven games.

Miss: They were outscored 14-10 in the first and second periods of those games.

 

14. Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-3)

Total points: 52

Last week: NR

Hit: The Flyers are 5-0-2 in their past seven games. They generated 27 power-play opportunities (5-for-27) and were shorthanded 17 times (15-for-17) for a plus-10 differential and plus-3 special-teams goal differential in those games.

Miss: Center Kevin Hayes has no points in the past eight games.

 

15. Toronto Maple Leafs (9-7-4)

Total points: 48

Last week: No. 13

Hit: Auston Matthews has had at least one point in 15 of Toronto's 20 games, including at least two points in four of the past seven. He leads the Maple Leafs with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists).

Miss: Forward Mitchell Marner is out at least four weeks with an ankle injury. He is second on Toronto with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in 18 games.

 

16. Montreal Canadiens (10-5-3)

Total points: 43

Last week: NR

Hit: Carey Price is 7-2-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .927 save percentage in 10 starts since Oct. 17.

Miss: The Canadiens are 2-for-20 on the power play (10.0 percent) in seven games since Oct. 30. The two goals came in a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.

 

Others receiving points: Tampa Bay Lightning 37, Carolina Hurricanes 35, Buffalo Sabres 22, Dallas Stars 3, Winnipeg Jets 1

Dropped out: Buffalo (No. 9), Carolina (No. 10)

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. New York Islanders; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Nashville Predators; 8. Vancouver Canucks; 9. Arizona Coyotes; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Florida Panthers; 12. Montreal Canadiens; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Buffalo Sabres; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Boston Bruins; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Arizona Coyotes; 5. New York Islanders; 6. Edmonton Oilers; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Calgary Flames; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Buffalo Sabres; 13. Vancouver Canucks; 14. Carolina Hurricanes; 15. Tampa Bay Lightning; 16. Montreal Canadiens

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Washington Capitals; 2. New York Islanders; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Arizona Coyotes; 7. Philadelphia Flyers; 8. Colorado Avalanche; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Montreal Canadiens; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Vancouver Canucks; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Washington Capitals; 2. New York Islanders; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Philadelphia Flyers; 7. Edmonton Oilers; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Arizona Coyotes; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Tampa Bay Lightning; 13. Vancouver Canucks; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. Carolina Hurricanes; 16. Nashville Predators

TOM GULITTI

1. Washington Capitals; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. New York Islanders; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Edmonton Oilers; 7. Arizona Coyotes; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Montreal Canadiens; 11. Philadelphia Flyers; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Vegas Golden Knights; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Vegas Golden Knights; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Philadelphia Flyers; 12. Florida Panthers; 13. Arizona Coyotes; 14. Vancouver Canucks; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Winnipeg Jets

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. New York Islanders; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. Buffalo Sabres; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Carolina Hurricanes; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Vancouver Canucks; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. Tampa Bay Lightning; 15. Arizona Coyotes; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. New York Islanders; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Calgary Flames; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Tampa Bay Lightning; 8. Carolina Hurricanes; 9. Arizona Coyotes; 10. Colorado Avalanche; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Montreal Canadiens

TRACEY MYERS

1. Washington Capitals; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. New York Islanders; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Vancouver Canucks; 8. Calgary Flames; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Arizona Coyotes; 11. Montreal Canadiens; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Pittsburgh Penguins; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

BILL PRICE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. New York Islanders; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Arizona Coyotes; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Vancouver Canucks; 15. Tampa Bay Lightning; 16. Buffalo Sabres

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. New York Islanders; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Colorado Avalanche; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Tampa Bay Lightning; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Arizona Coyotes; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Florida Panthers; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Dallas Stars

DAN ROSEN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. New York Islanders; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Arizona Coyotes; 6. Edmonton Oilers; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Colorado Avalanche; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Vancouver Canucks; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. Montreal Canadiens; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

MIKE ZEISBERGER

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. New York Islanders; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Vancouver Canucks; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Tampa Bay Lightning; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Arizona Coyotes; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Buffalo Sabres

 

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