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Super 16: Lightning again unanimous No. 1

Blues, Kings hold steady; Devils move up to No. 4

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning are once again a unanimous No. 1 in NHL.com's weekly Super 16 power rankings.

The Lightning are first in the Super 16 for the fifth consecutive week and the unanimous No. 1 for the second time this season. They also were ranked first by all 13 NHL.com staff members who participate in the weekly rankings on Oct. 26.

It's no surprise that the Lightning are No. 1 again. They lead the NHL in wins (14), points (30) and goals per game (3.89). They also are second on the power play (28.6 percent) and eighth on the penalty kill (84.1 percent).

Individually, center Steven Stamkos leads the League with 31 points, and right wing Nikita Kucherov is second with 30. Stamkos has the most assists in the NHL (23), and Kucherov has the most goals (16).

Video: TBL@LAK: Kucherov scores beauty on a breakaway

The St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings remained No. 2 and 3 for the third straight week. The New Jersey Devils moved up from No. 7 to No. 4.

To create the weekly Super 16, each participating NHL.com staff member puts together his or her version of what they think the Super 16 should look like. Those are submitted and a point total gets 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.

Check out how the rankings came together once the math was finished this week, and be sure to stay for the information about each team:

 

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (14-2-2)

Total points: 208
Last week: No. 1

Hit: The Lightning have scored on the power play in four straight games and in 15 of their 18 games. They haven't allowed a power-play goal in six straight games. They also have at least a point in eight straight road games (7-0-1) and are coming off their first road sweep of the three California teams since Dec. 4-7, 1994.

Miss: Nothing.

Video: TBL@ANA: Namestnikov nets rebound for PPG

 

2. St. Louis Blues (13-5-1)

Total points: 185
Last week: No. 2

Hit:The Blues have scored a League-high 46 goals after the first period.

Miss:They have allowed 12 goals in their past two games, a 5-2 loss to the New York Islanders and a 7-4 loss at the Calgary Flames.

Video: STL@CGY: Tarasenko rockets one-timer past Lack

 

3. Los Angeles Kings (11-5-2)

Total points: 157
Last week: No. 3

Hit: Anze Kopitar has three goals and eight assists during an NHL career-high nine-game point streak.

Miss: The Kings have blown a lead in each of their past two games, including in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday when they went ahead 2-0 early in the first period.

Video: VAK@LAK: Kopitar taps home a power-play goal

 

4. New Jersey Devils (11-4-2)

Total points: 154
Last week: No. 7

Hit: The Devils have been a strong comeback team. They are tied with the Blues for the best winning percentage in the League when allowing the first goal (.625); they each are 5-3-0 in those games. New Jersey leads the League for the most wins in games they trail entering the third period (three).

Miss: Forward Marcus Johansson remains out with a concussion. He is on injured reserve and has missed the past six games. Defenseman Mirco Mueller will have surgery to repair a broken left clavicle Thursday.

Video: NJD@CHI: Wood jams in PPG for his first hat trick

 

5. Columbus Blue Jackets (11-7-1)

Total points: 142
Last week: No. 6

Hit: The Blue Jackets are 4-0 in games decided in overtime and 6-1 in games decided after regulation.

Miss: They haven't scored more than one goal in regulation in four straight games and are 0-for-15 on the power play in their past six games.

Video: CBJ@MTL: Anderson cleans up loose puck in front

 

6. Winnipeg Jets (10-4-3)

Total points: 139
Last week: No. 5

Hit: Blake Wheeler has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in eight home games. He has 10 points (all assists) in nine road games.

Miss: The Jets are 29th in the League in home penalty-kill percentage (69.2).

 

7. Nashville Predators (10-5-2)

Total points: 137
Last week: No. 8

Hit: The puck is going in and the Predators are winning. They've won five in a row and are shooting 14.76 percent in those games (22 goals on 149 shots). They were 5-5-2 in their first 12 games in part because they were shooting 8.04 percent (28 goals on 348 shots).

Miss: They'd be even better if Ryan Johansen found his scoring touch. Johansen has no goals in 17 games, but worse yet, he has 23 shots on goal, an average of 1.35 per game, down from his NHL career average of 2.22 per game entering the season.

 

8. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-7-3)

Total points: 121
Last week: No. 4

Hit: In addition to Sidney Crosby ending an 11-game goal drought, their 5-4 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday was their first win in a game they trailed entering the third period (1-6-2).

Miss: The Penguins have committed a League-high 91 minor penalties and are second in penalty minutes per game (12:48). They're 25th on the penalty kill (77.5 percent).

Video: BUF@PIT: Crosby nets rebound for power-play goal

 

9. Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0)

Total points: 119
Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Maple Leafs have won four in a row, and forward Mitchell Marner has seven points (one goal, six assists) in his past five games after he had six in his first 14.

Miss: Toronto had allowed a power-play goal in five straight games and in seven of its previous eight before holding the Boston Bruins to 0-for-4 on the man-advantage in a 4-1 win Saturday.

 

10. San Jose Sharks (10-6-0)

Total points: 91
Last week: No. 10

Hit: The Sharks have allowed the fewest goals per game in the League (2.25). They have allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of their past 14 games after giving up nine goals in their first two.

Miss: Their power play, which was 6-for-21 in their first five games, has four goals on 43 opportunities in their past 11 games.

 

11. Ottawa Senators (8-3-5)

Total points: 83
Last week: No. 12

Hit: Mark Stone has scored nine goals in his past nine games, including five during his four-game goal streak.

Miss: The Senators are 12-for-20 on the penalty kill in their past six games. They've allowed at least one power-play goal in all six games, including three in a 5-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Nov. 4.

Video: Global Series: Stone buries Karlsson's great dish

 

12. New York Islanders (9-6-2)

Total points: 48
Last week: No. 11

Hit: The Islanders are undefeated when scoring the first goal (5-0-0) and when leading after the first period (5-0-0).

Miss: They have scored the first goal in the fewest games of any team in the League and have had the lead after the first period in fewer games than 19 teams.

 

13. New York Rangers (9-8-2)

Total points: 46
Last week: NR

Hit: Pavel Buchnevich, who scored once in his first 10 games, has seven goals in the past nine games. He had a goal in three straight before being held off the score sheet in a 6-3 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Miss: Defenseman Brendan Smith, who signed a four-year, $17.4 million contract June 29, has been a healthy scratch for six straight games.

 

14. Calgary Flames (10-8-0)

Total points: 39
Last week: NR

Hit: The Flames won five of the last six on their seven-game homestand. They lost four of their first five home games this season.

Miss: Goalie Mike Smith did not dress for the game at the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday because of an upper-body injury sustained in a 7-4 win against the Blues on Monday.

 

15. Washington Capitals (10-8-1)

Total points: 36
Last week: No. 15

Hit: T.J. Oshie scored two goals in a 6-3 loss at Nashville on Tuesday, giving him three goals in his past three games after going eight straight without a goal and scoring one in his previous 11.

Miss: Nicklas Backstrom has been surprisingly quiet with three points, all assists, in his past 12 games. He won four of 16 faceoffs against Nashville on Tuesday.

Video: WSH@NSH: Oshie tips in Carlson's long shot for PPG

 

16. Vegas Golden Knights (10-6-1)

Total points: 29
Preseason rank: No. 13

Hit: The Golden Knights have a League-best plus-14 goal differential in the second period (25-11). The Lightning are second at plus-13 (26-13).

Miss: Their minus-10 goal differential in the third period (15-25) is 29th in the League, better than only the Arizona Coyotes (minus-16) and Dallas Stars (minus-12).

 

Dropped out: Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks

 

Others receiving points: Vancouver Canucks, 18; Anaheim Ducks, 5; Chicago Blackhawks, 5; Dallas Stars, 3; Carolina Hurricanes, 2; Minnesota Wild, 1

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Los Angeles Kings; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. Nashville Predators; 7. New Jersey Devils; 8. Winnipeg Jets; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. Minnesota Wild

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICK COTSONIKA

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

LISA DILLMAN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Nashville Predators; 4. New Jersey Devils; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. Winnipeg Jets; 8. Vancouver Canucks; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. New York Islanders; 11. New York Rangers; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Ottawa Senators; 16. Washington Capitals

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. San Jose Sharks; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Los Angeles Kings; 6. Winnipeg Jets; 7. St. Louis Blues; 8. New Jersey Devils; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. New York Rangers; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. Washington Capitals

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Nashville Predators; 4. Los Angeles Kings; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. New Jersey Devils; 8. Columbus Blue Jackets; 9. Winnipeg Jets; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. New York Islanders; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Washington Capitals; 16. Vancouver Canucks

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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