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Super 16: Lightning stay on top

Blues move up three spots to No. 2; Jets, Canucks make first appearance in NHL.com poll

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning came within one point of being a unanimous No. 1 for the second straight week in NHL.com's Super 16 power rankings.

The Lightning were ranked first by 12 of the 13 staff members who participate in the poll. The St. Louis Blues, who came in No. 2 this week, up three spots from No. 5 last week, were ranked first on one ballot and second on nine more. Everyone had the Blues in the top three.

The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks each are making their season debut in the Super 16. The San Jose Sharks are back in; they haven't been ranked since they were No. 15 in the preseason Super 16, which ran Oct. 4.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and New Jersey Devils each moved up four spots to get into the top five. The New York Islanders made the biggest jump, up five spots to No. 7. The Toronto Maple Leafs fell five spots to No. 8.

The Chicago Blackhawks had the biggest drop, falling 10 spots to No. 16.

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 rankings 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 the team picked 16th getting 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 (10-2-1)

Total points: 207
Last week: No. 1

Hit: Rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev continues to impress. He has 11 points (four goals, seven assists), including nine (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games. He has scored two game-winning goals.

Miss: If there is one complaint, it's backup goalie Peter Budaj, who has struggled in his two starts, allowing four goals in each. The 35-year-old has a 4.00 goals-against average and .855 save percentage.

Video: TBL@FLA: Stamkos fires scorching power-play goal

 

2. St. Louis Blues (10-2-1)

Total points: 193
Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Blues have gotten a League-high 14 goals from defensemen.

Miss: They are 2-for-22 on the power play in their past eight games.

Video: CGY@STL: Pietrangelo pots PPG on perfect wrister

 

3. Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1)

Total points: 181
Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Kings have outscored the opposition 16-6 in the third period despite being outshot 132-116. They are 5-0-0 when tied entering the third.

Miss: Their power play is 1-for-19 in seven road games.

Video: LAK@MTL: Kopitar buries wicked wrist shot past Price

 

4. Columbus Blue Jackets (8-4-0)

Total points: 163
Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Blue Jackets are 4-0-0 in games decided after regulation, including 3-0-0 in overtime. Artemi Panarin scored the shootout winner to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Monday.

Miss: Panarin has one goal on 36 shots (2.6 shooting percent) and hasn't scored in the past eight games. He scored 61 goals the past two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, his first two in the NHL.

Video: BOS@CBJ: Birthday boy Panarin scores in shootout

 

5. New Jersey Devils (9-2-0)

Total points: 141
Last week: No. 9

Hit: Forward Brian Boyle played 15:19 in his season debut against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. He missed the first 10 games after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at the start of training camp. Boyle's condition is being treated with medication.

Miss: Forward Kyle Palmieri was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 22 with a lower-body injury. He has missed three games and did not travel with the Devils on their road trip, which began in Vancouver and continues with games at the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and at the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Video: ARI@NJD: Bratt steals the puck, sets up Hall in front

 

6. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-1)

Total points: 129
Last week: No. 4

Hit: Defensemen Justin Schultz and Matt Hunwick, each out with a concussion, have been skating and could join the Penguins during their road trip, which continues at the Flames on Thursday and ends at the Canucks on Saturday.

Miss: The Penguins are 0-4-0 in the second game of a back-to-back, with all four games coming on the road. They've been outscored 29-7 in those games. Their game at the Flames is the second of a back-to-back.

 

7. New York Islanders (7-4-1)

Total points: 103
Last week: No. 12

Hit: John Tavares has nine goals in the past five games, including two goals against the Vegas Golden Knights and hat tricks against the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes. The Islanders won all three games. He has 11 goals this season.

Miss: The Islanders have gotten three goals from defensemen.

 

8. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-0)

Total points: 102
Last week: No. 3

Hit: The Maple Leafs should be knocking on wood because of their fortunate health. They've lost four man-games to injury this season; two for defenseman Connor Carrick and one each for forwards James van Riemsdyk and Matt Martin.

Miss: Toronto was outshot in eight straight games (277-225 total) before tying the Anaheim Ducks 29-29 in a 3-1 win Wednesday. The Maple Leafs had 18 power-play opportunities in those eight games after they had 22 in their first four, when they outshot their opponents 165-124.

Video: TOR@SJS: Matthews cleans up a rebound in front

 

9. Vegas Golden Knights (8-3-0)

Total points: 96
Last week: No. 7

Hit: The Golden Knights have had the lead entering the third period in eight of their 11 games. They are 6-2-0 in those games and 3-0-0 in overtime games.

Miss: They are using their fourth goalie, Maxime Lagace, because of injuries to Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Malcolm Subban (lower body) and Oscar Dansk (lower body). The current backup is Dylan Ferguson, who is 19 and was recalled on an emergency basis from Kamloops of the Western Hockey League on Tuesday.

 

10. Ottawa Senators (5-2-5)

Total points: 79
Last week: No. 10

Hit: The Senators have scored 18 goals in the third period, third-most in the League behind the Maple Leafs (19) and Islanders (21).

Miss: The Senators have allowed 17 goals in the third period, tied with the Flames for third-most behind the Golden Knights (18) and Coyotes (23).

 

11. Dallas Stars (7-5-0)

Total points: 77
Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Stars are 6-for-13 on the power play in their past three games and 24-for-25 on the penalty kill in their past eight.

Miss: Center Martin Hanzal has one point, an empty-net goal, in 11 games. A lower-body injury kept him out of the lineup in a 2-1 win against the Canucks on Monday. He had an ankle injury in training camp.

 

12. Winnipeg Jets (6-3-2)

Total points: 69
Last week: NR

Hit: Connor Hellebuyck is looking like a No. 1 goalie for the Jets. He has allowed four goals on 97 shots in his past three starts and is 6-0-1 with a 1.91 GAA and .940 save percentage in eight games (seven starts) this season. Steve Mason has a 4.84 GAA and .872 save percentage in his four games, all starts.

Miss: The Jets have been held to two or fewer goals in five of their past seven games, but they did score seven against the Penguins and four against the Minnesota Wild.

 

13. Anaheim Ducks (6-5-1)

Total points: 62
Last week: No. 16

Hit: The Ducks began a stretch of nine of 11 games at home when they played the Toronto Maple Leafs at Honda Center on Wednesday. They do not leave California until they play at the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 27. The Ducks have two games at the San Jose Sharks and one at the Kings between now and Nov. 25.

Miss: Center Ryan Getzlaf was placed on injured reserve Tuesday because of swelling around his left eye, a result of getting hit in the face by the puck in a 4-3 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. Getzlaf will be re-evaluated Monday.

Video: ANA@CAR: Perry fakes shot, snaps home shootout winner

 

14. San Jose Sharks (7-5-0)

Total points: 40
Last week: NR

Hit: The Sharks were 40-for-42 on the penalty kill in their past 11 games.

Miss: Defenseman Brent Burns has no goals on 54 shots.

 

15. Vancouver Canucks (6-4-2)

Total points: 38
Last week: NR

Hit: The Canucks, who have two more games to play on their homestand before starting a four-game road trip, have the road to thank for their strong start. They have won three in a row and are 4-1-0 on the road this season. They allowed three goals in those four wins with two shutouts.

Miss: Defenseman Alexander Edler (nine games), forward Loui Eriksson (seven games) and defenseman Troy Stecher (four games) remain out, each with a knee injury.

 

16. Chicago Blackhawks (6-5-2)

Total points: 37
Last week: No. 6

Hit: The Blackhawks have a fairly favorable schedule through Thanksgiving (Nov. 23). They play eight games in the next 21 days, including four against teams not ranked in the Super 16 (Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Hurricanes, New York Rangers). Five of the games are on the road.

Miss: Patrick Kane has not scored and has two assists on the power play. He averaged 8.6 power-play goals and 25.2 power-play points per season in his first 10 seasons.

 

Dropped out: Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, Nashville Predators

Others receiving points: Philadelphia Flyers, 22; Nashville Predators, 11; Calgary Flames, 8; Washington Capitals, 7; Detroit Red Wings, 1

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

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

TIM CAMPBELL
1. St. Louis Blues; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Los Angeles Kings; 4. Ottawa Senators; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. New Jersey Devils; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Dallas Stars; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Chicago Blackhawks; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Vancouver Canucks; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Winnipeg Jets

BRIAN COMPTON
1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Los Angeles Kings; 4. New Jersey Devils; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Vancouver Canucks; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Anaheim Ducks; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Detroit Red Wings

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

LISA DILLMAN
1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Los Angeles Kings; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. New Jersey Devils; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Vancouver Canucks; 15. Washington Capitals; 16. Winnipeg Jets

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

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME
1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Los Angeles Kings; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. New Jersey Devils; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Dallas Stars; 10. Chicago Blackhawks; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Anaheim Ducks; 14. Ottawa Senators; 15. Vancouver Canucks; 16. Washington Capitals

MIKE G. MORREALE
1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Los Angeles Kings; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. New Jersey Devils; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. New York Islanders; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

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

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

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

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

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