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Super 16: Stars, Penguins, Lightning climb in weekly power rankings

Capitals, Bruins, Islanders, Blues remain top four; Golden Knights, Canucks drop out

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

As long as the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to find ways to collect points without Sidney Crosby in the lineup, they will continue to climb up NHL.com's Super 16 power rankings.

The Penguins are 3-0-2 in their past five games and 3-1-3 in seven games without the center, who is recovering from core muscle surgery. They moved up three spots to No. 9 in the weekly rankings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, winners of six of their past eight games (6-2-0), moved up three spots to No. 12.

The Dallas Stars made the biggest jump, moving up four spots to No. 6. 

The top four teams are in the same order for the second straight week. The Washington Capitals are No. 1 for the third week in a row, edging the Boston Bruins by one voting point. The New York Islanders are third, and the St. Louis Blues fourth.

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 (16-4-5)

Total points: 195

Last week: No. 1

Hit: Jakub Vrana's 11 even-strength goals are tied for fourth most in the NHL this season with Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

Miss: The Capitals have allowed at least one power-play goal in three consecutive games, going 8-for-12 on the penalty kill.

Video: ANA@WSH: Vrana finishes his own rebound

 

2. Boston Bruins (16-3-5)

Total points: 194

Last week: No. 2

Hit: David Pastrnak became the first player in the League to reach 20 goals this season when he scored in a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. The right wing needed 22 games to get to 20 goals, the fastest by any Bruins player since Hall of Famer Cam Neely needed 19 to score 20 in 1993-94. He had his second hat trick of the season in an 8-1 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, giving him 23 goals.

Miss: Patrice Bergeron's lower-body injury will keep him out for at least one more game and possibly more. The center missed the game Tuesday and will not play against the Senators on Wednesday. He also missed consecutive games Nov. 16 and 19 before playing in two straight.

 

3. New York Islanders (16-4-2)

Total points: 183

Last week: No. 3

Hit: The Islanders had a team-record point streak of 17 games (15-0-2) before they lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. They went 9-0-2 in one-goal games, outscored the opposition 57-38 and had a penalty-kill percentage of 85.7 during the streak. 

Miss: They are 30th in the League in shot-attempts percentage (SAT) at 46.22, ahead of only the New York Rangers (43.60). 

 

4. St. Louis Blues (14-5-6)

Total points: 170

Last week: No. 4

Hit: David Perron has a four-game point streak (three goals, one assist). The forward leads the Blues with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists), including five game-winning goals.

Miss: The Blues are 0-3 in games decided in the shootout. They are 1-for-12 in the shootout with Perron scoring their lone goal in a 3-2 loss against the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Video: STL@NSH: Perron puts home his own rebound on the rush

 

5. Edmonton Oilers (16-7-3)

Total points: 152

Last week: No. 6

Hit: The Oilers' 4-3 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday was the first time since Oct. 18 and the third time this season they won a game without getting a goal in regulation or overtime from either Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl. They went 15 straight games with at least one goal from McDavid and/or Draisaitl before defeating the Coyotes.

Miss: Defenseman Matt Benning has missed three straight games because of a concussion and is on injured reserve.

 

6. Dallas Stars (15-9-2)

Total points: 140

Last week: No. 10

Hit: The Stars had won seven games in a row and were 11-0-1 in their previous 12 before a 3-0 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Miss: Nothing.

 

7. Carolina Hurricanes (15-8-1)

Total points: 122

Last week: No. 8

Hit: Andrei Svechnikov has an eight-game point streak (five goals, seven assists) and leads the Hurricanes with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) despite being ninth on Carolina in average ice time per game (16:34).

Miss: The Hurricanes are 1-for-12 on the power play in the past five games despite getting 25 shots on the man-advantage in that span.

 

8. Arizona Coyotes (14-8-3)

Total points: 111

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Phil Kessel is expected to play in his 800th consecutive game when the Coyotes host the Ducks on Wednesday. The forward hasn't missed a game since Oct. 31, 2009. He has the seventh-longest consecutive-games streak in NHL history.

Miss: Forward Clayton Keller has one point, an assist, in the past six games.

 

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (13-7-4)

Total points: 102

Last week: No. 12

Hit: The Penguins are on a five-game point streak despite not having Crosby (lower body), center Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery) and defenseman Kris Letang (lower body) in the lineup.

Miss: Pittsburgh is shooting 5.6 percent in the first period (15 goals on 267 shots). Only the Calgary Flames have a lower shooting percentage (4.2 percent) in the first period. The Penguins are shooting 11.5 percent after the first period (65 goals on 564 shots).

Video: CGY@PIT: Guentzel wins it with wrist shot in overtime

 

10. Winnipeg Jets (14-9-1)

Total points: 87

Last week: No. 11

Hit: Forward Nikolaj Ehlers has four goals in the past five games, and forward Blake Wheeler ended a nine-game goal drought by scoring in a 5-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Miss: The Jets are 1-for-13 on the power play in their past six games.

 

11. Colorado Avalanche (13-8-2)

Total points: 86

Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Avalanche have allowed a League-low 15 goals in the third period this season.

Miss: They have allowed a League-high 31 goals in the first period, including four in a 5-3 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

 

12. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-7-2)

Total points: 64

Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Lightning are 5-for-11 on the power play in their past three games, all wins.

Miss: Steven Stamkos has missed the past two games with a lower-body injury. The forward is day to day.

Video: BUF@TBL: Sergachev tees up PPG from the point

 

13. Florida Panthers (12-7-5)

Total points: 63

Last week: No. 9

Hit: Keith Yandle extended his consecutive games-played streak to 821 by playing in a 5-2 loss against the Sabres on Sunday, one day after the defenseman lost nine teeth when the puck struck him in the face during the first period of a 4-2 loss against the Hurricanes. He returned to play against Carolina too.

Miss: Backup goalie Sam Montembault allowed five goals in each of his three starts since Oct. 28 before being sent to Springfield of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. 

 

14. Philadelphia Flyers (12-7-5)

Total points: 32

Last week: NR

Hit: Carter Hart has allowed two or fewer goals in seven of nine starts this month for a 5-2-2 record, a .921 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against average.

Miss: The Flyers have scored two or fewer goals (not including shootout-deciding goals) in seven of their past nine games.

 

15. San Jose Sharks (13-11-1)

Total points: 20

Last week: NR

Hit: The Sharks are 9-1-0 in 10 games since Nov. 5. They have killed off 33 of 35 power plays in that stretch (94.3 percent).

Miss: They are at 14.8 percent on the power play (4-for-27) in their past 10 games.

 

16. Montreal Canadiens (11-8-5)

Total points: 17

Last week: No. 16

Hit: Defenseman Shea Weber has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 24 games and is on pace for 64 points this season. His NHL career high is 56 in 2013-14 with Nashville.

Miss: The Canadiens are 0-3-2 in their past five.

Video: OTT@MTL: Suzuki cleans up loose puck on power play

 

Others receiving points: Vancouver Canucks 12, Toronto Maple Leafs 8, Vegas Golden Knights 7, Nashville Predators 3

Dropped out: Golden Knights (No. 13), Canucks (No. 16)

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

1. New York Islanders; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Edmonton Oilers; 4. Dallas Stars; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Winnipeg Jets; 8. Carolina Hurricanes; 9. Arizona Coyotes; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. Philadelphia Flyers; 12. Tampa Bay Lightning; 13. Colorado Avalanche; 14. Florida Panthers; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. New York Islanders; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. St. Louis Blues; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Dallas Stars; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Arizona Coyotes; 11. Colorado Avalanche; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Florida Panthers; 16. Vancouver Canucks

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Edmonton Oilers; 5. Dallas Stars; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Winnipeg Jets; 8. Arizona Coyotes; 9. Carolina Hurricanes; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Colorado Avalanche; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Vancouver Canucks; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS

1. Washington Capitals; 2. New York Islanders; 3. Dallas Stars; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. St. Louis Blues; 6. Edmonton Oilers; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Arizona Coyotes; 9. Winnipeg Jets; 10. Pittsburgh Penguins; 11. Colorado Avalanche; 12. Montreal Canadiens; 13. Tampa Bay Lightning; 14. Florida Panthers; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

BILL PRICE

1. Boston Bruins; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. New York Islanders; 4. St. Louis Blues; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Arizona Coyotes; 9. Dallas Stars; 10. Florida Panthers; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Pittsburgh Penguins; 13. Tampa Bay Lightning; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. Vancouver Canucks

SHAWN P. ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

1. Boston Bruins; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. New York Islanders; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Dallas Stars; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Tampa Bay Lightning; 9. Winnipeg Jets; 10. Colorado Avalanche; 11. Arizona Coyotes; 12. Carolina Hurricanes; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. San Jose Sharks; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

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