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Super 16: Islanders, Blues jump into top four of weekly power rankings

Bruins stay No. 1; Lightning fall out for first time this season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders each made a big move in the weekly Super 16 power rankings.

The Blues, who won their sixth game in a row on Wednesday, moved up six spots to No. 3. The Islanders, winners of 10 straight, moved up four spots to No. 4.

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals remained No. 1 and No. 2 for the second straight week.

The Edmonton Oilers moved up five spots to No. 6, and the Vancouver Canucks made the biggest jump from last week, moving seven spots to No. 8.

The Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes each dropped four spots to Nos. 9 and 10. The Colorado Avalanche plummeted nine spots to No. 12.

The Tampa Bay Lightning fell out of the rankings for the first time this season. 

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. Boston Bruins (11-2-2)

Total points: 202
Last week: No. 1

Hit: David Pastrnak's 13-game point streak (15 goals, 15 assists) is the longest by a Bruins player since Phil Kessel had points in 18 straight games (14 goals, 14 assists) from Nov. 13-Dec. 21, 2008. The top-line right wing is the third player in Bruins history to reach 30 points in 15 or fewer games, joining Hall of Famers Phil Esposito (31 points in 13 games in 1973-74) and Bobby Orr (30 points in 14 games in 1974-75).
Miss: The forward depth is being tested because of injuries to Par Lindholm (upper body), David Backes (upper body), Joakim Nordstrom (infection) and Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia). Kuhlman has missed seven straight games. Nordstrom has missed five straight and seven of the past eight. Lindholm has missed four in a row, and Backes has sat out the past two.

Video: BOS@MTL: Pastrnak knots the score with one-time PPG

 

2. Washington Capitals (11-2-3)

Total points: 193
Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Capitals are 8-0-1 since Oct. 16, and forward Jakub Vrana has nine points (six goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak, including five goals in the past two. He had a hat trick in a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.
Miss: They've been better defensively of late, allowing three goals in their past two games, but the Capitals are still one of the 16 teams in the NHL allowing more than three goals per game (3.06).

Video: CGY@WSH: Vrana goes short side for second goal

 

3. St. Louis Blues (11-3-3)

Total points: 179
Last week: No. 9

Hit: Jordan Binnington is 6-1-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his past seven starts.
Miss: Nothing other than forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who is out at least five months because of the shoulder surgery he had last week.

Video: STL@VAN: Binnington makes huge save in overtime

 

4. New York Islanders (11-3-0)

Total points: 169
Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Islanders' 10-game winning streak is the second-longest in their history behind the 15 in a row they won in the 1981-82 season.
Miss: Forward Jordan Eberle has missed nine straight games with a lower-body injury, and forward Leo Komarov has been out for seven straight because of an illness.

Video: Islanders win 10 straight for 1st time since '82

 

5. Nashville Predators (9-4-2)

Total points: 154
Last week: No. 4

Hit: Pekka Rinne (8-0-2) is the first goalie 36 or older in NHL history to have a season-opening point streak of at least 10 games. 
Miss: Forward Mikael Granlund has no points in 10 straight games.

Video: CHI@NSH: Rinne makes 20 saves in shutout win

 

6. Edmonton Oilers (10-5-2)

Total points: 123
Last week: No. 11

Hit: Leon Draisaitl has at least one point in 15 of Edmonton's 17 games. The forward, who leads the Oilers with 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists), has at least two points in nine of the games.
Miss: The Oilers are 3-for-26 (8.7 percent) on the power play in their past 10 games. 

 

7. Vegas Golden Knights (9-5-2)

Total points: 113
Last week: No. 7

Hit: Vegas leads the League with 24 goals in the first period and is tied with Boston for best first-period goal differential (plus-9).
Miss: They have been outscored 18-11 in the second period.

 

8. Vancouver Canucks (9-3-3)

Total points: 100
Last week: No. 15

Hit: Elias Pettersson has 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in the past eight games. The second-year center leads the Canucks with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists).
Miss: Micheal Ferland has missed three straight games. The forward is in the NHL concussion protocol.

 

9. Buffalo Sabres (9-4-2)

Total points: 89
Last week: No. 5

Hit: Carter Hutton has allowed three goals on 65 shots in two starts since allowing six on 24 shots in a 6-2 loss at the New York Rangers on Oct. 24.
Miss: The Sabres haven't scored more than two goals in a game in five straight games (1-3-1).

 

10. Carolina Hurricanes (9-5-1)

Total points: 82
Last week: No. 6

Hit: Sebastian Aho has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the past six games. The center had three points (two goals, one assist) in Carolina's first nine games.
Miss: The Hurricanes have allowed 12 goals in the past three games, including nine in losing their past two.

Video: DET@CAR: Aho nets loose puck for second goal

 

11. Arizona Coyotes (9-4-2)

Total points: 76
Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Coyotes are 16-for-17 on the penalty kill (94.1 percent) in six home games this season, third in the NHL.
Miss: They are 21-for-29 (72.4 percent) on the PK in nine road games, tied for 26th in the League.

 

12. Colorado Avalanche (8-5-2)

Total points: 71
Last week: No. 3

Hit: Nathan MacKinnon has a total of 30 shots on goal in the past four games. The center has at least two shots on goal in every game this season and a streak of 166 consecutive games with at least one shot on goal. He has 72 shots on goal this season, second in the League behind Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (76).
Miss: The Avalanche are winless in their past five games (0-4-1). They have been outscored 18-7 in those games.

 

13. Toronto Maple Leafs (8-5-3)

Total points: 70
Last week: No. 12

Hit: The Maple Leafs have outscored the opposition 3-1 in the third period of their past two games, both wins (4-3 in a shootout against the Philadelphia Flyers and 3-1 against the Los Angeles Kings).
Miss: They are 2-for-27 on the power play (7.4 percent) in their past nine games.

 

14. Florida Panthers (7-3-4)

Total points: 41
Last week: No. 16

Hit: The Panthers have scored at least four goals in seven of nine games since Oct. 14. They are 6-1-2 in that stretch.
Miss: Center Vincent Trocheck will miss his seventh straight game with a lower-body injury when the Panthers play the Capitals on Thursday.

 

15. Calgary Flames (9-7-2)

Total points: 31
Last week: NR

Hit: Matthew Tkachuk has eight points (five goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.
Miss: The Flames have trailed going into the third period in 10 of their 18 games this season, the most of any team in the Western Conference. They are 3-6-1 in those games.

Video: ARI@CGY: Tkachuk powers game-winner through Raanta

 

16. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-6-1)

Total points: 30
Last week: No. 10

Hit: Bryan Rust has four points (two goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak since the forward made his season debut Oct. 26. He missed the first 11 games with an upper-body injury. 
Miss: The Penguins are 0-for-20 on the power play in nine games since Oct. 16. They have had one or zero power play opportunities in four of those games.

 

Others receiving points: Tampa Bay Lightning 18, Montreal Canadiens 15, Dallas Stars 8, Anaheim Ducks 3, Philadelphia Flyers 1

Dropped out: Lightning (No. 14)

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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