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Super 16: Lightning take over No. 1 spot

Devils No. 7, Golden Knights No. 9 in NHL.com poll

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

There is a new No. 1 in the NHL.com Super 16 this week, and a couple of teams that had low expectations two weeks ago continue to rise in the power rankings.

The Tampa Bay Lightning take over the top spot after coming in fourth last week. The Lightning, 3-0-1 since the Super 16 came out last Thursday, were ranked first by nine of the 13 staff members who participated in the Super 16 rankings this week.

In addition, the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights, each surprising everyone with five wins in their first six games, moved up in the Super 16 this week. The Devils jumped six spots to No. 7, and the Golden Knights climbed two spots to No. 9.

The Devils were ranked as high as fifth by Brian Compton. The Golden Knights were ranked as high as sixth by Nick Cotsonika, Bill Price, Amalie Benjamin and Compton. 

To create the power rankings, each of the participating staff members puts together his or her version of what they think 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.

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


1. Tampa Bay Lightning (5-1-1)

Total points: 203
Last week: No. 4

Hit: Nikita Kucherov has scored at least one goal in each of the Lightning's first seven games and has 12 points (eight goals, four assists). Steven Stamkos also has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists).

Miss: They're off to a terrific start, but the Lightning are allowing 3.14 goals per game and 34.9 shots on goal per game, too much of each.

Video: TBL@NJD: Kucherov extends goal streak, ties game

 

2. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-1-0)

Total points: 180
Last week: No. 2

Hit: They are 3-0-0 on the road and they've allowed five goals in those games. They're also 12-for-13 on the penalty kill in their three road games.

Miss: There is no glaring miss or injury of note for the Maple Leafs.

 

3. Chicago Blackhawks (4-2-1)

Total points: 173
Last week: No. 1
 
Hit:
Rookie defenseman Jan Rutta is producing offensively, playing solid in the defensive zone, and earning the trust of coach Joel Quenneville, who is playing him 18:55 per game, third among Chicago defensemen behind Duncan Keith (24:45) and Brent Seabrook (22:27).

Miss: The Blackhawks are allowing 36.0 shots on goal per game, third-highest in the League.

Video: CHI@TOR: Rutta banks in shot to open the scoring

 

4. Columbus Blue Jackets (5-1-0)

Total points: 169
Last week: No. 7

Hit: The Blue Jackets have had 11 players contribute at least one point in two straight games, a 5-4 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday and a 5-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Miss: They are 29th in the League on the power play (6.3 percent). They are 1-for-16 and have allowed one shorthanded goal.

 

5. Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2-1)

Total points: 148
Last week: No. 6

Hit: Bryan Rust has seven assists in seven games to lead Pittsburgh.

Miss: The Penguins are allowing 4.14 goals per game, second-highest in the League after the Arizona Coyotes (4.17). The 10 goals they allowed against the Blackhawks on Oct. 5 has a lot to do with that.

 

6. Los Angeles Kings (5-0-1)

Total points: 136
Last week: No. 10

Hit: The Kings have gotten off to a strong start in large part due to what captain Anze Kopitar says is the return of their creativity on offense without sacrificing their defensive principles.

Miss: It's hard to find a miss with the way they've started. They begin a six-game road trip at Columbus on Saturday.

Video: NYI@LAK: Doughty taps in Kopitar's pass for SHG

 

7. New Jersey Devils (5-1-0)

Total points: 122
Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Devils lead the League in rookie scoring with 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) from four rookies, including nine assists from defenseman Will Butcher, who ranks fourth in the League in that category.

Miss: They are allowing 35.3 shots on goal per game, fifth-highest in the League, and are 24th on the penalty kill (77.4 percent).

 

8. St. Louis Blues (5-2-0)

Total points: 103
Last week: No. 3

Hit: Forward Alexander Steen joined the lineup against the Blackhawks on Wednesday after being activated from injured reserve earlier in the day. He missed the first six games of the season with a hand injury.

Miss: Colton Parayko has not provided the offense, especially on the power play, from the back end that the Blues were expecting. With his shot, this could change quickly.

 

9. Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-0)

Total points: 96
Preseason rank: No. 11

Hit: Oscar Lindberg has three goals in six games. He had eight in 65 games for the New York Rangers last season.

Miss: The Golden Knights are tied for 27th in the League on the power play (7.7 percent), having scored two goals on 26 opportunities.

Video: BUF@VGK: Perron scores twice, including game-winner

 

10. Calgary Flames (4-2-0)

Total points: 88
Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Flames are thriving in part because of their penalty kill, which is 26-for-29 (89.6 percent), including 19-for-19 on the road.

Miss: They have been outscored 9-5 and outshot 82-60 in the third period this season.

 

11. Philadelphia Flyers (4-2-0)

Total points: 69
Last week: NR

Hit: The Flyers have scored 26 goals. It's the first time since 2005-06 they have scored as many through their first six games of a season. It's the second time they've done it since 1988-89 and the 12th time in their history.

Miss: Forward Wayne Simmonds left a 5-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday with a lower-body injury. The Flyers said it was precautionary, but they aren't expected to provide an update on his status until Thursday.

 

12. Ottawa Senators (3-1-2)

Total points: 65
Last week: NR

Hit: They lost 3-0 against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, but the good news was how defenseman Erik Karlsson looked in his return to the lineup. He skated well. He created chances off the rush. He defended well. He played 22:25 and had seven shot attempts.

Miss: Forwards Bobby Ryan, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Alexandre Burrows each has not scored a goal. They've combined for 36 shots on goal.

 

13. Washington Capitals (3-3-1)

Total points: 64
Last week: No. 5

Hit: Braden Holtby is off to a strong start with a 2.19 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in five starts. He's facing 31.8 shots on goal per game and is averaging 29.6 saves.

Miss: The Capitals have lost three of their past four games in regulation. They scored four goals in those three losses.

Video: TOR@WSH: Holtby denies van Riemsdyk's partial break

 

14. Nashville Predators (3-2-1)

Total points: 61
Last week: No. 12

Hit: The Predators have scored at least one power-play goal in four straight games and in five of their first six. They are 8-for-28 with the man-advantage (28.6 percent).

Miss: They have more goals on the power play than they do at 5-on-5 (seven).

 

15. Dallas Stars (3-3-0)

Total points: 30
Last week: No. 14

Hit: The Stars are averaging more than 10 shots on goal per game than they're allowing (36.7-26.3).

Miss: They're not making their shot differential count. Dallas has scored and allowed 14 goals.

 

16. Detroit Red Wings (4-3-0)

Total points: 26
Last week: NR

Hit: The Red Wings for the most part have gotten better as the game has gone along this season. The third period largely has been their best period.

Miss: Defenseman Danny DeKeyser has missed four straight games with a lower-body injury.

 

Dropped out: Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes

Video: TBL@DET: Abdelkader goes five-hole on penalty shot

 

Others receiving points: Carolina Hurricanes, 10; Anaheim Ducks, 6; Minnesota Wild, 5; Edmonton Oilers, 2; Winnipeg Jets, 1; Colorado Avalanche, 1

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Los Angeles Kings; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Ottawa Senators; 7. Calgary Flames; 8. St. Louis Blues; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. New Jersey Devils; 11. Philadelphia Flyers; 12. Detroit Red Wings; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Washington Capitals; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Minnesota Wild

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICK COTSONIKA

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Toronto Maple Leafs; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. New Jersey Devils; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Los Angeles Kings; 8. Chicago Blackhawks; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. Detroit Red Wings; 15. Minnesota Wild; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

LISA DILLMAN

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

TOM GULITTI

1. Tampa Bay Lightning. 2. Toronto Maple Leafs; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Calgary Flames; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Los Angeles Kings; 10. New Jersey Devils; 11. Philadelphia Flyers; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. Washington Capitals; 14. Vegas Golden Knights; 15. Anaheim Ducks; 16. Carolina Hurricanes.

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Chicago Blackhawks; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Los Angeles Kings; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. New Jersey Devils; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Detroit Red Wings; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. Washington Capitals; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Carolina Hurricanes

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN ROARKE

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. St. Louis Blues; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Calgary Flames; 10. New Jersey Devils; 11. Los Angeles Kings; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Anaheim Ducks; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Carolina Hurricanes; 16. Winnipeg Jets

DAN ROSEN

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Toronto Maple Leafs; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. New Jersey Devils; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Calgary Flames; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Los Angeles Kings; 13. Carolina Hurricanes; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Minnesota Wild; 16. Detroit Red Wings

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