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Super 16: Lightning voted unanimous No. 1

Kings jump up to No. 2, Islanders, Ducks climb back into mix in NHL.com poll

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the first unanimous No. 1 of the season in NHL.com's weekly Super 16 power rankings.

The Lightning, who are 8-1-1, were ranked first by each of the 13 staff members who participate in the weekly rankings. Tampa Bay was No. 1 last week, when nine of the 13 staff members ranked it first.

The Los Angeles Kings made the biggest jump of teams that were also ranked last week, moving up to No. 2 from No. 6.

The New York Islanders, winners of three straight, got into the Super 16 at No. 12. The Anaheim Ducks got back in at 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 lists are submitted and a point total gets assigned to each ranking.

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 out once the math was finished, and be sure to stay for the information about each team:

 

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (8-1-1)

Total points: 208
Last week: No. 1

Hit: Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. Need we say more? Each has a 10-game point streak to start the season. Stamkos leads the NHL with 17 assists and 20 points. His 20 points are the most in the first 10 games of a season by any Lightning player. Kucherov leads the NHL with 11 goals.

Miss: Nothing right now.

Video: TBL@CAR: Kucherov nets Stamkos' feed in final seconds

 

2. Los Angeles Kings (7-1-1)

Total points: 176
Last week: No. 6

Hit: Center Anze Kopitar has six goals in nine games. He didn't score his sixth goal last season until his 44th game.

Miss: The Kings will have to continue to play without center Jeff Carter, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday retroactive to Oct. 18, because he had to have surgery to repair a cut on his left leg.

Video: LAK@CBJ: Kopitar scores off Brown's great feed

 

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-2-0)

Total points: 169
Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Maple Leafs are 3-0-0 in one-goal games and they've scored the first goal in six of their nine games, going 5-1-0 in those.

Miss: If anything, their second periods have been a struggle. Toronto has been outscored 11-4 in the second period despite outshooting the opposition 111-91.

Video: TOR@OTT: Matthews fires home wrist shot on the rush

 

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-3-1)

Total points: 166
Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Penguins are 5-1-1 in one-goal games and 5-0-1 when they score first.

Miss: Their backup goalie situation is in a state of flux. They waived Antti Niemi, who was picked up by the Florida Panthers. They recalled Casey DeSmith, who has no NHL experience. Tristan Jarry is an option at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League. Ideally, the Penguins will try to find a veteran backup to play behind Matt Murray, who is 6-0-1 with a .905 save percentage and 3.05 goals-against average.

Video: EDM@PIT: Kessel, Malkin combine for nifty OT winner

 

5. St. Louis Blues (7-2-1)

Total points: 143
Last week: No. 3

Hit: The Blues have been strong starters this season. They have outscored opponents 10-4 in the first period and scored first in six of their 10 games (4-1-1).

Miss: Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has not resumed skating. He fractured his left ankle Sept. 17.

Video: CHI@STL: Tarasenko spins and scores on great wrister

 

6. Chicago Blackhawks (5-3-2)

Total points: 137
Last week: No. 3

Hit: The Blackhawks are 26-for-30 on the penalty kill (86.6 percent) in the past seven games.

Miss: They have scored two goals or fewer in five of their past six games.

 

7. Vegas Golden Knights (7-1-0)

Total points: 128
Preseason rank: No. 9

Hit: The Golden Knights have goals from 14 players this season. Only the Penguins (16), Maple Leafs (15) and Colorado Avalanche (15) have goals from more players.

Miss: The Golden Knights, who finish a seven-game homestand against the Avalanche on Friday, start a six-game road trip at the New York Islanders on Monday. After playing Colorado, the Golden Knights play 14 of their next 20 games on the road.

 

8. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3-0)

Total points: 121
Last week: No. 4

Hit: The Blue Jackets have the widest positive margin for shots on goal per game for and against (plus-6.9) in the Eastern Conference and are tied with Edmonton Oilers for the best in the NHL. Columbus is third in the League in shots per game (36.8) and seventh in shots on goal allowed per game (29.9).

Miss: Center Lukas Sedlak will miss six weeks with an ankle injury. He has two goals in eight games.

 

9. New Jersey Devils (6-2-0)

Total points: 103
Last week: No. 7

Hit: Defenseman Will Butcher leads NHL rookies and is second among defensemen with nine assists.

Miss: The Devils aren't sure if goalie Cory Schneider (lower body) will be able to return to the lineup against the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center on Friday. Schneider is on injured reserve, but he's missed only one game because the Devils haven't played since last Friday.

 

10. Ottawa Senators (4-1-4)

Total points: 95
Last week: No. 12

Hit: The Senators are 3-0-0 on the road this season.

Miss: They have won one of their six home games (1-1-4)

Video: NJD@OTT: Turris buries one five-hole for a PPG

 

11. Nashville Predators (4-3-2)

Total points: 49
Last week: No. 14

Hit: The Predators scored twice on the power play in their 3-2 shootout loss against the Flames on Tuesday. They have at least one power-play goal in six of their nine games and are sixth in the NHL on the power play at 26.3 percent.

Miss: Center Ryan Johansen hasn't scored a goal this season. He has six assists, two in his past five games.

 

12. New York Islanders (5-3-1)

Total points: 48
Last week: NR

Hit: The Islanders have won three straight games and four of their past five. They have scored at least three goals in each of their past four wins. Captain John Tavares has four goals in the past two games, including a hat trick in a 5-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

Miss: They have scored the first goal in two of their nine games and have been outscored 18-15 in the first two periods. They are tied for last in the NHL on the power play at 7.1 percent.

Video: ARI@NYI: Tavares collects seventh hat trick of career

 

13. Calgary Flames (5-5-0)

Total points: 44
Last week: No. 10

Hit: Goalie Mike Smith started the first nine games and went 5-4-0 with a 2.49 GAA and .928 save percentage. Eddie Lack started against the Blues on Wednesday.

Miss: The Flames have lost three straight home games in regulation. They begin a seven-game homestand against the Dallas Stars on Friday.

 

14. Washington Capitals (4-4-1)

Total points: 35
Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Capitals are 7-for-17 on the power play in five road games. They start a three-game road trip at the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday and play seven of their next 11 games away from Capital One Arena.

Miss: Defense has been an issue, especially with Matt Niskanen on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The Capitals are 23rd in goals-against per game (3.44) and 25th on the penalty kill (76.9 percent).

Video: WSH@DET: Ovechkin rifles in record-breaking OT winner

 

15. Dallas Stars (5-4-0)

Total points: 34
Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Stars' penalty kill is 16-for-16 in the past five games. They are 4-1-0 in those games.

Miss: Goalie Ben Bishop expressed his displeasure with getting pulled from a 5-3 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday. Bishop was pulled with Dallas trailing 3-2 at 6:12 of the second period. He allowed three goals on 17 shots and said after the game there was no reason for him to be pulled and that he was not happy with the decision.

 

16. Anaheim Ducks (4-3-1)

Total points: 33
Last week: NR

Hit: The Ducks got two healthy players back in the lineup in a 6-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Defenseman Hampus Lindholm (shoulder) made his season debut and captain Ryan Getzlaf (lower body) returned after missing three games.

Miss: Anaheim remains without defensemen Cam Fowler (lower body) and Sami Vatanen (shoulder), forwards Ryan Kesler (hip) and Patrick Eaves (illness), and goaltender Ryan Miller (upper body).

 

Dropped out: Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers

 

Others receiving points: Philadelphia Flyers, 22; Colorado Avalanche, 14; Vancouver Canucks, 14; San Jose Sharks, 11; Winnipeg Jets, 8

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICK COTSONIKA

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

LISA DILLMAN

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

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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