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Super 16: Islanders join rankings, Predators rise

Bruins remain at No. 1; Penguins, Oilers, Lightning fall

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Boston Bruins were one voting point away from being the first unanimous No. 1 of the season in NHL.com's weekly Super 16.

Twelve of the 13 voters ranked the Bruins first; one voter ranked them second behind the Washington Capitals.

Boston has won four in a row and is 6-0-2 in its past eight games.

The Capitals moved up one spot to No. 2 this week. They are 6-0-1 in their past seven games, including going 4-0-1 on a five-game road trip.

The Nashville Predators, winners of four in a row, moved up four spots to No. 4, and the New York Islanders, who have won seven straight, got into the Super 16 at No. 8. They were in the "others receiving points" category last week.

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 (9-1-2)

Total points: 207

Last week: No. 1

Hit: Tuukka Rask has allowed three goals on 73 shots (.959 save percentage) in his past three starts. He has not allowed more than three goals in a game this season and has allowed two or fewer in five of his seven starts.

Miss: Nothing.

Video: STL@BOS: Rask puts up clean sheet in 3-0 win

 

2. Washington Capitals (9-2-3)

Total points: 189

Last week: No. 3

Hit: John Carlson's 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) this month are a Capitals record for most by a defenseman in any month, passing the previous high of 22 set by Sergei Gonchar (10 goals, 12 assists) in January 2000. Carlson also tied Alex Ovechkin's Washington record for most points in October. Ovechkin had 23 (14 goals, nine assists) in October 2009.

Miss: Nothing.

 

3. Colorado Avalanche (8-2-2)

Total points: 172

Last week: No. 2

Hit: Cale Makar has nine assists, the most by a rookie defenseman in a single month in Avalanche history.

Miss: They are without two-thirds of their top line. Left wing Gabriel Landeskog is out indefinitely (lower-body injury), and right wing Mikko Rantanen is week to week (lower-body injury). Nathan MacKinnon is the center on that line.

 

4. Nashville Predators (8-3-1)

Total points: 152

Last week: No. 8

Hit: Pekka Rinne is 7-0-1, matching the Predators record for longest season-opening streak without a regulation loss by a goalie (Tomas Vokoun, 7-0-1, 2005-06).

Miss: Matt Duchene has no goals and two assists in his past six games. He did not play in a 3-2 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday because of a lower-body injury but was in the lineup in a 3-0 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

Video: CHI@NSH: Rinne keeps Blackhawks off the board

 

5. Buffalo Sabres (9-2-2)

Total points: 140

Last week: No. 4

Hit: Buffalo has outscored the opposition 19-7 in the second period this season. Its plus-12 goal differential in the period is second in the NHL behind Washington's plus-13 (23-10).

Miss: Defenseman Marco Scandella (lower body) and forward Jimmy Vesey (upper body) each has missed two games since being was injured in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Oct. 24.

 

6. Carolina Hurricanes (8-3-1)

Total points: 137

Last week: No. 6

Hit: Andrei Svechnikov has four goals in his past two games (two two-goal games), including the forward's lacrosse-style goal in a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The Hurricanes have allowed an NHL-low four goals in the third period.

Miss: Forward Teuvo Teravainen has not scored in seven straight games.

 

7. Vegas Golden Knights (8-5-0)

Total points: 122

Last week: No. 5

Hit: Defenseman Nate Schmidt and forward Alex Tuch are practicing, an indication that they are close to returning to the lineup. Schmidt hasn't played since sustaining a lower-body injury in the season opener Oct. 2. Tuch hasn't played this season because of an upper-body injury he sustained in the preseason.

Miss: Jonathan Marchessault has one goal in his past 11 games and two goals this season. The forward averaged 26 goals over the past two seasons.

 

8. New York Islanders (8-3-0)

Total points: 113

Last week: NR

Hit: The Islanders have held their opponents to two goals or fewer in six of the seven games during their winning streak.

Miss: Forwards Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body) and Matt Martin (lower body) were placed on injured reserve Wednesday. Forward Jordan Eberle (lower body) has missed six straight games, and forward Leo Komarov (illness) has missed four in a row.

Video: PHI@NYI: Barzal flies by defender and scores

 

9. St. Louis Blues (7-3-3)

Total points: 102

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Forward Brayden Schenn has four goals in his past six games and a team-high nine goals in 13 games. St. Louis is 6-for-20 on the power play (30.0 percent) in its past five games. 

Miss: Vladimir Tarasenko will miss at least five months because of surgery the forward had on his left shoulder Tuesday. He was the Blues' leading goal-scorer in each of the past five seasons (182 goals) and has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games this season.

 

10. Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-0)

Total points: 92

Last week: No. 12

Hit: Evgeni Malkin could return against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. The center has missed 11 games with a lower-body injury.

Miss: The Penguins have struggled on the power play at home, going 3-for-29 (10.3 percent).

 

11. Edmonton Oilers (9-4-1)

Total points: 84

Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Oilers are 5-0-1 in games decided by one goal. Their five wins by one goal are tied for the most in the NHL.

Miss: They are 2-for-19 on the power play (10.5 percent) in their past seven games.

 

12. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-5-3)

Total points: 68

Last week: No. 11

Hit: Auston Matthews leads the Maple Leafs with 11 goals, including four in the past five games.

Miss: The Maple Leafs are 0-3-1 and have 18 goals in the second game of back-to-backs this season. Michael Hutchinson has started all four of the games and has an .881 save percentage (18 goals against on 151 shots).

Video: WSH@TOR: Matthews wires home wrister for PPG

 

13. Arizona Coyotes (7-4-1)

Total points: 55

Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Coyotes have allowed seven goals in the second period, tied with the Bruins, Sabres and Islanders for fewest in the NHL.

Miss: Phil Kessel has two goals in 12 games, and the right wing scored them in the same game (Oct. 17, 5-2 win against Predators).

 

14. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-4-2)

Total points: 42

Last week: No. 10

Hit: Brayden Point has one goal and four assists during a three-game point streak.

Miss: Defenseman Victor Hedman (lower body) and forward Pat Maroon (upper body) each was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

 

15. Vancouver Canucks (7-3-1)

Total points: 39

Last week: No. 14

Hit: The Canucks are the only team in the Western Conference without a regulation loss at home (4-0-1). The Bruins (5-0-1) and Sabres (5-0-1) are the other teams in the NHL without a regulation loss at home.

Miss: Tyler Motte is on injured reserve with a foot injury the fourth-line forward sustained in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Capitals on Oct. 25.

 

16. Florida Panthers (6-3-4)

Total points: 23

Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Panthers are tied for sixth in the NHL in goals per game (3.54).

Miss: They are tied for 28th in goals-against per game (3.69).

Video: FLA@VAN: Boyle rips wrister past Demko from circle

 

Others receiving points: Anaheim Ducks 22, Calgary Flames 7, Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Montreal Canadiens 1

Dropped out: Ducks (No. 16)

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

 

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