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Super 16: Capitals stay on top, new No. 2

Wild jump ahead of Penguins, Blue Jackets in weekly rankings

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Washington Capitals are No. 1 in the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for a second consecutive week. Like last week, they fell one point short of being a unanimous No. 1 among the panel of 13 staff members who vote.

The Minnesota Wild, who were ranked in top three by 12 of the voters -- and No. 1 by Tim Campbell -- moved up two spots to No. 2, ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are No. 3.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who are 5-6-0 following a 16-game winning streak, dropped two spots to No. 4.

Video: CAR@WSH: Oshie shows off slick hands, beats Ward

The San Jose Sharks (No. 7) and Anaheim Ducks (No. 9) swapped spots from last week. The Nashville Predators, who are on a 6-1-1 run, moved into the Super 16 for the first time since Dec. 22, when they were No. 15.

What is interesting this week is how many teams were ranked by the 13 writers. In addition to the Super 16, five teams -- including the New York Islanders -- received at least one point.

The rankings are calculated based on the votes of 13 staff members. Point values are assigned from 16 for a No. 1 ranking down to one for a No. 16 ranking.

Check out where they landed once the math was finished and be sure stay for the information:

 

1. Washington Capitals (32-10-6)

Total points: 207
Last week: No. 1

Hit: The Capitals have scored at least four goals in 11 of their past 14 games, including nine with at least five goals.

Miss: The three times they didn't score at least four goals all were against the Ottawa Senators, who defeated the Capitals on Tuesday, 3-0. Washington defeated Ottawa 2-1 on Jan. 1 and 1-0 on Jan. 7.

 

2. Minnesota Wild (31-11-5)

Total points: 186
Last week: No. 4

Hit: They have 67 points in 47 games. Prior to this season, the earliest the Wild reached 67 points was in their 57th game (2002-03).

Miss: Eric Staal has one point, a goal, in his past six games. Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle haven't scored in nine straight games.

 

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (30-12-5)

Total points: 185
Last week: No. 3

Hit: Conor Sheary has eight goals in nine games this month.

Miss: Defenseman Kris Letang has missed five games with a lower-body injury. He has missed 17 games with three injuries this season.

Video: BOS@PIT: Sheary roofs his second goal of the game

 

4. Columbus Blue Jackets (32-11-4)

Total points: 160
Last week: No. 2

Hit: The Blue Jackets are second to the Capitals in first-period goal differential at plus-24 (51-27). The Capitals are plus-27 (48-21).

Miss: Columbus is 5-6-0 since its 16-game winning streak and has allowed 36 goals in those 11 games. It allowed 27 goals during the winning streak.

 

5. Chicago Blackhawks (30-15-5)

Total points: 146
Last week: No. 5

Hit: Jonathan Toews has six points in the past two games and 16 points in the past 20 since returning from an injury.

Miss: Artem Anisimov has two points in the past nine games, including eight games with zero.

 

6. Montreal Canadiens (29-13-7)

Total points: 142
Last week: No. 6

Hit: The Canadiens have allowed a total of five goals in the past three games, including four in regulation, after giving up 24 goals in their previous six games.

Miss: Forward Alex Galchenyuk reinjured his right knee, which kept him out for 18 games from Dec. 6-Jan. 12. He didn't play Tuesday and isn't expected to play against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Video: CGY@MTL: Radulov roofs Beaulieu's dish for PPG in 2nd

 

7. San Jose Sharks (31-16-2)

Total points: 141
Last week: No. 9

Hit: Patrick Marleau has five goals in the past two games, including four in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. He needs two to become the 45th player in to score 500 in the NHL.

Miss: Joe Thornton has not scored on a goalie this season; he has three empty-net goals, not as much a miss as it is an anomaly.

 

8. New York Rangers (31-17-1)

Total points: 117
Last week: No. 8

Hit: Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello have created chemistry that has allowed them to be the Rangers two best two-way forwards this season.

Miss: Losing forward Kevin Hayes for 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury is a blow to the Rangers because of how impactful he has been, particularly centering a line with J.T. Miller and Michael Grabner.

 

9. Anaheim Ducks (27-15-9)

Total points: 115
Last week: No. 7

Hit: Depth down the middle has allowed Rickard Rakell to play left wing, where he is flourishing on a line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Miss: Forward Jakob Silfverberg is dealing with a head injury, according to the Orange County Register, and has missed three games. He has been skating without contact.

Video: ANA@WPG: Getzlaf tips in Theodore's shot for a PPG

 

10. Edmonton Oilers (27-15-8)

Total points: 81
Last week: No. 10

Hit: Jordan Eberle is starting to score some goals, a positive sign for him and the Oilers after he went 18 consecutive games without one.

Miss: They are two games into a 16-game stretch that includes 12 road games. Starting March 4 they begin an eight-game homestand and play 13 home games in their last 18 games.

 

11. Ottawa Senators (26-15-5)

Total points: 76
Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Senators are 9-4-2 against the Metropolitan Division. Two of those losses came against the Capitals by a combined two goals.

Miss: It might be nitpicking, but the Senators are struggling with their power play at home: 13-for-81 (16.0 percent) there, 13-for-65 (20 percent) on the road.

 

12. Nashville Predators (23-17-8)

Total points: 61
Last week: NR

Hit: The Predators are 5-1-1 in one-goal games since Jan. 10. They were 3-3-7 in one-goal games previously.

Miss: They are 2-for-30 on the power play in their past 10 games.

Video: NSH@MIN: Rinne clings to the post to deny Zucker

 

13. St. Louis Blues (24-19-5)

Total points: 54
Last week: No. 11

Hit: Carter Hutton made 34 saves in a 3-0 win against the Penguins on Tuesday.

Miss: Goalie Jake Allen has been scratched for the past two games and it's unclear when he's going to get back in the lineup; Hutton is going to play against the Wild on Thursday.

 

14. Toronto Maple Leafs (23-14-9)

Total points: 51
Last week: No. 12

Hit: Nazem Kadri has 20 goals in 46 games, a 35-goal pace. He has matched his NHL career high (20 in 78 games in 2013-14).

Miss: Defenseman Morgan Rielly has missed four games with an ankle injury but could return Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers. If not, he could be back immediately after the All-Star break.

 

15. Boston Bruins (24-21-6)

Total points: 23
Last week: No. 14

Hit: David Pastrnak ended a 17-game goal drought with the overtime winner against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The Bruins were 3-6-2 in their previous 11 games and had lost four in a row (0-3-1).

Miss: David Backes has an assist in the past eight games. He is minus-7 in the past seven.

Video: DET@BOS: Pastrnak blasts one-timer for OT game-winner

 

16. Los Angeles Kings (23-21-4)

Total points: 10
Last week: No. 16

Hit: Anze Kopitar has 10 points in his past 10 games. Two of those were a goal, which is important because he has five in 42 games.

Miss: Kopitar isn't shooting the puck enough. He has 84 shots, an average of two per game. He has 10 shots on goal in his past nine games.

 

Others receiving points: New York Islanders 7, Philadelphia Flyers 5, Vancouver Canucks 1, Winnipeg Jets 1, Calgary Flames 1

Dropped out from last week: Calgary Flames

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

ARPON BASU

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. San Jose Sharks; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Chicago Blackhawks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. New York Islanders; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. New York Rangers; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Minnesota Wild; 2. Washington Capitals; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. Anaheim Ducks; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Nashville Predators; 11. New York Rangers; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Los Angeles Kings

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Chicago Blackhawks; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Anaheim Ducks; 9. New York Rangers; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

NICK COTSONIKA

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Chicago Blackhawks; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Boston Bruins

LISA DILLMAN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. Anaheim Ducks; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. Columbus Blue Jackets; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Chicago Blackhawks; 10. New York Rangers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs. 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Vancouver Canucks

TOM GULITTI

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. New York Rangers; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Toronto Maple Leafs; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Los Angeles Kings

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. St. Louis Blues; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Edmonton Oilers; 16. Los Angeles Kings

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Columbus Blue Jackets; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Los Angeles Kings

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. San Jose Sharks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Chicago Blackhawks; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Winnipeg Jets

BILL PRICE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. New York Rangers; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. Toronto Maple Leafs; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. New York Islanders

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. San Jose Sharks; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. Anaheim Ducks; 7. Columbus Blue Jackets; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. New York Rangers; 10. Nashville Predators; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Ottawa Senators; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Calgary Flames

DAN ROSEN

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Chicago Blackhawks; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. Anaheim Ducks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Los Angeles Kings

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