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Super 16: Sharks back in top 5

Capitals, Wild, Penguins, Blue Jackets retain top four spots

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The San Jose Sharks continued their climb up the NHL.com weekly Super 16 power rankings, but making the top four seems to be impossible these days.

The Sharks moved up two spots for the second straight week, pulling in at No. 5 this week, but the Washington Capitals, Minnesota Wild, Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets kept hold of the top four spots for the third consecutive week. It is the first time San Jose has been in the Super 16 top 5 since the preseason rankings (No. 4).

The Capitals are No. 1 for the third straight week. The Wild are No. 2 for the second consecutive week. The same is true for the Penguins at No. 3 and the Blue Jackets at No. 4.

Video: CHI@SJS: Marleau finishes rebound for power-play goal

The only difference this week is the Wild took some points away from the Capitals in voting by the 13 NHL.com staff members who participate in the weekly rankings. The Wild received four first-place votes after getting one last week.

The St. Louis Blues, who fired coach Ken Hitchcock on Wednesday, dropped out of the Super 16 for the first time this season. The New York Islanders got in for the first time since they were No. 13 in the preseason Super 16.

The rankings are calculated by a points-based system based on the votes of the 13 participating staff members. Point values are assigned to each ranking. The point values are assigned as follows: 16 points for a No. 1 ranking, down to one point for a No. 16 ranking.

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

 

1. Washington Capitals (34-11-6)

Total points: 203
Last week: No. 1

Hit: Defenseman John Carlson is back in the lineup after missing six games because of a lower-body injury.
Miss: The Capitals have allowed a power-play goal in six straight games.

Video: BOS@WSH: Ovechkin zips a wrist shot past Rask for PPG 

 

2. Minnesota Wild (33-12-5)

Total points: 197
Last week: No. 2

Hit: Backup goaltender Darcy Kuemper had a strong game with 41 saves in a 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. This is important because the Wild will need quality backup goaltending in the next two-plus months to make sure Devan Dubnyk is fresh for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They play 23 games in 41 days from Feb. 27-April 8.
Miss: Defenseman Jonas Brodin still is out because of a fractured finger. He has missed seven straight games.

 

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (31-13-5)

Total points: 181
Last week: No. 3

Hit: Defenseman Kris Letang returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing six games and was plus-2 in a Penguins-high 23:45 of ice time in a 4-2 win against the Nashville Predators.
Miss: Center Evgeni Malkin has missed two straight games with a lower-body injury, and left wing Conor Sheary is out 4-6 weeks because of an upper-body injury.

 

4. Columbus Blue Jackets (33-12-4)

Total points: 162
Last week: No. 4

Hit: The Blue Jackets have scored 21 goals in the past five games.
Miss: They have allowed 20 goals in those same five games.

Video: CBJ@NYR: Jones pads Jackets' lead with second of game

 

5. San Jose Sharks (32-17-2)

Total points: 151
Last week: No. 7

Hit: Forward Patrick Marleau has six goals in the past four games and is one shy of becoming the 45th member of the NHL 500-goal club.
Miss: Forward Joonas Donskoi has missed three straight games because of an upper-body injury and six of the past nine games with separate upper-body injuries.

 

6. Montreal Canadiens (30-14-7)

Total points: 146
Last week: No. 6

Hit: Defenseman Andrei Markov and center David Desharnais returned to the lineup Tuesday after extended absences, and each contributed in a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres. Markov, who missed 19 games because of a groin injury, had an assist in 17:43 of ice time. Desharnais, who missed 24 games because of a knee injury, scored.
Miss: The Canadiens have allowed a power-play goal in three straight games and have been outshot 112-77 in those games. They have won two of them though.

 

7. Chicago Blackhawks (30-17-5)

Total points: 141
Last week: No. 5

Hit: The Blackhawks have lost three straight, all in regulation, and are 1-for-20 on the power play in the past eight games.
Miss: They play their next five games and seven of their next eight on the road, where they are 12-10-1 this season.

Video: WPG@CHI: Keith buries quick PPG off the faceoff

 

8. Anaheim Ducks (28-15-9)

Total points: 116
Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Ducks have scored a power-play goal in five of their past six games and are 28-for-29 on the penalty kill in their past 10.
Miss: Corey Perry has scored two goals in his past 22 games. It has been a strange season for Perry, who has nine goals in 52 games after averaging 39 goals in each of the past five full NHL seasons. He also had 15 goals in 44 games in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

 

9. New York Rangers (31-18-1)

Total points: 109
Last week: No. 8

Hit: The Rangers have scored 67 goals in the third period, second in the League behind the Winnipeg Jets (69).
Miss: Center Mika Zibanejad has no points in the past five games after scoring two goals in his first game back after missing 25 because of a broken leg.

 

10. Edmonton Oilers (28-16-8)

Total points: 90
Last week: No. 10

Hit: Forward Leon Draisaitl has four goals and five assists during a seven-game point streak.
Miss: Forward Benoit Pouliot has no goals and four assists in the past 22 games.

Video: MIN@EDM: Draisaitl beats Kuemper five-hole for PPG

 

11. Ottawa Senators (26-16-6)

Total points: 76
Last week: No. 11

Hit: Goaltender Craig Anderson is back with the Senators after taking a leave of absence to be with his wife, Nicholle, while she received cancer treatment in New York.
Miss: The Senators have one win in their past four games (1-1-2) and have allowed six or more goals in two of their losses.

 

12. Nashville Predators (24-18-8)

Total points: 59
Last week: No. 12

Hit: Forward Colin Wilson has three points in the past two games and scored his first goal since Dec. 30 in a 4-2 loss against the Penguins on Tuesday.
Miss: Defenseman Roman Josi has missed eight straight games because of an upper-body injury, and it's unclear when he will return.

 

13. Boston Bruins (26-22-6)

Total points: 43
Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Bruins will have plenty of rest after finishing a back-to-back against the Tampa Bay Lightning and Capitals on Wednesday. They play four games in the next 17 days.
Miss: They finish the season with 24 games, including 11 on the road, in 49 days (Feb. 19-April 8).

Video: BOS@WSH: Marchand whips a wrister past Holtby for PPG

 

14. Toronto Maple Leafs (23-16-9)

Total points: 34
Last week: No. 14

Hit: Nazem Kadri has at least a point in five straight games and finished January with 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 13 games, tied for the Maple Leafs lead with forwards Mitchell Marner and James van Riemsdyk.
Miss: Defenseman Morgan Rielly has missed six straight games with a lower-body injury. The good news is he seems close to returning.

 

15. Los Angeles Kings (26-21-4)

Total points: 30
Last week: No. 16

Hit: A look ahead at the schedule shows promise for the Kings. They play 15 of their last 23 regular-season games at home, including seven in a row from March 2-16.
Miss: In the meantime, the Kings, who just completed a stretch of five straight games on the road, start a four-game road trip Saturday and play six of their next eight games away from Staples Center. They are 11-13-3 on the road.

 

16. New York Islanders (22-17-9)

Total points: 18
Last week: NR

Hit: The Islanders are 5-0-1 with 10 goals allowed in six games since Doug Weight took over as coach for Jack Capuano. Counting Capuano's last game, they are 6-0-1 with 10 goals allowed in their past seven games.
Miss: For as good as they have been at Barclays Center this season, going 16-8-5, including 7-1-1 in their past nine games, the Islanders have been the opposite on the road, where they are 6-9-4. They play 22 of their last 34 regular-season games on the road, including nine straight from Feb. 21-March 11.

Video: WSH@NYI: Quine slams home a rebound for PPG

 

Others receiving points: St. Louis Blues 15, Philadelphia Flyers 4, Winnipeg Jets 2, Calgary Flames 1
Dropped out from last week: St. Louis Blues

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

ARPON BASU
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 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. New York Islanders; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SHAWN 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. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Ottawa Senators; 13. St. Louis Blues; 14. Toronto Maple Leafs; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Calgary Flames

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

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