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Super 16: Blackhawks move up to No. 2

Capitals remain No. 1 for eighth straight week, Wild drop

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

That the Washington Capitals are No. 1 in the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings this week is not a surprise. The Capitals, whose 95 points lead the NHL, are No. 1 for the eighth consecutive week.

This week is big for the Capitals, though, because for the first time in their eight-week run at the top, they are a unanimous No. 1. All 13 staff members who vote in the Super 16 had the Capitals first in their rankings.

The Chicago Blackhawks supplanted the Minnesota Wild as the No. 2 team this week. The Wild had been No. 2 for six straight weeks. The Wild lead the Blackhawks by one point for first place in the Central Division and have a game in hand.

Video: CHI@NSH: Kane buries a PPG from the left circle

The red-hot Calgary Flames, who have won seven straight games, made the biggest jump this week, moving up three spots to No. 11.

As always, 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 to stay for the information: 
 
 

1. Washington Capitals (44-14-7) 

Total points: 208 
Last week: No. 1 
 
Hit:
Nicklas Backstrom is having a season worthy of getting him at least mentioned as a candidate for the Hart Trophy. He has 67 points (21 goals, 46 assists) in 65 games. He has a goal in back-to-back games and in three of the past four. 
Miss: The Capitals' 15-game home winning streak came to an end in a 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars on Monday. Washington has a five-point lead for first place in the Metropolitan Division. 
 
 

2. Chicago Blackhawks (42-18-5) 

Total points: 187 
Last week: No. 3 
 
Hit:
The Blackhawks' winning streak is up to seven games. They have scored 30 goals in the seven games. 
Miss: Nothing to see here. 
 
 

3. Minnesota Wild (42-16-6) 

Total points: 184 
Last week: No. 2 
 
Hit:
Mikael Granlund has 60 points (21 goals, 39 assists) in a season for the first time in his NHL career. His previous career high was 44 points, which he had last season. He needs one assist to get to 40. His previous career high was 33, in the 2013-14 season. 
Miss: Charlie Coyle, whose 44 points are fifth on the Wild, has been kept off the scoresheet the past nine games. 

Video: MIN@WPG: Granlund roofs a crafty breakaway goal


 
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (41-16-8) 

Total points: 165 
Last week: No. 4 

Hit: The Penguins have eight wins when they trail entering the third period. Only the Montreal Canadiens (nine) have more. The Penguins scored four straight goals, including two in the third period, to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Sunday.
Miss: Defenseman Kris Letang missed his sixth straight game because of an upper-body injury Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return. It's unclear what his injury or ailment is, but he did not accompany the Penguins on their road trip, which has four games remaining. 
 
 

5. Columbus Blue Jackets (42-17-6) 

Total points: 158 
Last week: No. 6 
 
Hit:
Sergei Bobrovsky has three consecutive shutouts, including two in a row against the New Jersey Devils, and has an active shutout streak of 179:29. He hasn't allowed a goal since Alex Galchenyuk scored 3:53 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 1-0 win Feb. 28. 
Miss: The Blue Jackets have four back-to-back sets remaining this month, plus one more in April. 

Video: NJD@CBJ: Bobrovsky shuts door with three nice saves

 

6. New York Rangers (43-22-2) 

Total points: 136 
Last week: No. 7 
 
Hit:
The Rangers lead the League with 24 road wins, four more than the second-place Blackhawks. They are 24-8-0 away from Madison Square Garden. 
Miss: They aren't nearly as good at home, where they are 19-14-2 and have lost four in a row (0-3-1), including the past three in regulation. 

 

7. San Jose Sharks (39-19-7) 

Total points: 133 
Last week: No. 5 
 
Hit:
The Sharks have two regulation losses in 15 games since the All-Star break (8-2-5). 
Miss: They are 0-for-10 on the power play in the past four games. 

 

8. Montreal Canadiens (38-21-8) 

Total points: 127 
Last week: No. 8 
 
Hit:
The Canadiens have won six straight games, and goalie Carey Price, who has started five of them, has a .964 save percentage during the winning streak (135 saves on 140 shots). 
Miss: Forward Alexander Radulov has missed the past two games because of a lower-body injury. 

Video: MTL@VAN: Price stones Granlund twice at the doorstep

 

9. Ottawa Senators (37-22-6) 

Total points: 98 
Last week: No. 11 
 
Hit:
Alexandre Burrows has four points (three goals, one assist) in his first four games with the Senators since being acquired in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 27. 
Miss: Eleven of Ottawa's last 17 regular-season games will be on the road, including nine of its final 12. Ottawa is 18-12-0 away from Canadian Tire Centre.

 

10. Edmonton Oilers (35-23-8) 

Total points: 82 
Last week: No. 9 
 
Hit:
Jordan Eberle's offensive game is coming around. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in the past nine games after going eight straight without a point. 
Miss: The Oilers' penalty kill is 5-for-12 (41.7 percent) in the past six games. 

Video: PHI@EDM: Eberle chips a backhander past Neuvirth

 

11. Calgary Flames (36-26-4) 

Total points: 77 
Last week: No. 14 
 
Hit:
They have won seven in a row, are 8-0-1 in their past nine games, and 12-2-1 since a 5-1 loss at the Canadiens on Jan. 24, when coach Glen Gulutzan called their effort "pathetic." They play at home against the Canadiens on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SNW, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV). 
Miss: There is nothing to nitpick right now with the Flames. 

 

12. Anaheim Ducks (34-22-10) 

Total points: 71 
Last week: No. 10 
 
Hit:
The Ducks are 21-8-3 at Honda Center, where they have won four of their past five games and have nine games remaining before the end of the regular season. 
Miss: They are 2-for-38 on the power play in their past 14 games. 

 

13. Nashville Predators (32-24-10) 

Total points: 47 
Last week: No. 12 
 
Hit:
Viktor Arvidsson has five goals in the past seven games. His 47 points (23 goals, 24 assists) are third on Nashville. 
Miss: The Predators have allowed three power-play goals in the past two games and have lost three in a row (0-2-1).

Video: CHI@NSH: Arvidsson snaps one past Crawford 

 

14. Boston Bruins (35-26-6) 

Total points: 42 
Last week: No. 13 
 
Hit:
Backup goalie Anton Khudobin has won his past three starts, allowing six goals on 77 shots. The Bruins had one win from their backup goalies when Bruce Cassidy took over as coach for Claude Julien on Feb. 7. 
Miss: Center Ryan Spooner, who has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past 12 games, is out indefinitely because of a concussion. 

 

15. New York Islanders (31-23-11) 

Total points: 35 
Last week: No. 16 
 
Hit:
They are 4-2-1 so far on their season-high stretch of nine consecutive road games. They finish at Vancouver on Thursday (10 p.m., ET; SNP, MSG, NHL.TV) and at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. They play their next home game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday. 
Miss: Defenseman Johnny Boychuk has missed the past two games because of a foot injury and isn't expected to play against the Canucks. Forward Shane Prince was sent home from the road trip because of an ankle injury he sustained in a 4-1 win at Edmonton on Tuesday. 

 

16. Toronto Maple Leafs (29-22-14) 

Total points: 9 
Last week: No. 15 
 
Hit:
Nazem Kadri has a goal in back-to-back games and is up to 27 for the season, seven more than his previous NHL career high from 2013-14. He has 49 points, one point from tying his NHL career high of 50, also set in 2013-14. 
Miss: The Maple Leafs continue to struggle in the third period. They have been outscored 7-0 in the third period in their past four games and are minus-13 in third-period goal differential (54-67). 

Video: DET@TOR: Kadri roofs a wrister by Mrazek to pad lead


 
Others receiving points: St. Louis Blues 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Los Angeles Kings 1, Florida Panthers 1 
Dropped out from last week: None 


 
HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM 
 
ARPON BASU 

1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Calgary Flames; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Boston Bruins 
 
AMALIE BENJAMIN 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. Toronto Maple Leafs; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning 
 
TIM CAMPBELL 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. New York Islanders; 16. St. Louis Blues 
 
BRIAN COMPTON 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. New York Rangers; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Montreal Canadiens; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Calgary Flames; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Boston Bruins; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs 
 
NICK COTSONIKA 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Calgary Flames; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs 
 
LISA DILLMAN 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Montreal Canadiens; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Columbus Blue Jackets; 10. Calgary Flames; 11. Ottawa Senators; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Anaheim Ducks; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Florida Panthers 
 
TOM GULITTI 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks. 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. New York Islanders; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs 
 
ADAM KIMELMAN 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. San Jose Sharks; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Boston Bruins; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Anaheim Ducks; 15. New York Islanders; 16. St. Louis Blues 
 
ROBERT LAFLAMME 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Chicago Blackhawks; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Calgary Flames; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. New York Islanders; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs 
 
MIKE G. MORREALE 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Columbus Blue Jackets; 5. Minnesota Wild; 6. New York Rangers; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Montreal Canadiens; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. New York Islanders; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Edmonton Oilers; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Los Angeles Kings 
 
BILL PRICE 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Minnesota Wild; 3. Chicago Blackhawks; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Montreal Canadiens; 6. Columbus Blue Jackets; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. New York Rangers; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Calgary Flames; 14. Boston Bruins; 15. New York Islanders; 16. St. Louis Blues 
 
SHAWN ROARKE 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Minnesota Wild; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Columbus Blue Jackets; 6. San Jose Sharks; 7. New York Rangers; 8. Anaheim Ducks; 9. Montreal Canadiens; 10. Ottawa Senators; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. Calgary Flames 13. Boston Bruins; 14. Nashville Predators; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Tampa Bay Lightning 
 
DAN ROSEN 
1. Washington Capitals; 2. Chicago Blackhawks; 3. Columbus Blue Jackets; 4. Minnesota Wild; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Montreal Canadiens; 7. New York Rangers; 8. San Jose Sharks; 9. Ottawa Senators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. New York Islanders; 15. Boston Bruins; 16. Toronto Maple Leafs

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