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Super 16: Capitals back on top

Penguins fall from No. 1; Wild drop three spots, Ducks climb seven

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Bruce Boudreau's former teams each made a big jump in NHL.com's Super 16 power rankings this week, but his current team plummeted.

The Washington Capitals moved back into the top spot after two weeks out following an eight-week run, taking over for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals were ranked first by all 13 staff members who participate in the weekly power rankings.

The Anaheim Ducks made the biggest move up the rankings, landing at No. 5 this week after dropping to No. 12 last week. The Ducks have won five straight games and have a two-point hold on first place in the Pacific Division.

Boudreau's Minnesota Wild fell to No. 8 this week after they were No. 5 each of the past two weeks. The Wild are 2-9-2 in their past 13 games. 

Video: WSH@MIN: Ovechkin nets PPG off Johansson's great dish

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.

No team fell out of the Super 16 this week, but there was some movement elsewhere too.

Check out where the Super 16 landed once the math was finished, and be sure to stay for the information:

 

1. Washington Capitals (51-17-8)

Total points: 208

Last week: No. 3

Hit: Alex Ovechkin had 72 shots on goal in 15 games since being held without a shot on goal by the Nashville Predators on Feb. 25, the third time in seven games that had happened to him. He has six goals in the past eight games.
Miss: Nothing now. 

 

2. Chicago Blackhawks (49-21-7)

Total points: 186

Last week: No. 2

Hit: Patrick Kane hasn't gone two straight games without a point since Jan. 17 and 20. 
Miss: They have allowed 20 goals in their past five games.

Video: CHI@PIT: Kane, Panarin combine for slick goal

 

3. Columbus Blue Jackets (49-19-7)

Total points: 184

Last week: No. 4

Hit: The Blue Jackets are steamrolling through what looked like a daunting schedule after their five-day break, with 24 games, including six back-to-back sets, in the final 44 days of the regular season. They are 12-3-2 since coming off the break.
Miss: Their power play, which was the best in the League at the All-Star break (24.6 percent, 35-for-142), has fallen apart. The Blue Jackets are 6-for-57 (10.5 percent) on the power play in 27 games since the All-Star break, including 0-for-12 in the past seven games.

 

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (46-19-11)

Total points: 176

Last week: No. 1

Hit: Sidney Crosby has eight goals in his past nine games.
Miss: Forward Evgeni Malkin (upper body) and defenseman Kris Letang (upper body) remain out of the lineup, and there is no timetable for the return of either.

Video: PHI@PIT: Cullen follows his shot, finishes PPG in 1st

 

5. Anaheim Ducks (42-23-11)

Total points: 146

Last week: No. 12

Hit: Patrick Eaves has five goals in the past five games.
Miss: Jonathan Bernier's play has made it so the Ducks don't feel like they're missing anything of late. They are 7-0-1 in their past eight games, all with Bernier in net. He had a 1.61 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in those eight games.

 

6. Montreal Canadiens (43-24-9)
Total points: 130

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Carey Price is 11-4-0 with a 1.58 GAA and .942 save percentage (24 goals on 417 shots) in 15 starts since he allowed four goals in three straight starts from Feb. 7-12.
Miss: Tomas Plekanec has five points in his past 30 games. 

Video: DAL@MTL: Price turns aside Benn on a breakaway

 

7. New York Rangers (46-26-5)

Total points: 125

Last week: No. 6

Hit: Derek Stepan has a goal in three straight games. He had one goal in his previous 29 games, including none in 23 straight from Jan. 19-March 9.
Miss: Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 10 goals on 68 shots in two games since returning after missing eight games with a muscle strain in his hip. He was 12-5-1 with a 2.26 GAA, a .930 save percentage and one shutout in 19 games before the injury. He might just be rusty and need time to get his game back.

 

8. Minnesota Wild (44-24-8)

Total points: 118

Last week: No. 5

Hit: Eric Staal has five points (three goals, two assists) on a five-game point streak and 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in his past 11 games. His 27 goals lead the Wild.
Miss: The Wild have been outscored 5-0 on special teams in the past four games and are 0-2-2 in those games. They will be without forward Zach Parise (eye) for at least one game.

Video: WSH@MIN: Staal buries equalizer with 27 seconds left

 

9. San Jose Sharks (43-26-7)

Total points: 109

Last week: No. 8

Hit: Brent Burns ended a 16-game goal drought when he scored in overtime against the Rangers on Tuesday. He hadn't scored on 62 straight shots on goal. Burns scored 27 goals on 235 shots in the first 59 games of the season.
Miss: It's not clear how long it will take for center Logan Couture to get back in the lineup. He missed his first game Tuesday after getting hit in the face by a shot in a 7-2 loss at the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Couture's 52 points (25 goals, 27 assists) are third on San Jose.

 

10. Edmonton Oilers (42-25-9)

Total points: 96

Last week: No. 9

Hit: The Oilers are 16-for-53 on the power play (30.1 percent) in 21 games since Feb. 11, when they returned from their five-day break. They were 20.0 percent (34-for-170) going into the break.
Miss: Nothing to nitpick here. The Oilers have won seven of their past eight games and haven't allowed a power-play goal in six straight games (16-for-16 on the penalty kill).

Video: LAK@EDM: McDavid tallies off deflected pass attempt

 

11. Calgary Flames (43-30-4)

Total points: 76 

Last week: No. 11

Hit: The Flames have 31 straight victories when leading entering the third period. They are 31-0-1 when leading after 40 minutes.
Miss: Center Sam Bennett's struggles haven't gone away. He has been held without a point in eight straight games and 34 of his past 39.

 

12. Ottawa Senators (41-25-9)

Total points: 71

Last week: No. 10

Hit: Kyle Turris has seven points in eight games since coming back from a finger injury that forced him to miss three games from March 8-11.
Miss: On the flip side of Turris is Bobby Ryan, who has no points in eight games since coming back from a broken finger that forced him to miss 11 games from Feb. 19-March 11. Ottawa is 2-3-2 with 12 goals in its past seven games.

Video: OTT@PHI: Ceci sets up Turris for go-ahead goal in 3rd

 

13. Nashville Predators (39-26-11)

Total points: 53

Last week: No. 14

Hit: Defenseman Roman Josi has 25 points (six goals, 19 assists) in his past 24 games.
Miss: The Predators are 4-for-29 on the power play (13.8 percent) in their past 12 games.

 

14. St. Louis Blues (42-28-6)

Total points: 45

Last week: No. 13

Hit: The top line of Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko has 36 points in 14 games this month.
Miss: Defenseman Colton Parayko, who might have the hardest shot on the Blues, hasn't scored since Feb. 2. He had one shot on goal in three games before he had five Wednesday at the Arizona Coyotes.

Video: ARI@STL: Schwartz, Steen combine for terrific goal

 

15. Toronto Maple Leafs (36-24-15)

Total points: 27

Last week: No. 16 

Hit: The Maple Leafs have gotten 283 points from rookies this season, and goalie Frederik Andersen (upper body) might be able to play against the Predators on Thursday.
Miss: They have allowed at least one power-play goal in three straight games (6-for-10 on PK). They start a three-game road trip at Nashville. They are 16-14-8 on the road. 

 

16. Boston Bruins (40-30-6)

Total points: 19

Last week: No. 15

Hit: The Bruins are 14-7-0 since Bruce Cassidy took over for Claude Julien as coach Feb. 7. They are 15-for-60 on the power play (25.0 percent) and are scoring 3.57 goals per game under Cassidy.
Miss: Boston has been better defensively in the past two games, allowing one goal each in wins against the New York Islanders and Predators, but before that the Bruins gave up 20 goals in four straight losses. Sacrificing their defense for offense is something the Bruins have to look out for, especially with Cassidy pushing them to score more.

Video: NSH@BOS: Chara earns 600th point on Bergeron's tally

 

Others receiving points: Tampa Bay Lightning 1, Carolina Hurricanes 1
Dropped out from last week: None

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

ARPON BASU

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

 

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

 

TIM CAMPBELL

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

 

BRIAN COMPTON

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

 

NICK COTSONIKA

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

 

LISA DILLMAN

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

 

TOM GULITTI

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

 

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

 

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

 

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

 

BILL PRICE

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

 

SHAWN ROARKE

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

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