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Super 16: Golden Knights remain No. 1, Penguins climb NHL.com rankings

Hurricanes, Avalanche switch places; Islanders fall

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Vegas Golden Knights are No. 1 in the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings for a second straight week, falling one voting point short of being the unanimous top choice among the 14 participating staff members.

The Golden Knights were ranked first by 13 of the voters. One had them at No. 2.

The Carolina Hurricanes moved up one spot to No. 2, knocking the Colorado Avalanche down to No. 3. 

The biggest positive move of the week came from the Minnesota Wild, who jumped three spots to No. 8. The New York Islanders fell four places to No. 11.

The same 16 teams were ranked for a second straight week.

Video: Super 16: Golden Knights remain at number one

To create the NHL.com power rankings, each of the 14 participating staff members put together his or her version of what they think it should look like. Those were submitted and a point total assigned to each. 

The team that was selected first was given 16 points, second got 15, third 14 and so on down to No. 16, which got one point. 

Here is the Super 16:

 

1. Vegas Golden Knights (35-11-2)
Total points: 223
Last week: No. 1

The Golden Knights are first in the Honda West Division and have won five in a row on the road, where they play their next four games (two at the Arizona Coyotes, two at the Minnesota Wild). Vegas clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fourth straight season.

2. Carolina Hurricanes (32-10-7)
Total points: 201
Last week: No. 3

The Hurricanes are 5-0-3 in their past eight games and have not allowed more than three goals in regulation in any of them while giving up two or fewer in five. They have clinched a playoff berth for a third straight season and are first in the Discover Central Division.

3. Colorado Avalanche (31-12-4)
Total points: 197
Last week: No. 2

The Avalanche, second in the West Division, are 12-0-1 at home since March 10. They play their next two games at home against the San Jose Sharks before going on a five-game road trip. Colorado clinched a playoff berth for a fourth straight season.

Video: COL@STL: Rantanen buries shot from the circle for PPG

4. Tampa Bay Lightning (33-14-2)
Total points: 181
Last week: No. 4

The Lightning, third in the Central, have won three games in a row and qualified for the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. Forward Brayden Point has scored 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past nine games.

5. Washington Capitals (32-13-4)
Total points: 159
Last week: No. 6

The Capitals have won three in a row, all against the Islanders, by a combined 8-3 to move back into first in the MassMutual East Division. They lead the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins by one point and have one game in hand. Forward Alex Ovechkin (lower body) has missed the past two games.

6. Florida Panthers (32-14-5)
Total points: 145
Last week: No. 5

The Panthers are second in the Central and have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1996-97. They were eliminated by the Islanders in four games of the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers last season. Forward Jonathan Huberdeau has scored 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in nine games since April 13, including five points (two goals, three assists) in a 7-4 win against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

7. Pittsburgh Penguins (32-15-3)
Total points: 139
Last week: No. 9

The Penguins have more wins (20) and points (42) than any team since March 6, averaging 3.64 goals per game and 2.36 goals against per game. They are second in the East. Jeff Carter has scored three goals in five games. The forward had no points in his first three games after he was traded by the Los Angeles Kings on April 11.

Video: BOS@PIT: Carter rings puck in off iron in 3rd

8. Minnesota Wild (31-14-3)
Total points: 123
Last week: No. 11

Minnesota has clinched a playoff berth and is third in the West behind Vegas and Colorado. The Wild have three winning streaks of at least five games this season, which they previously accomplished in 2011-12 and 2014-15. 

9. Toronto Maple Leafs (31-13-5)
Total points: 122
Last week: No. 8

Frederik Andersen is practicing with the Maple Leafs, who are first in the Scotia North Division, and hopes to play before the end of the regular season. The goalie has not played since March 19 because of a lower-body injury related to issues with his knee. He's 13-8-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in 23 games (22 starts).

10. Boston Bruins (28-14-6)
Total points: 98
Last week: No. 10

Taylor Hall has a point in six of nine games he's played since he was traded by the Buffalo Sabres on April 12. The forward has scored seven points (four goals, three assists) for the Bruins, who are fourth in the East Division, one point behind the third-place Islanders.

Video: BOS@PIT: Hall rips puck from slot to extend lead

11. New York Islanders (29-15-5)
Total points: 94
Last week: No. 7

The Islanders were 0-2-1 in three straight games against the Capitals. They have been shut out twice and held to one goal six times in their past 14 games.

12. Edmonton Oilers (29-16-2)
Total points: 80
Last week: No. 13

The Oilers' final nine games are against the Calgary Flames (two), Vancouver Canucks (five) and Montreal Canadiens (two). They are a combined 10-9-1 against those teams: 5-3-0 against the Flames, 3-2-0 against the Canucks and 2-4-1 against the Canadiens.

13. Winnipeg Jets (27-19-3)
Total points: 49
Last week: No. 12

Nikolaj Ehlers is out the rest of regular season with an undisclosed injury, but the Jets are hopeful the forward (46 points; 21 goals, 25 assists in 47 games) can return for the start of playoffs. Winnipeg plays its next three games on the road, where it's won eight of its past 10.

14. New York Rangers (26-18-6)
Total points: 32
Last week: No. 16

The Rangers have won three straight games and are 11-3-2 since March 30. They are fifth in the East and four points behind the Bruins, who have two games in hand. They are five points behind the Islanders; they play a home-and-home on Thursday and Saturday.

Video: PHI@NYR: Lafreniere shows finesse with goal in 3rd

15. Dallas Stars (21-16-12)
Total points: 24
Last week: No. 14

Jason Robertson set a Stars record for the longest point streak by a rookie (nine games) with his goal in a 5-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday. The forward has scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists) during the run. Dallas is fifth in the Central, two points behind Nashville, with two games in hand.

16. Nashville Predators (27-22-2)
Total points: 22
Last week: No. 15

The Predators had a four-game point streak (3-0-1) end in their loss to the Panthers on Tuesday. Defenseman Ryan Ellis has scored five points (two goals, three assists), and forward Luke Kunin has scored four goals in the past five games.

Others receiving points: St. Louis Blues 8, Canadiens 7

Dropped out: None

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Minnesota Wild; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. New York Rangers; 16. Nashville Predators

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. St. Louis Blues; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. Dallas Stars

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Washington Capitals; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. Minnesota Wild; 6. Tampa Bay Lightning; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. New York Islanders; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Dallas Stars

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. New York Islanders; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. St. Louis Blues

TOM GULITTI 

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Washington Capitals; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. New York Islanders; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Nashville Predators

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Edmonton Oilers; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. New York Rangers

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. New York Islanders; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. New York Rangers

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. New York Islanders; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Edmonton Oilers; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Dallas Stars

TRACEY MYERS 

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Florida Panthers; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. New York Islanders; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. Boston Bruins; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Nashville Predators; 16. Montreal Canadiens

BILL PRICE

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. Edmonton Oilers; 12. New York Islanders; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. New York Rangers

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

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

DAN ROSEN 

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Minnesota Wild; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Boston Bruins; 9. Pittsburgh Penguins; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. New York Islanders; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Nashville Predators

DAVID SATRIANO

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Minnesota Wild; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Boston Bruins; 11. New York Islanders; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Dallas Stars; 16. Winnipeg Jets

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

1. Vegas Golden Knights; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Boston Bruins; 10. New York Islanders; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Montreal Canadiens; 16. Dallas Stars

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