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Super 16: Avalanche new No. 1, Coyotes enter NHL.com power rankings

Lightning, Golden Knights fall; Blues drop out

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The Colorado Avalanche ended the Tampa Bay Lightning streak of five consecutive weeks at the top of the NHL.com Super 16 power rankings by claiming the No. 1 spot this week.

The Avalanche were ranked first by 12 of the 14 participating staff writers. They were No. 3 last week.

Colorado's move up meant Tampa Bay dropped to No. 2 and the Vegas Golden Knights fell one spot to No. 3.

The Arizona Coyotes moved into the Super 16 this week, knocking out the St. Louis Blues.

Video: Dan Rosen on the top 16 teams in the NHL

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. Colorado Avalanche (26-9-4)
Total points: 219
Last week: No. 3

The Avalanche lead the NHL in points (36) and wins (17) at home. They have a plus-40 goal differential (88-48) in their 23 games at Ball Arena, including plus-34 (53-19) in 12 home games since March 10, when they're 11-0-1.

Video: COL@MIN: MacKinnon rips puck home on breakaway

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (26-11-2)
Total points: 195
Last week: No. 1

The Lightning have lost two in a row and five of seven since March 25, scoring 15 goals and going 1-for-18 on the power play in those seven games. They scored 18 goals in a five-game winning streak from March 16-23. 

3. Vegas Golden Knights (25-11-2)
Total points: 192
Last week: No. 2

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has lost three in a row and five of six needing one win to tie Ed Belfour for fourth in NHL history (484). 

4. Carolina Hurricanes (26-9-3)
Total points: 186
Last week: No. 5

Vincent Trocheck has scored a point in the past 11 games he's played (six goals, nine assists) since Feb. 27. The forward missed eight games with an upper-body injury from March 11-27. Petr Mrazek has allowed two goals on 62 shots (1.00 goals-against average, .969 save percentage, one shutout) to win his first two starts since returning from a thumb injury.

5. Florida Panthers (26-10-4)
Total points: 160
Last week: No. 6

Carter Verhaeghe has scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) and is plus-10 in his past seven games. The forward had two assists in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday that ended the Panthers' season-long six-game winning streak.

6. Washington Capitals (25-10-4)
Total points: 151
Last week: No. 4

The Capitals are 14-1-4 in one-goal games this season after losing 1-0 in regulation to the New York Islanders on Tuesday, the first time they've been shut out this season. Alex Ovechkin's next power-play goal will be his 265th, moving the left wing ahead of Brett Hull into second in NHL history. He is nine from tying Dave Andreychuk for first.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs (27-10-3)
Total points: 150
Last week: No. 8

The Maple Leafs completed a 4-0-0 road trip with a 5-3 win at the Calgary Flames on Saturday. They have won five straight road games and lead the NHL with 14 road wins, 29 road points, a .763 road points percentage and a plus-19 goal differential in road games (64-45).

8. New York Islanders (25-10-4)
Total points: 144
Last week: No. 7

The Islanders got deeper at forward Wednesday by acquiring Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac in a trade with the New Jersey Devils for forwards A.J. Greer, Mason Jobst, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Video: WSH@NYI: Nelson nets Pulock rebound to open scoring

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (24-13-2)
Total points: 94
Last week: No. 9

The Penguins allowed 15 goals, including four on the power play, in back-to-back losses to the Boston Bruins (7-5) and New York Rangers (8-4) after allowing seven in a five-game winning streak from March 24-April 1, when they were 16-for-17 on the penalty kill.

10. Minnesota Wild (24-12-2)
Total points: 91
Last week: No. 10

The Wild are 21-7-2 against Honda West Division opponents remaining on their schedule, including 4-1-1 against the Golden Knights, and have seven games left against the St. Louis Blues. Minnesota completed its eight-game season series against Colorado with an 8-3 win Wednesday.

11. Winnipeg Jets (23-13-3)
Total points: 90
Last week: No. 11

The Jets haven't played since losing 2-1 in a shootout to the Maple Leafs on Friday. They had two games against the Vancouver Canucks postponed because of NHL COVID-19 protocol. Winnipeg is 12-7-1 on the road this season and start a five-game road trip against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, but without forward Blake Wheeler. The captain is out indefinitely because of concussion-like symptoms and did not make the trip.

12. Boston Bruins (20-10-6)
Total points: 80
Last week: No. 12

Left wing Brad Marchand has scored 11 points (six goals, five assists) and center Patrice Bergeron has scored seven (five goals, two assists) in the past five games. Bergeron has goals in each of the past three, with a hat trick in a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. 

13. Edmonton Oilers (24-14-2)
Total points: 61
Last week: No. 13

Connor McDavid has scored 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) in eight games against the Ottawa Senators this season. The center has scored 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in seven games against the Flames, 13 (four goals, nine assists) in six games against the Jets, 10 (three goals, seven assists) in nine games against the Maple Leafs, and eight (five goals, three assists) in five games against the Canucks. He has two assists in five games against the Canadiens.

14. Montreal Canadiens (17-10-9)
Total points: 35
Last week: No. 14

The Canadiens are dealing with injuries to goalie Carey Price (lower body) and forward Brendan Gallagher (thumb). Price is day to day and didn't make the trip to Toronto for the game Wednesday after aggravating his injury in a 3-2 overtime win against the Oilers on Monday. Gallagher is out at least six weeks after breaking his right thumb in that game. He scored 23 points (14 goals, nine assists) in 35 games this season.

15. Nashville Predators (21-18-1)
Total points: 24
Last week: No. 16

Juuse Saros is 7-2-0 with a 1.21 GAA, .964 save percentage and two shutouts in nine starts since March 15. Pekka Rinne is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .939 save percentage in three starts in the same span. 

16. Arizona Coyotes (19-16-5)
Total points: 22
Last week: NR

The Coyotes climbed to fourth in the West Division despite Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, their top two goalies, each out with a lower-body injury. Kuemper has missed 15 games and Raanta has missed eight.

Others receiving points: New York Rangers 9, St. Louis Blues 1

Dropped out: Blues (No. 15)

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI 

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS 

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

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

DAN ROSEN 

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

DAVID SATRIANO

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

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

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