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Super 16: Predators move into top spot

Lightning fall to No. 2, Golden Knights to No. 6; Panthers enter rankings

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The red-hot Nashville Predators are the new No. 1 team in NHL.com's weekly Super 16 power rankings.

The Predators, who have won nine games in a row, knocked the Tampa Bay Lightning from the top spot this week by receiving 11 of 14 No. 1 votes from the staff members who participated.

The Lightning dropped to No. 2 and for the first time this season aren't the only Florida team in the Super 16. The Florida Panthers entered the rankings at No. 16.

The Anaheim Ducks made the biggest jump, to No. 10 from No. 14 last week. The Vegas Golden Knights fell three spots to No. 6.

Video: Dan Rosen gives his latest Super 16 rankings

To create the power rankings, each of the participating staff members puts together his or her version of what they think the Super 16 should look like. Those are submitted and a point total is assigned to each.

The team picked first is given 16 points, second gets 15, third gets 14 and so on down to No. 16, which gets one point.

 

1. Nashville Predators (43-14-9)

Total points: 221

Last week: No. 2

Hit: They are on a nine-game winning streak, the longest in their history. They have outscored their opponents 39-18 during the streak.

Miss: Nothing.

Video: Predators continue to climb in the win column

 

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (46-17-4)

Total points: 209

Last week: No. 1

Hit: Brayden Point has scored the winning goal in either regulation or overtime, or the deciding shootout goal, in six of seven wins since Feb. 20. He has 10 game-winning goals, including four in overtime. He also has four game-deciding shootout goals.

Miss: The Lightning are waiting for defenseman Ryan McDonagh to play his first game since they acquired him in a trade from the New York Rangers on Feb. 26. McDonagh, who is out with an upper-body injury, likely won't make his Tampa Bay debut until next week.

 

3. Boston Bruins (41-15-8)

Total points: 187

Last week: No. 4

Hit: The Bruins are 6-for-17 on the power play (35.3 percent) during a four-game winning streak, all without center Patrice Bergeron, who is sidelined with a fractured right foot.

Miss: Defenseman Charlie McAvoy has a sprained left MCL and will be out at least four weeks. 

Video: DET@BOS: Marchand collects hat trick in OT win

 

4. Winnipeg Jets (40-17-9)

Total points: 180

Last week: No. 5

Hit: Patrik Laine has 13 goals in nine games since Feb. 16, including seven in the past three.

Miss: Mark Scheifele sustained an upper-body injury in a 3-0 win at the Rangers on Tuesday. The center's injury is not related to the upper-body injury that kept him out 16 games Dec. 29-Feb. 6.

 

5. Pittsburgh Penguins (39-25-4)

Total points: 165

Last week: No. 6

Hit: Phil Kessel became the first player from the 2006 NHL Draft to play in 900 NHL games Wednesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Kessel, a right wing, is the 58th United States-born player (ninth active) to play in at least that many NHL games. He has played in 678 consecutive games since Nov. 3, 2009.

Miss: Goalie Matt Murray missed his fifth straight game with a concussion Wednesday.

 

6. Vegas Golden Knights (42-19-5)

Total points: 164

Last week: No. 3

Hit: David Perron has set NHL career highs in assists (44) and points (60). He has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past two games.

Miss: Forward James Neal has missed the past four games with an upper-body injury, and forward Reilly Smith was injured in a 4-1 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Neal and Smith have combined for 100 points (46 goals, 54 assists) this season. The Golden Knights have lost four of their past five games (1-3-1).

Video: Lawless on Bellemare, Karlsson returning to Columbus

 

7. Minnesota Wild (38-22-7)

Total points: 127

Last week: No. 8

Hit: Wild defensemen have 167 points (35 goals, 132 assists) in 67 games, second most in the NHL behind the Predators (171 in 66 games). Wild defensemen had 169 points (42 goals, 127 assists) in 82 games last season.

Miss: Forward Luke Kunin will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The 20-year-old rookie, who had two goals and two assists in 19 games, was injured in a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

 

8. Washington Capitals (37-22-7)

Total points: 116

Last week: No. 10

Hit: Philipp Grubauer is 4-0-0 with a 1.45 goals-against average and .951 save percentage (156 saves on 164 shots) in seven games since Feb. 15.

Miss: Braden Holtby, who has been pulled in three of his past six starts, has allowed 31 goals in eight starts since Feb. 11. He has an .854 save percentage (181 saves on 212 shots) in that span.

 

9. Toronto Maple Leafs (39-22-7)

Total points: 115

Last week: No. 7

Hit: Mitchell Marner has 13 goals in 21 games since Jan. 20. The 20-year-old forward had five goals in his first 47 games this season.

Miss: Frederik Andersen has allowed at least three goals in 11 of 13 starts since Feb. 3, including five in the past two. He has a .908 save percentage (406 saves on 447 shots) in that span but has faced 34.4 shots per game.

Video: TOR@BUF: Marner whips wrister past Johnson for PPG

 

10. Anaheim Ducks (34-21-12)

Total points: 93

Last week: No. 14

Hit: John Gibson is 9-1-1 with a .946 save percentage (369 saves on 390 shots) in 12 games since Jan. 23.

Miss: Center Ryan Kesler has one assist in 10 games since Feb. 11. He has missed one game since making his season debut Dec. 27 despite his ongoing recovery process following hip surgery June 8.

 

11. Philadelphia Flyers (34-22-11)

Total points: 91

Last week: No. 9

Hit: Claude Giroux has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 14 games since Feb. 8. The Flyers are 27-12-9 when their captain (78 points) has a point and 7-10-2 when he doesn't.

Miss: The Flyers are 1-for-19 on the power play in their past six games.

 

12. San Jose Sharks (35-22-9)

Total points: 69

Last week: No. 11

Hit: Forward Evander Kane has one goal and four assists in a three-game point streak since the Sharks acquired him in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 26. He had five points (four goals, one assist) in his last 21 games with the Sabres.

Miss: The Sharks are 0-for-28 on the power play in 12 games since Feb. 10.

Video: CBJ@SJS: Kane pots first goal with the Sharks

 

13. Dallas Stars (37-24-6)

Total points: 66

Last week: No. 12

Hit: The Stars are 6-3-1, have allowed 18 goals, and are 31-for-34 on the penalty kill in their past 10 road games. They start their season-high six-game road trip Sunday at Pittsburgh.

Miss: Goalie Ben Bishop has a knee injury and has missed one game (a 2-0 loss at Nashville on Tuesday). Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said they will have a better idea of the severity of the injury Thursday, but he said Bishop won't be back short-term.

 

14. New Jersey Devils (34-25-8)

Total points: 36

Last week: No. 13

Hit: The Devils have scored at least one power-play goal in five consecutive games and are 7-for-14 in that span. They are 9-for-23 on the power play in nine games since Feb. 18. Oh, let's not forget about left wing Taylor Hall, who extended his streak of consecutive games played with at least one point to 26 with two assists in a 6-4 win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. He has 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) during the streak.

Miss: Rookie center Nico Hischier does not have a point in five games.

Video: The guys chat about Taylor Hall's impressive season

 

15. Los Angeles Kings (36-25-5)

Total points: 31

Last week: No. 15

Hit: Forwards Tanner Pearson and Alex Iafallo have scored in back-to-back games. Iafallo, who has three goals in the past two games, had no goals in 11 games from Feb. 9-27, and Pearson had no goals in 15 games from Jan. 30-Feb. 27.

Miss: There isn't one glaring miss for the Kings, who have scored at least three goals in five consecutive games and are 6-3-0 in their past nine.

 

16. Florida Panthers (32-25-7)

Total points: 19

Last week: NR

Hit: The Panthers are 13-3-1 since the All-Star break and two points behind the Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. They were 12 points out of a wild card at the All-Star break.

Miss: Forward Denis Malgin has missed five games with a lower-body injury.

 

Dropped out: Calgary Flames (No. 16)

Others receiving points: Colorado Avalanche 8, Columbus Blue Jackets 7

 

HERE'S HOW WE RANKED 'EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Winnipeg Jets; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. Minnesota Wild; 8. Pittsburgh Penguins; 9. Dallas Stars; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. New Jersey Devils; 16. Florida Panthers

TIM CAMPBELL

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Nashville Predators; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Winnipeg Jets; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Minnesota Wild; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Dallas Stars; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. Los Angeles Kings; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Colorado Avalanche; 16. New Jersey Devils

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Pittsburgh Penguins; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. New Jersey Devils; 16. Colorado Avalanche

NICK COTSONIKA

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Pittsburgh Penguins; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Boston Bruins; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Anaheim Ducks; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. Washington Capitals; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Florida Panthers; 16. Colorado Avalanche

LISA DILLMAN

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Philadelphia Flyers; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. New Jersey Devils; 14. Columbus Blue Jackets; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Florida Panthers

TOM GULITTI

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Winnipeg Jets; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Philadelphia Flyers; 11. Dallas Stars; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. New Jersey Devils; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Florida Panthers

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Nashville Predators; 3. Pittsburgh Penguins; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Boston Bruins; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Philadelphia Flyers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. New Jersey Devils; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. San Jose Sharks; 15. Florida Panthers; 16. Los Angeles Kings

ROBERT LAFLAMME

1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Nashville Predators; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Toronto Maple Leafs; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. New Jersey Devils; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Colorado Avalanche

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Winnipeg Jets; 7. San Jose Sharks; 8. Anaheim Ducks; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Minnesota Wild; 12. Dallas Stars; 13. Columbus Blue Jackets; 14. Florida Panthers; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

TRACEY MYERS

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Pittsburgh Penguins; 7. Minnesota Wild; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Philadelphia Flyers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. New Jersey Devils; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Florida Panthers

BILL PRICE

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Minnesota Wild; 9. Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. New Jersey Devils; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. Colorado Avalanche; 16. Florida Panthers

SHAWN ROARKE

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Pittsburgh Penguins; 5. Boston Bruins; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Minnesota Wild; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Philadelphia Flyers; 10. San Jose Sharks; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Washington Capitals; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. New Jersey Devils; 16. Florida Panthers

DAN ROSEN

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Winnipeg Jets; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Minnesota Wild; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Philadelphia Flyers; 10. Toronto Maple Leafs; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. San Jose Sharks; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. New Jersey Devils; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Florida Panthers

MIKE ZEISBERGER

1. Nashville Predators; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Winnipeg Jets; 5. Pittsburgh Penguins; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Minnesota Wild; 11. San Jose Sharks; 12. Florida Panthers; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. New Jersey Devils; 15. Los Angeles Kings; 16. Colorado Avalanche

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