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Super 16

Little movement in final Super 16 before deadline

Capitals unanimous No. 1 for third straight week; Blackhawks, Stars follow

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The final pre-2016 NHL Trade Deadline Super 16 is in and for the 11th straight week the Washington Capitals are No. 1, including the third straight week they've been the unanimous No. 1 among the seven NHL.com staff members who make up the panel selecting the Super 16.
 
Each staff member submits his version of the Super 16 and a point value is assigned to each ranking to come up with the final power rankings:

No. 1 = 16 points
No. 2 = 15
No. 3 = 14
No. 4 = 13
No. 5 = 12
No. 6 = 11
No. 7 = 10
No. 8 = 9
No. 9 = 8
No. 10 = 7
No. 11 = 6
No. 12 = 5
No. 13 = 4
No. 14 = 3
No. 15 = 2
No. 16 = 1
 
The question now is how, if at all, will the Super 16 rankings change next month, after the buyers finish their shopping before the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline on Monday at 3 p.m. ET? At least the top 14 teams in the Super 16 this week should be buyers.
 
The Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils could be as well, but they're dealing with different circumstances.
 
However, the majority of the teams ranked below have needs and wants, and limited time to address them. Save the rankings this week and compare them to what the final version looks like in April. It should be interesting. It certainly was last season.
 
The Anaheim Ducks were No. 12 in the final pre-deadline Super 16 last season. They bolstered their defense by adding James Wisniewski and Simon Despres, becoming a better overall team, and finished No. 1 in the final Super 16.
 
The St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers all made moves up the Super 16 rankings after the deadline. Not surprisingly, all three made significant pre-deadline trades.
 
Look out for what happens this season.
 
Here are the rankings for this week, with pertinent information and a Hit and Miss for each team. For this week, we've also added a Need prior to the trade deadline:
 

1. Washington Capitals (44-11-4)
Total points:
112
Last week: No. 1

Hit: Brooks Orpik played in his 800th game Wednesday, which is a milestone for him and great news for the Capitals because it means one of their most important defensemen is back in the lineup. It was his fifth game since returning from a 40-game absence because of an injury.

Miss: It wasn't a good night against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, but it still was just their third loss in 12 games this month.

Need: None

2. Chicago Blackhawks (38-19-5)
Total points:
102
Last week: No. 2
 
Hit: Patrick Kane has another point streak going; it's at five and features three goals and five assists. He leads the NHL with 84 points.

Miss: Marian Hossa could be out at least two more games (Thursday against the Nashville Predators and Sunday against the Capitals) because of a lower-body injury he sustained on Feb. 13 against the Ducks.

Need: Left wing to play with Jonathan Toews and Hossa


 
3. Dallas Stars (38-17-6)
Total points:
92
Last week: No. 3
 
Hit: They're 4-0-1 in their past five games against Central Division opponents, 6-1-1 in their past eight and 14-5-2 this season for a division-best .714 points percentage.

Miss: They've been outscored 6-3 in special teams in the past four games, allowing a shorthanded goal in a 5-3 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Need: Top-four defenseman
 
4. Los Angeles Kings (35-20-4)
Total points:
84
Last week: No. 5
 
Hit: Left wing Tanner Pearson is looking more comfortable in a third-line role and is getting more minutes. He has a goal and an assist in the past two games and has played more than 14 minutes in each. He played more than 14 minutes twice in his previous eight games.

Miss: Forward Marian Gaborik could be out for the rest of the regular season because of a left leg injury. The Kings, though, might have extra cap space to use if Gaborik stays on long-term injured reserve for the rest of the regular season. That could come in handy before the deadline.

Need: Top-four defenseman
 
5. St. Louis Blues (35-18-9)
Total points:
80
Last week: No. 6
 
Hit: They've scored a power-play goal in four straight games (5-for-17) and in seven of their past eight (10-for-30). Vladimir Tarasenko has three of those power-play goals.

Miss: Goalie Brian Elliott and forward Alexander Steen are out for potentially the next four weeks each with injuries.

Need: Top-nine forward, backup goalie


 
6. Anaheim Ducks (32-19-8)
Total points:
76
Last week: No. 7
 
Hit: Ryan Getzlaf extended his point streak to nine games in Anaheim's 1-0 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday; he has four goals and 10 assists over the stretch. The Ducks are 7-1-1 in those games. He has 25 points (five goals, 20 assists) in the past 20 games. The Ducks are 16-3-1 in those games.

Miss: Not a thing.

Need: Top-six forward
 
7. Florida Panthers (34-18-7)
Total points:
73
Last week: No. 4
 
Hit: Aleksander Barkov and Erik Gudbranson are expected to play against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. Barkov has missed six games because of a concussion and Gudbranson has missed eight in a row (upper-body injury).

Miss: Jonathan Huberdeau will miss the game against Arizona and potentially more time after that because of an injury he sustained in the game against Winnipeg on Saturday.

Need: Top-six forward
 
8. Tampa Bay Lightning (34-22-4)
Total points:
66
Last week: No. 9
 
Hit: They've won four in a row and Steven Stamkos has goals in all four. It's only been five games since GM Steve Yzerman announced Stamkos would not be traded this season. Coincidence?

Miss: They've won despite a power play that has gone 1-for-16 in the past four games, a continuation of a bigger problem. Their power play is 2-for-30 in the past nine games and is 22nd in the League at 17.5 percent.

Need: Depth defenseman


 
9. New York Rangers (34-20-6)
Total points:
64
Last week: No. 8
 
Hit: Kevin Hayes has seven points in the past seven games, including four goals in that stretch. He had seven goals in his first 51 games. He's looked much better and as a result is more productive.

Miss: There is still no indication of when forward Rick Nash will be able to return. He has missed 13 straight games because of a deep bone bruise in his left leg.

Need: Top-nine forward
 
10. San Jose Sharks (32-21-6)
Total points:
41
Last week: No. 11
 
Hit: Joe Thornton has at least one point in 27 of his past 30 games. He has 41 points on 11 goals and 30 assists in the span. The Sharks are 18-7-5 in those games.

Miss: Coach Peter DeBoer doesn't seem to have any faith in backup goalie Alex Stalock, who has started once in the past 15 games. Stalock hasn't done much to help his cause. He allowed five goals in that start and has 2.94 goals-against average and .884 save percentage in 13 appearances this season.

Need: Backup goalie
 
11. New York Islanders (32-19-7)
Total points:
39
Last week: No. 12
 
Hit: Jaroslav Halak has put together back-to-back strong performances. He allowed one goal on 31 shots in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday and had a 27-save shutout against the New Jersey Devils last Friday. His consistency is key to the Islanders' success.

Miss: Kyle Okposo has no goals and only 11 shots on goal in seven games since he scored three goals on eight shots in an 8-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 7. Okposo's hat-trick game is his only game with a goal since Jan. 25, a span of 12 games.

Need: Depth defenseman

 

12. Pittsburgh Penguins (30-21-8)
Total points:
34
Last week: No. 10

Hit: They're expected to get deeper down the middle Saturday, when centers Evgeni Malkin and Nick Bonino should be back in the lineup. Malkin has missed 10 games because of a lower-body injury. Bonino has missed 17 (hand).

Miss: Ben Lovejoy's upper-body injury that will sideline him "long-term," according to coach Mike Sullivan, is a blow to an already thin defense corps that could use an upgrade before the trade deadline.

Need: Top-four defenseman

13. Nashville Predators (29-21-11)
Total points:
30
Last week: No. 15
 
Hit: Filip Forsberg is up to 23 goals this season, including nine in the past nine games, a significant and necessary market correction for him. His hat trick in a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday put him on a 30-goal pace for the season.

Miss: Colin Wilson has one point, an assist, in eight games since returning from an injury that kept him out for 12 straight games. He has four goals in 44 games after scoring 20 in 77 games last season.

Need: Top-nine forward
 
14. Detroit Red Wings (30-20-11)
Total points:
28
Last week: No. 14

Hit: Their defense and goaltending have gotten over a cold spell and are playing well of late, allowing four goals in the past three games after giving up 14 in the previous three.

Miss: Scoring is becoming a major concern. The Red Wings have three goals in the past three games and seven in the past five. They're 21st on the power play (17.6 percent) and 22nd in goals per game (2.48).

Need: Top-six forward


 
15. Boston Bruins (33-22-6)
Total points:
18
Last week: No. 13

Hit: Loui Eriksson, whose name has surfaced in plenty of trade rumors, has eight goals in his past 10 games and 23 for the season, second on the team behind Brad Marchand, who has 31. He's the lone Bruins player to play in every game this season (61).

Miss: The Bruins have played shoddy defense far too often this season and it's a big reason for why they've been inconsistent. They are third in goals-per game (3.05) and 20th in goals-against per game (2.77).

Need: Top-four defenseman

16. New Jersey Devils (30-24-7)
Total points:
6
Last week: No. 16
 
Hit: Among goalies with 30 or more appearances this season, Cory Schneider (51 appearances) is first in the League in goals-against average (2.06) and fourth in save percentage (.927). He leads the League in minutes played (3,053:38), but eight goalies have allowed more goals than his 105.

Miss: They've allowed five first-period goals in their past four games, including at least one in each, which is atypical of them. They have allowed 39 first-period goals this season, which is tied for the eighth fewest with the Islanders and Vancouver Canucks.

Need: Top-six forward
 
Out: None

Other receiving votes: Colorado Avalanche (2 points), Carolina Hurricanes (1 point), Minnesota Wild (1 point)
 
HERE'S HOW WE VOTED

ARPON BASU
1. Capitals
2. Stars
3. Blackhawks
4. Rangers
5. Blues
6. Kings
7. Panthers
8. Ducks
9. Lightning
10. Islanders
11. Penguins
12. Sharks
13. Bruins
14. Red Wings
15. Predators
16. Hurricanes
 
BRIAN COMPTON
1. Capitals
2. Blackhawks
3. Stars
4. Blues
5. Kings
6. Panthers
7. Lightning
8. Rangers
9. Islanders
10. Ducks
11. Red Wings
12. Sharks
13. Predators
14. Penguins
15. Bruins
16. Devils
 
ADAM KIMELMAN
1. Capitals
2. Blackhawks
3. Stars
4. Kings
5. Blues
6. Ducks
7. Panthers
8. Rangers
9. Lightning
10. Penguins
11. Red Wings
12. Bruins
13. Predators
14. Avalanche
15. Sharks
16. Islanders
 
ROBERT LAFLAMME
1. Capitals
2. Ducks
3. Stars
4. Blackhawks
5. Blues
6. Panthers
7. Rangers
8. Lightning
9. Kings
10. Sharks
11. Penguins
12. Islanders
13. Red Wings
14. Bruins
15. Predators
16. Devils
 
MIKE G. MORREALE
1. Capitals
2. Blackhawks
3. Blues
4. Panthers
5. Kings
6. Stars
7. Lightning
8. Predators
9. Ducks
10. Islanders
11. Sharks
12. Rangers
13. Penguins
14. Red Wings
15. Avalanche
16. Devils
 
SHAWN ROARKE
1. Capitals
2. Blackhawks
3. Kings
4. Ducks
5. Stars
6. Lightning
7. Blues
8. Rangers
9. Sharks
10. Panthers
11. Penguins
12. Islanders
13. Predators
14. Red Wings
15. Devils
16. Wild

DAN ROSEN

1. Capitals
2. Blackhawks
3. Kings
4. Ducks
5. Stars
6. Panthers
7. Lightning
8. Rangers
9. Sharks
10. Blues
11. Islanders
12. Predators
13. Bruins
14. Red Wings
15. Penguins
16. Devils 

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