For the third week in a row, we have a new No. 1 on top of the Super 16.
The New York Rangers moved to the front of the pack on the strength of a 3-0-1 week. In three games without captain and second-leading scorer Ryan Callahan, the Rangers went 2-0-1. They have earned at least a point in seven of their last eight games and beat the defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins on Sunday 4-3. It was their third win in as many tries against them this season.
There are teams rising at the bottom of this week's power rankings, too, clearly sniffing a playoff spot and pulling out all the stops to get there.
Here's this week's Super 16:
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|RANK ||TEAM (RECORD) ||LAST WK ||COMMENTARY |
|1 ||N.Y. Rangers (42-15-7) ||4 ||In a strange coincidence, the Rangers earned their 91st point against the Bruins on Sunday; last season, they earned their 91st point against the Bruins, only it was on April 4 in Game 80. |
|2 ||St. Louis (41-18-7) ||2 ||Winners of four of their last five, the Blues are on pace for 111 points. It would be three short of the franchise record set in 1999-2000, when the Blues won the Presidents' Trophy but lost in the first round of the playoffs. |
|3 ||Pittsburgh (38-21-5) ||7 || |
Jordan Staal has 33 points in 44 games, the best points-per-game average of his career. If not for a knee injury that cost him 15 games, his season would be garnering more attention.
|4 ||Vancouver (41-17-8) ||1 ||The Canucks have dropped three of four, but have picked up points in three of four. They have earned at least a point in 18 of their last 20 games. |
|5 ||Nashville (38-20-7) ||5 ||Since acquiring Hal Gill, the Preds are 5-1-1. In two games with the club, Andrei Kostitsyn has a goal and an assist, and Paul Gaustad had an assist, and won 15-of-22 faceoffs in his one game. |
|6 ||Detroit (43-20-3) |
|6 || |
The Red Wings clearly are not the same team with Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk out, but what team would be? If the lower-body injury Jimmy Howard suffered Sunday is serious, then there could be problems.
|7 ||Philadelphia (36-21-7) ||10 || |
Is Ilya Bryzgalov figuring it out? In his last three starts, the enigmatic goaltender has stopped 77 of 81 shots for a .951 save percentage.
|8 ||Chicago (26-24-7) ||12 || |
The streakiness of the Blackhawks is fascinating. Since Jan. 15, they have won three straight, lost nine straight, won four straight, lost three straight, and won three straight.
|9 ||Phoenix (33-23-9) ||3 ||After a near-perfect February, the air has come out of the balloon with two straight losses to open March. The Coyotes are just three points clear of ninth in the West. |
|10 ||Dallas (35-26-5) ||15 ||The Stars are 6-0-1 in their last seven. In Kari Lehtonen's last six games, he is 5-0-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. |
|11 ||Buffalo (30-27-8) ||NR ||Here's yet another team on a 6-0-1 run. It's also mostly been about the goaltender, as Ryan Miller has allowed just 10 goals in that stretch and posted two shutouts. |
|12 ||Boston (38-28-3) ||8 ||The Bruins can look dominant at times and pedestrian at others. It's a big reason why they haven't strung together consecutive victories since Jan. 10-12. |
|13 ||Tampa Bay (31-28-6) ||NR || |
For weeks, it looked like no one wanted the No. 8 spot in the East. Winners of four straight and seven of nine, the Lightning are two points out with a game in hand.
|14 ||Ottawa (34-25-8) ||11 ||With Craig Anderson out, rookie goaltender Robin Lehner has held the fort. He lost back-to-back games this weekend, but he's posted a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage. |
|15 ||Los Angeles (30-23-12) ||NR || |
They've won back-to-back games for the first time since winning the two games that bridged the All-Star break. They've won three of four and are three points back of the lead in the Pacific.
|16 ||Winnipeg (31-27-8) ||16 ||As rough as the 5-3 loss to the Oilers was, the 7-0 shellacking of the Southeast-leading Panthers three nights later was even more impressive. They have a big game with the Sabres at home Monday. |
Author: Dave Lozo | NHL.com Staff Writer