Super 16: Bruins remain No. 1, Oilers enter NHL.com power rankings

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The Oilers, winners of four straight games, are ranked No. 11 this week. They were No. 14 in the preseason Super 16. 

The Florida Panthers entered the top five this week for the first time this season, moving up one spot to No. 5 to join the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins, Lightning, Golden Knights and Maple Leafs are Nos. 1-4 for the second consecutive week. It’s the third straight week those teams have made up the top four.

The Winnipeg Jets moved up four spots to No. 8. The Montreal Canadiens dropped seven spots to No. 15.

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. Boston Bruins (11-3-2)
Total points:
215
Last week: No. 1

David Pastrnak has scored nine goals in nine games, including two hat tricks against the Philadelphia Flyers, and 57 goals in 79 games since the start of last season. Jeremy Lauzon will be reevaluated in four weeks after the defenseman had surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand, an injury he sustained on his first shift of the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday game at Lake Tahoe against the Flyers.

Video: BOS@PHI: Pastrnak notches hat trick, forces OT

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-4-1)
Total points:
198
Last week: No. 2

Victor Hedman leads the Lightning with seven multipoint games. He also leads them with 18 points (four goals, 14 assists), one more point than forwards Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point

3. Vegas Golden Knights (11-4-1)
Total points:
191
Last week: No. 3

Alex Tuch has scored three goals in his past two games and seven goals in 16 games this season after the forward scored eight goals in 42 games last season. Marc-Andre Fleury‘s next win will be his 100th with the Golden Knights. He is 8-3-0 with three shutouts, a 1.55 goals-against average and a .942 save percentage in 11 games this season.

4. Toronto Maple Leafs (15-4-2)
Total points:
179
Last week: No. 4

Auston Matthews had a personal 16-game point streak end in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames on Monday. The center scored at least two points in seven of the games, including four each in the last two. The Maple Leafs have scored a power-play goal in 14 of 21 games.

5. Florida Panthers (12-4-2)
Total points:
173
Last week: No. 6

Panthers defensemen have scored 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists) in 18 games, fifth in the NHL. The only team with more points from defensemen that has played fewer than 20 games is the Lightning with 45 (six goals, 39 assists) in 17 games. Keith Yandle leads Florida defensemen with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists). Aaron Ekblad has scored 11 points (six goals, five assists).

6. Carolina Hurricanes (12-5-1)
Total points:
154
Last week: No. 7

The Hurricanes are 6-3-1 in their past 10 games, a stretch that included Carolina going 9-for-26 on the power play (34.5 percent). Center Jordan Staal leads them with three power-play goals and nine points (six goals, three assists) during that stretch.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Staal scores in 3rd period

7. Colorado Avalanche (9-6-1)
Total points:
146
Last week: No. 5

The Avalanche have scored the first goal in 11 of 16 games and outscored opponents 14-7 in the first period. 

8. Winnipeg Jets (11-6-1)
Total points:
103
Last week: No. 12

The Jets are 5-3-0 when allowing the first goal and 4-4-0 when trailing entering the third period. They have a plus-9 goal differential (23-14) after the second period, including 3-0 in overtime.

9. Philadelphia Flyers (9-4-3)
Total points:
89
Last week: No. 9

Claude Giroux was removed from the NHL COVID-19 protocol list Tuesday and defenseman Justin Braun came off Wednesday. The Flyers still have forwards Travis Konecny, Scott Laughton, Oskar Lindblom and Jakub Voracek on the list.

10. Washington Capitals (9-5-4)
Total points:
82
Last week: No. 13

Ilya Samsonov was assigned to Hershey of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, the goalie’s second stint there in the past 11 days. It’s possible a recall to the Capitals could come as soon as Thursday or Friday. Samsonov hasn’t played for Washington since Jan. 17 because of COVID-19 protocol. He entered the season as the No. 1 goalie after he was 16-6-2 with a 2.55 GAA, a .913 save percentage and one shutout in 26 games last season.

11. Edmonton Oilers (13-8-0)
Total points:
70
Last week: NR

The Oilers have won four consecutive games and 10 of 12 since Jan. 30, including five straight on the road. Their power play is 13-for-41 (31.7 percent) in those 12 games, and centers Connor McDavid (eight goals, 16 assists) and Leon Draisaitl (four goals, 16 assists) have combined to score 44 points during that stretch. 

Video: EDM@VAN: McDavid finishes off beautiful passing play

12. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-1)
Total points:
67
Last week: NR

The Penguins have won three in a row, with goalie Tristan Jarry starting allowing five goals on 89 shots (.944 save percentage). Evgeni Malkin has scored four points (one goal, three assists) after the center scored seven (three goals, four assists) in the first 14 games.

13. New York Islanders (9-6-3)
Total points:
65
Last week: No. 10

The Islanders are the only team that hasn’t lost in regulation at home this season (5-0-1). They will play eight of their next nine games on home ice, starting against the Boston Bruins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, SNE, SNO, SNP, MSG+, NESN, NHL.TV).

14. St. Louis Blues (10-8-2)
Total points:
50
Last week: No. 11

Mike Hoffman has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in seven games since Feb. 12. He scored seven points (four goals, three assists) in his first 12 games. The Blues are without forwards Tyler Bozak (upper body), Robert Thomas (hand), Jaden Schwartz (lower body) and Ivan Barbashev (ankle), and defensemen Colton Parayko (upper body) and Carl Gunnarsson (lower body).

15. Montreal Canadiens (9-5-4)
Total points:
49
Last week: No. 8

The Canadiens fired coach Claude Julien and associate coach Kirk Muller on Wednesday, naming assistant Dominique Ducharme as Julien’s replacement and adding Alexandre Burrows to the staff as an assistant. Montreal is 2-4-2 and has been outscored 24-17 in eight games since Feb. 4.

16. Chicago Blackhawks (10-6-4)
Total points:
36
Last week: No. 14

The Blackhawks are 8-2-1 since Jan. 31, including 5-1-1 in games decided by one goal. Patrick Kane has scored seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past two games. The right wing needs two goals to reach 400 in the NHL and is seven games from 1,000.

Others receiving points: Minnesota Wild 19, Dallas Stars 9, Los Angeles Kings 7, Arizona Coyotes 1, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

Dropped out: Dallas Stars (No. 15), New Jersey Devils (No. 16)

 

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. Boston Bruins; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. New York Islanders; 8. Philadelphia Flyers; 9. Chicago Blackhawks; 10. Montreal Canadiens; 11. Washington Capitals; 12. St. Louis Blues; 13. Colorado Avalanche; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Winnipeg Jets; 16. Columbus Blue Jackets

TRACEY MYERS

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Boston Bruins; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Colorado Avalanche; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Carolina Hurricanes; 7. Winnipeg Jets; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Dallas Stars; 11. St. Louis Blues; 12. Montreal Canadiens; 13. Philadelphia Flyers; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Chicago Blackhawks; 16. Arizona Coyotes

DAN ROSEN

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

DAVID SATRIANO

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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