Super 16: Lightning reclaim No. 1, Canadiens climb power rankings

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The Canadiens, who lead the NHL with 4.40 goals per game, moved up two spots to No. 2 this week. They were ranked No. 8 two weeks ago in the first Super 16 of the season and No. 15 in the preseason Super 16.

Montreal was ranked No. 1 by five of the 14 participating staff members this week.

The Tampa Bay Lightning moved up to retake the top spot in the Super 16 from the Vegas Golden Knights, who didn’t play and dropped two spots to No. 3.

The Philadelphia Flyers (No. 10) moved up two spots, and the Carolina Hurricanes (No. 11) moved up three. The Winnipeg Jets (No. 13) and Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 14) each fell three.

To create the Super 16, each of the 14 staff members put together his or her version of what they think it should look like. Those were submitted and a point total was 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. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-1-1)

Total points: 211
Last week: No. 2

Steven Stamkos has scored four goals, three on the power play, in eight games. His power-play goal in a 5-2 win against the Nashville Predators on Monday was his 301st power-play point (158 goals, 143 assists), putting him first in Lightning history, one ahead of forward Martin St. Louis.

Video: NSH@TBL: Stamkos sets team power play mark with goal

 

2. Montreal Canadiens (7-1-2)

Total points: 193
Last week: No. 4

Tyler Toffoli leads the NHL with nine goals, including eight in five games against the Vancouver Canucks, the team he played for at the end of last season. The forward scored two in a 5-3 win against Vancouver on Tuesday for his third multigoal game of the season. The Canadiens are 4-0-1 with 28 goals against the Canucks and have scored at least five goals in each game.

3. Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-1)

Total points: 183
Last week: No. 1

The Golden Knights haven’t played since Jan. 26. They had three games postponed because three coaches and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo were being isolated in connection with the NHL COVID-19 protocol. Vegas is scheduled to host the Los Angeles Kings on Friday.

4. Washington Capitals (6-1-3)

Total points: 158
Last week: No. 3

The Capitals had a nine-game point streak (6-0-3), their best start to a season, end Monday when they lost 5-3 to the Boston Bruins after blowing a 3-0 lead. They have trailed for 48:52 in their 10 games.

5. Dallas Stars (5-1-1)

Total points: 140
Last week: No. 5

Joe Pavelski has scored 14 points (seven goals, seven assists), including five power-play goals. The forward scored a point in five straight games (10 points; five goals, five assists) to start the season before gettng none in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. He followed that by scoring four points (two goals, two assists) in a 6-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Video: DAL@CBJ: Pavelski redirects Klingberg’s point shot in

 

6. Colorado Avalanche (7-3-1)

Total points: 139
Last week: No. 7

The Avalanche won their first game without center Nathan MacKinnon, 2-1 against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. MacKinnon (14 points; two goals, 12 assists in 10 games) is week to week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wild on Sunday. He joins a lengthy Avalanche injured list that includes goalie Pavel Francouz (lower body); forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (lower body) and Matt Calvert (upper body); and defensemen Devon Toews (lower body) and Erik Johnson (upper body). They’re each week to week.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs (7-2-1)

Total points: 138
Last week: No. 6

The Maple Leafs are 5-0-1 in one-goal games, winning their first five before losing 4-3 in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, when they came back from down 3-1. Toronto is 4-0-1 in its past five games. Auston Matthews has scored in each of the past five games he’s played.

8. St. Louis Blues (7-2-1)

Total points: 119
Last week: No. 9

Mike Hoffman scored his second goal of the season in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. The forward has a point in three straight games (one goal, two assists) after scoring two points (one goal, one assist) in his first six. The Blues have won four in a row, scoring at least four goals in each game.

9. Boston Bruins (7-1-2)

Total points: 118
Last week: No. 8

David Pastrnak, playing his third game of the season Wednesday after recovering from offseason hip surgery, scored a hat trick and had an assist on the overtime goal by Patrice Bergeron in a 4-3 comeback win against the Philadelphia Flyers. Pastrnak scored twice in a 5-3 win against the Capitals on Monday.

10. Philadelphia Flyers (7-2-2)

Total points: 111
Last week: No. 12

Brian Elliott has delivered as the Flyers’ No. 2 goalie, going 3-0-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout in four games (three starts).

11. Carolina Hurricanes (6-1-0)

Total points: 106
Last week: No. 14

James Reimer is 4-0-0 with a 2.19 GAA and .915 save percentage in four games (three starts), including 30 saves in a 4-3 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. He will get plenty of work with goalie Petr Mrazek sidelined following surgery on his right thumb. Jordan Staal has scored a point in four straight games (one goal, five assists). Carolina has won five in a row.

Video: DAL@CAR: Staal tips puck in for PPG to open scoring

 

12. Florida Panthers (5-0-1)

Total points: 95
Last week: No. 13

The Panthers are 4-0-1 in one-goal games and 2-0-1 in games they allow the first goal. Their six-game point streak to start the season is the second longest in their history, behind a 12-game streak (8-0-4 ties) to start the 1996-97 season.

13. Winnipeg Jets (6-3-1)

Total points: 50
Last week: No. 10

The Jets are 9-for-9 on the penalty kill in their past three games and 17-for-19 in their past seven. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck needs one win to set a Jets/Atlanta Thrashers record. He’s tied with Ondrej Pavelec with 152.

14. Pittsburgh Penguins (5-4-1)

Total points: 39
Last week: No. 11

Injuries have ravaged Penguins defensemen with six out of the lineup, including four who started the season in their top six (Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson and Mike Matheson). Letang sustained a lower-body injury in a 5-4 overtime win against the New York Rangers on Saturday and didn’t play in a 3-1 loss to New York on Monday.

15. Minnesota Wild (6-5-0)

Total points: 23
Last week: No. 15

The Wild had four games postponed through Feb. 9 after five players were placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol Wednesday: defenseman Jared Spurgeon, and forwards Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Johansson. Goalie Cam Talbot is back after missing four games and played well in two starts against the Avalanche, going 1-1-0 allowing five goals on 56 shots (.911 save percentage).

16. Calgary Flames (4-4-1)

Total points: 12
Last week: NR

The Flames have allowed the first goal in six of their nine games and scored six goals in the first period this season. The defense pair of Noah Hanifin and Christopher Tanev was on the ice for their first goal against in nine games together in a 3-2 loss to the Jets on Tuesday. Johnny Gaudreau has scored a point in each of the nine games (six goals, five assists).

Others receiving points: New York Islanders 9, Edmonton Oilers 8, New Jersey Devils 7, Columbus Blue Jackets 6, Vancouver Canucks 1

Dropped out: Islanders (No. 16)

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE

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

DAN ROSEN

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

DAVID SATRIANO

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER

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

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