Super 16: Predators enter NHL.com power rankings

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The Lightning were one of four teams to be ranked No. 1 by the 14 participating staff members after being a unanimous No. 1 the past two weeks. 

Tampa Bay was ranked No. 1 by seven staff members. The Vegas Golden Knights were ranked No. 1 by four, the Colorado Avalanche by two, and the Washington Capitals by one.

The Avalanche moved up three spots to No. 3 and the Pittsburgh Penguins also moved up three to No. 12.

The Nashville Predators got into the Super 16 this week at No. 16.

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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. Tampa Bay Lightning (24-9-2)
Total points: 216
Last week: No. 1

The Lightning have hit their first rough patch of the season, losing three games in a row (in regulation) for the first time. They have been outscored 3-0 on special teams during the losing streak.

2. Vegas Golden Knights (24-9-1)
Total points: 202
Last week: No. 2

The Golden Knights are back to having arguably the best goalie duo in the NHL with the return of Robin Lehner to join Marc-Andre Fleury, who was 12-5-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and three shutouts in 17 starts when Lehner was out of the lineup from Feb. 9-March 17.

3. Colorado Avalanche (23-8-4)
Total points: 187
Last week: No. 6

The Avalanche are neck and neck with the Golden Knights for first place in the Honda West Division. They are 3-2-1 against the Golden Knights after earning three of four points against them March 25 and 27, and visit Vegas two more times (April 26 and 28).

Video: ARI@COL: Avalanche score five goals in the 1st period

4. Washington Capitals (23-8-4)
Total points: 184
Last week: No. 4

The Capitals lead the NHL in wins (15) and points percentage (.816) since Feb. 21. They are 15-3-1, averaging 3.47 goals per game and 2.47 against, in that span. Alex Ovechkin has scored 13 goals in those 19 games after the left wing scored five in his first 12.

5. Carolina Hurricanes (23-8-3)
Total points: 183
Last week: No. 3

Vincent Trocheck had an assist in his return to the lineup, a 2-1 loss at the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, after the forward missed eight games with an upper-body injury. He has a point in the past seven games he’s played (four goals, five assists). Carolina was 5-1-2 without him.

6. Florida Panthers (23-9-4)
Total points: 145
Last week: No. 7

The Panthers have won three consecutive games after losing three in a row. They hope to get back center Aleksander Barkov during a four-game homestand that continues against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday and ends with games against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday and Sunday. Barkov (37 points; 13 goals, 24 assists in 31 games) has missed five games with a lower-body injury.

7. New York Islanders (22-10-4)
Total points: 139
Last week: No. 5

The Islanders are coming off back-to-back losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins and are 2-4-2 against them this season. They’re also 0-3-0 against the Capitals, whom they host Thursday, and 20-3-2 against the rest of the MassMutual East Division.

Video: NYI@PIT: Barzal races by defender and rips puck home

8. Toronto Maple Leafs (23-10-3)
Total points: 122
Last week: No. 8

Frederik Andersen remains out with a lower-body injury that has kept the goalie off the ice since he last played March 19. Andersen has missed five games and it’s not clear when he will resume skating and have a chance to rejoin the lineup.

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (23-11-2)
Total points: 118
Last week: No. 12

The Penguins are 16-3-1 at PPG Paints Arena to lead the NHL in home wins. They are plus-28 in goal differential, 24.6 percent on the power play, and 84.6 percent on the penalty kill at home. They are 7-8-1 on the road, where they play their next six games and eight of nine.
 
10. Minnesota Wild (21-11-2)
Total points: 91
Last week: No. 10

Minnesota has won a Wild-record 11 consecutive home games and are 13-3-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season. They play 12 of their final 20 games at home after finishing a four-game road trip.

11. Winnipeg Jets (22-13-2)
Total points: 90
Last week: No. 11

The Jets ended a stretch of playing 12 of 14 games on the road from March 4-29 by going 8-5-1, including 7-4-1 away from home, before returning to Winnipeg for four straight games. They have 12 road wins this season, tied for most in the NHL with the Panthers, Hurricanes and St. Louis Blues.

12. Boston Bruins (18-9-5)
Total points: 77
Last week: No. 9

The Bruins are 4-1-1 in their past six games. Center David Krejci has eight assists in his past five, including three in a 5-4 come-from-behind shootout win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Goalie Tuukka Rask has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. He also missed six in a row from March 9-18 with an apparent back injury. 

13. Edmonton Oilers (22-14-1)
Total points: 61
Last week: No. 13

The Oilers are 0-for-9 on the power play in their past five games and their five-game point streak (4-0-1) ended with a 4-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Connor McDavid‘s 11-game point streak also ended. The center scored 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) from March 6-29, including at least two in eight of the games.

14. Montreal Canadiens (15-8-9)
Total points: 37
Last week: No. 15

The Canadiens have a point in five straight games (3-0-2) and will get center Eric Staal in their lineup in the coming days after the 36-year-old was traded to Montreal by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Staal began serving his mandatory seven-day quarantine Saturday. The Canadiens began their season-ending stretch of 25 games in 43 days by defeating the Oilers on Tuesday.

15. St. Louis Blues (16-13-6)
Total points: 20
Last week: No. 14

The Blues are 0-3-1 in their past four games and 2-5-4 in their past 11. They are 7-8-4 in the 18 games defenseman Colton Parayko has missed with an upper-body injury and play 17 of their last 21 games against the Golden Knights, Avalanche and Wild. 

16. Nashville Predators (19-17-1)
Total points: 17
Last week: NR

The Predators have won six straight games and eight of nine to climb into fourth place in the Discover Central Division. Filip Forsberg is week to week with an upper-body injury. The forward joins defenseman Ryan Ellis and forward Matt Duchene on the sidelines.

Others receiving points: Chicago Blackhawks 6, Arizona Coyotes 4, New York Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2

Dropped out: Blackhawks (No. 16)

 

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

TOM GULITTI 

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

PETE JENSEN

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS 

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

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

DAN ROSEN 

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

DAVID SATRIANO

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

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

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