Super 16: Vegas new No. 1, Stars, Rangers enter NHL.com power rankings

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Vegas moved ahead of the Colorado Avalanche, who haven’t played since April 14 because of NHL COVID-19 protocol.

The Carolina Hurricanes moved up two spots to No. 3 and the Florida Panthers moved up three to No. 8. Carolina and Florida are tied for first place in the Discover Central Division.

The Dallas Stars (No. 14) and New York Rangers (No. 16) earned enough voting points to get into the Super 16 this week, knocking out the St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens.

Video: Super 16: Golden Knights hold the top ranking

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. Vegas Golden Knights (33-11-2)
Total points: 217
Last week: No. 2

The Golden Knights are the first team this season to clinch a Stanley Cup Playoff berth. Vegas has won eight in a row and leads the Honda West Division.

2. Colorado Avalanche (30-9-4)
Total points: 215
Last week: No. 1

The Avalanche haven’t played since April 14 because of NHL COVID-19 protocol. They are scheduled to return at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

3. Carolina Hurricanes (30-10-5)
Total points: 189
Last week: No. 5

The Hurricanes have allowed six goals in a four-game point streak (3-0-1) and rookie goalie Alex Nedeljkovic has allowed two goals on 79 shots (.975 save percentage) in his three-game winning streak since April 8. Carolina is tied for first in the Central Division with the Florida Panthers with two games in hand.

Video: NHL Tonight on the Canes leading the Central Division

4. Tampa Bay Lightning (30-14-2)
Total points: 171
Last week: No. 3

The Lightning have lost three of their past five games and eight of 14 since March 25. They have fallen into third place in the Central, three points behind the Hurricanes and Panthers. Center Steven Stamkos has missed six games with a lower-body injury.

5. Florida Panthers (30-12-5)
Total points: 161
Last week: No. 8

The Panthers have won three straight games and have a point in five straight (4-0-1) with a plus-8 goal differential (19-11) since losing three in a row from April 6-10. Sam Bennett has scored five points (three goals, two assists) and is plus-7 in three games since the forward was traded to Florida by the Calgary Flames on April 12. 

6. Washington Capitals (29-13-4)
Total points: 150
Last week: No. 4

Anthony Mantha has scored in all four games since the forward was traded to Washington by the Detroit Red Wings on April 12. The Capitals have allowed 14 goals in losing two of their past three games. They are tied for first in the MassMutual East Division with the New York Islanders. Each team has 10 games remaining and play each other three straight times starting Thursday.

Video: WSH@BOS: Mantha fires wrist shot through for PPG

7. New York Islanders (29-13-4)
Total points: 147
Last week: No. 7

The Islanders are 20-for-21 on the penalty kill (95.2 percent) in nine games since April 3. They are 6-3-0 in those games. 

8. Toronto Maple Leafs (28-13-5)
Total points: 115
Last week: No. 6

The Maple Leafs are 0-3-2 since going 9-0-1 from March 20-April 10. They have scored a power-play goal in back-to-back games after scoring one in 17 games from March 11-April 15 (1-for-42). Toronto is first in the Scotia North Division.

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (29-14-3)
Total points: 114
Last week: No. 9

Sidney Crosby has scored 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 16 games since March 20. The center has a point in 13 of the 16 games and the Penguins are 11-3-2. Crosby has gone back-to-back games without a point twice this season. Pittsburgh is third in the East, three points behind the Capitals and Islanders.

10. Boston Bruins (26-12-6)
Total points: 106
Last week: No. 12

The Bruins have allowed six goals in a five-game winning streak since losing 8-1 to the Capitals on April 11. They are fourth in the East, three points behind the Penguins.

11. Minnesota Wild (29-13-3)
Total points: 97
Last week: No. 11

The Wild, who are third in the West Division, have won four straight home games since April 7 and are 15-1-0 at Xcel Energy Center since Jan. 31. They’re scheduled to play seven of their last nine games at home after ending a four-game road trip at the Los Angeles Kings on Friday and at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

12. Winnipeg Jets (27-15-3)
Total points: 76
Last week: No. 10

The Jets scored a power-play goal in four straight games before a 3-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Blake Wheeler is expected to play against the Maple Leafs on Thursday. The forward has missed six games with a concussion.

13. Edmonton Oilers (27-16-2)
Total points: 60
Last week: No. 13

The Oilers are trying to catch the Maple Leafs for first in the North while jockeying for position in the top three with the Jets. Their next eight games are against Winnipeg (two games), the Calgary Flames (two games) and Vancouver Canucks (four games). Edmonton is 13-7-0 against those teams this season, including 5-2-0 against Winnipeg.

14. Dallas Stars (19-14-12)
Total points: 25
Last week: NR

The Stars have won four in a row, outscoring their opponents 17-6, and have a point in eight straight games (6-0-2) while outscoring opponents 30-13. They are fifth in the Central but have three games in hand on the Nashville Predators.

Video: DET@DAL: Robertson hammers dish to extend lead

15. Nashville Predators (25-21-2)
Total points: 24
Last week: No. 14

Matt Duchene has played three games after the forward missed 22 with a lower-body injury. Eeli Tolvanen returned Wednesday after the forward missed seven games with a lower-body injury. Nashville is playing without forwards Filip Forsberg (upper body, 14 games missed, week to week) and Brad Richardson (lower body, 22 games missed). The Predators are fourth in the Central.

16. New York Rangers (23-17-6)
Total points: 23
Last week: NR

The Rangers had their four-game winning streak and six-game point streak end in a 6-1 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, when defenseman Jacob Trouba sustained an upper-body injury. They are fifth in the East, six points behind the Bruins. 

Others receiving points: St. Louis Blues 7, Montreal Canadiens 7

Dropped out: Blues (No. 15), Canadiens (No. 16)

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM 

AMALIE BENJAMIN 

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

TIM CAMPBELL

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

BRIAN COMPTON

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

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

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

TOM GULITTI 

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

ADAM KIMELMAN

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

ROBERT LAFLAMME 

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

MIKE G. MORREALE

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

TRACEY MYERS 

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

BILL PRICE

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE 

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

DAN ROSEN 

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

DAVID SATRIANO

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

MIKE ZEISBERGER 

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

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