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Super 16: Bruins take over No. 1 spot, Hurricanes move into top 10

The Boston Bruins tied their best start to a season in 18 years and don’t appear worse for the wear after an extended run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.The Bruins have won each of their first three games as part of a season-opening four-game road trip and have vaulted to the top of…

Super 16: Bruins take over No. 1 spot, Hurricanes move into top 10

The Boston Bruins tied their best start to a season in 18 years and don’t appear worse for the wear after an extended run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

The Bruins have won each of their first three games as part of a season-opening four-game road trip and have vaulted to the top of the Super 16 rankings from No. 4 last week.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, who were No. 1 last week, fell two spots to No. 3.

The Hurricanes were the biggest gainers, using a 4-0-0 start to jump nine spots from No. 15 to No. 6. The Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers each joined the rankings this week.

The Dallas Stars, who have one win in four games, dropped seven spots from No. 8 to No. 15.

To create the power rankings, each of the 13 staff members puts together his or her version of what they think the Super 16 should look like. Those are submitted and a point total is assigned to each.

The team picked first is given 16 points, second gets 15, third gets 14 and so on down to No. 16, which gets one point. 

Here is the latest Super 16:

1. Boston Bruins (3-0-0)

Total points: 186
Last week: No. 4
Hit:
The Bruins have 11 skaters with at least one point and do not have a skater with a negative plus/minus rating.
Miss: None

Video: BOS@VGK: Marchand pots wrister for second goal

2. St. Louis Blues (2-0-1)

Total points: 173
Last week: No. 2
Hit:
St. Louis has points in each of its first three games, each against an opponent that qualified for the playoffs last season (Washington Capitals, Dallas Stars, Toronto Maple Leafs).
Miss: Center Ryan O’Reilly and forwards Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz have combined for no goals this season after they were the Blues’ top three scorers in the playoffs last season, combining for 31.

3. Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-1)

Total points: 167
Last week: No. 1
Hit:
Their top three scorers are each defensemen; Mikhail Sergachev has four assists, Kevin Shattenkirk has two goals and one assist and Victor Hedman has three assists.
Miss: The Lightning have been outshot in two of three games and have a shot differential of minus-31 (78-109).

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

Total points: 158
Last week: No. 3
Hit:
Center Auston Matthews has five goals and is one of five Maple Leafs players with at least two goals (forwards Mitchell Marner, William Nylander, Trevor Moore, Frederik Gauthier, two each).
Miss: They have allowed eight regulation goals in their past two games, home losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Blues.

Video: Kevin McGran on Auston Matthews’ goal streak

5. Vegas Golden Knights (2-1-0)

Total points: 149
Last week: No. 5
Hit:
Vegas leads the League with three shorthanded goals and has killed off 12 of 13 penalties (92.3 percent).
Miss: They rank second-worst in the League winning 44.3 percent of face-offs (77-of-174).

6. Carolina Hurricanes (4-0-0)

Total points: 142
Last week: No. 15
Hit:
They’ve won their first four games to match the best start in their history, which included rallying in the third period in each of the first three.
Miss: Petr Mrazek has allowed six goals on 49 shots (2.84 goals-against average, .878 save percentage) in two games.

7. Washington Capitals (2-0-2)

Total points: 126
Last week: No. 9
Hit:
Defenseman John Carlson has five points (one goal, four assists) and is among the League leaders in ice time per game (25:44).
Miss: The Capitals have been outscored 6-2 in the third period and overtime this season.

8. Nashville Predators (2-1-0)

Total points: 121
Last week: No. 6
Hit:
Center Matt Duchene, who signed a seven-year contract with Nashville on July 1, has six assists in his first three games.
Miss: Of their 13 goals this season, one has come in the first period.

9. Colorado Avalanche (2-0-0)

Total points: 120
Last week: No. 7
Hit:
Forward Mikko Rantanen has two straight multipoint games (three goals, one assist) to start the season.
Miss: The penalty kill has struggled; Colorado has allowed three goals on eight shorthanded opportunities (62.5 percent).

10. Calgary Flames (1-1-1)

Total points: 75
Last week: No. 11
Hit:
Their big three forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk and center Sean Monahan have 13 points (six goals, seven assists).
Miss: Calgary is tied for the second-most penalties in the League with 19 and tied for third with 16 minor penalties.

11. Edmonton Oilers (3-0-0)

Total points: 66
Last week: NR
Hit:
Forward James Neal had four goals in a 5-2 win at the New York Islanders on Tuesday and has six goals in three games. He had seven goals in 63 games with the Flames last season.
Miss: Defenseman Adam Larsson will be out 6-8 weeks because of a fractured right fibula.

Video: EDM@NYI: Neal nets PPG on tip-in, earns hat trick

12. Anaheim Ducks (3-0-0)

Total points: 57
Last week: NR
Hit:
John Gibson has allowed three goals on 101 shots (.970 save percentage) and has won seven straight starts dating to last season.
Miss: The Ducks are 0-for-6 on the power play this season.

13. Buffalo Sabres (3-0-1)

Total points: 37
Last week: NR
Hit:
Center Jack Eichel has three goals and four assists in four games. Five of his seven points have come on the power play.
Miss: Forward Conor Sheary, who has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games, is week to week with an upper-body injury.

14. New York Rangers (2-0-0)

Total points: 34
Last week: NR
Hit:
Their top line of center Mika Zibanejad and forwards Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich has 14 points in two games (six goals, eight assists).
Miss: Forward Kaapo Kakko, the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, doesn’t have a point and is minus-1.

15. Dallas Stars (1-3-0)

Total points: 32
Last week: No. 8
Hit:
Forward Roope Hintz leads the Stars with four goals; he had nine in 58 games last season.
Miss: Forwards Joe Pavelski, signed to a three-year contract on July 1, and Jamie Benn have combined for two assists.

Video: DAL@WSH: Hintz fires wrist shot by Holtby

16. Winnipeg Jets (2-2-0)

Total points: 31
Last week: No. 14
Hit:
Center Mark Scheifele and forward Patrik Laine have six points (one goal, five assists each), and forward Nikolaj Ehlers has five points (one goal, four assists).
Miss: Special teams have not been good; the Jets are 1-for-9 on the power play (11.1 percent) and 2-for-7 on the penalty kill (71.4 percent).

Others receiving points: Florida Panthers 21; Pittsburgh Penguins 19; Philadelphia Flyers 16; San Jose Sharks 12; Montreal Canadiens 10; New York Islanders 7; Detroit Red Wings 5; Arizona Coyotes 3; Columbus Blue Jackets 1

Dropped out: San Jose Sharks (No. 10), Florida Panthers (No. 12), Pittsburgh Penguins (No. 13), New York Islanders (No. 16)

HERE’S HOW WE RANKED ‘EM

AMALIE BENJAMIN
1. Toronto Maple Leafs; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. St. Louis Blues; 8. Carolina Hurricanes; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Buffalo Sabres; 13. Dallas Stars; 14. Calgary Flames; 15. Winnipeg Jets; 16. New York Islanders

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

BRIAN COMPTON
1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Edmonton Oilers; 3. Anaheim Ducks; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Buffalo Sabres; 9. New York Rangers; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Toronto Maple Leafs; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Detroit Red Wings; 15. Tampa Bay Lightning; 16. Calgary Flames

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA
1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Vegas Golden Knights; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Toronto Maple Leafs; 6. Dallas Stars; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. San Jose Sharks; 10. Nashville Predators; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Calgary Flames; 13. Florida Panthers; 14. Arizona Coyotes; 15. Carolina Hurricanes; 16. Columbus Blue Jackets

TOM GULITTI
1. St. Louis Blues; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Tampa Bay Lightning; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8, Nashville Predators; 9. Vegas Golden Knights; 10. Calgary Flames; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins. 15. Buffalo Sabres; 16. New York Rangers

ADAM KIMELMAN
1. Carolina Hurricanes; 2. Tampa Bay Lightning; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. St. Louis Blues; 6. Washington Capitals; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Toronto Maple Leafs; 9. Anaheim Ducks; 10. Nashville Predators; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Buffalo Sabres; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. New York Rangers

ROBERT LAFLAMME
1. Boston Bruins; 2. St. Louis Blues; 3. Toronto Maple Leafs; 4. Tampa Bay Lightning; 5. Carolina Hurricanes; 6. Vegas Golden Knights; 7. Washington Capitals; 8. Calgary Flames; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Colorado Avalanche; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Edmonton Oilers; 13. Anaheim Ducks; 14. New York Rangers; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

MIKE G. MORREALE
1. St. Louis Blues; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. Calgary Flames; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Nashville Predators; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Colorado Avalanche; 11. New York Rangers; 12. Philadelphia Flyers; 13. Winnipeg Jets; 14. Pittsburgh Penguins; 15. Anaheim Ducks; 16. Montreal Canadiens

TRACEY MYERS
1. St. Louis Blues; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Nashville Predators; 5. Vegas Golden Knights; 6. Edmonton Oilers; 7. Toronto Maple Leafs; 8. Colorado Avalanche; 9. Tampa Bay Lightning; 10. Washington Capitals; 11. Buffalo Sabres; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. New York Rangers; 14. Winnipeg Jets; 15. Detroit Red Wings; 16. Montreal Canadiens

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

SHAWN P. ROARKE
1. Tampa Bay Lightning; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Vegas Golden Knights; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Nashville Predators; 6. St. Louis Blues; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Calgary Flames; 9. Washington Capitals; 10. Colorado Avalanche; 11. Pittsburgh Penguins; 12. Florida Panthers; 13. San Jose Sharks; 14. Buffalo Sabres; 15. New York Rangers; 16. Anaheim Ducks

DAN ROSEN
1. Boston Bruins; 2. Carolina Hurricanes; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Vegas Golden Knights; 5. St. Louis Blues; 6. Toronto Maple Leafs; 7. Nashville Predators; 8. Washington Capitals; 9. Colorado Avalanche; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Calgary Flames; 12. Anaheim Ducks; 13. Montreal Canadiens; 14. Dallas Stars; 15. New York Rangers; 16. Buffalo Sabres

MIKE ZEISBERGER
1. St. Louis Blues; 2. Boston Bruins; 3. Tampa Bay Lightning; 4. Toronto Maple Leafs; 5. Washington Capitals; 6. Carolina Hurricanes; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Colorado Avalanche; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Edmonton Oilers; 11. Anaheim Ducks; 12. New York Rangers; 13. Buffalo Sabres; 14. Montreal Canadiens; 15. Calgary Flames; 16. Philadelphia Flyers

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