April 24, 2024

Super 16: Compare teams in NHL.com’s power rankings versus preseason expectations

16. Capitals of Washington (36-28-10)

Total points: 10
Last week: No. 15

“Before the season, I thought the Capitals could get back into the playoffs after missing last season if a lot of things fell into place. Some of those things did happen, including young forwards like Connor McMichael, Hendrix Lapierre and Aliaksei Protas filling key roles, but others, such as Evgeny Kuznetsov who bounced back from a poor season, have not, despite Kuznetsov’s personal and off-ice problems before being traded to the Hurricanes, and Alex Ovechkin who scored eight goals in his first 43 games before rediscovering his scoring touch with the Hurricanes. With eighteen goals since then, the Capitals are in a position to qualify for the play-offs. Goalkeeper Charlie Lindgren deserves a lot of credit for that, along with the entire team that commitment to playing a structured game under new NHL coach Spencer Carbery.” — Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Others receive points: Philadelphia Flyers 9, New York Islanders 2, Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Detroit Red Wings 1, Minnesota Wild 1

Fallen out: Flyers (no. 16)

New Amsterdam Game of the Week

Each week, NHL.com will highlight one game featuring two teams playing in the Super 16. In this edition, it’s the No. 4 Avalanche against the No. 8 Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Friday (9 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNW , ALT).

They’re both in the playoffs and won’t meet until the Western Conference Finals at the earliest, but this matchup is less about the teams and more about the race for the Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top scorer. Nathan MacKinnon has 127 points, three behind Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov for the NHL lead. Connor McDavid of Edmonton had 126 points. It’s not a head-to-head matchup between McDavid and MacKinnon on Friday night, but that will be the talk of the game, the main storyline. They meet again in Denver on April 18, the final day of the regular season.

Here’s how we ranked them

AMALIA BENJAMIN

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. New York Rangers; 3. Dallas Stars; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Vancouver Canucks; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Carolina Hurricanes; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Toronto Maple Leaves; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Capitals of Washington

BRIAN COMPTON

1. Dallas Stars; 2. New York Rangers; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. Vancouver Canucks; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Toronto Maple Leaves; 10. Nashville Predators; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 14. Capitals of Washington; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Kings of Los Angeles

NICHOLAS J. COTSONIKA

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Vancouver Canucks; 7. Edmonton Oilers; 8. Florida Panthers; 9. Toronto Maple Leaves; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Capitals of Washington

TOM GULITTI

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Vancouver Canucks; 7. Toronto Maple Leaves; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Capitals of Washington

ADAM KIMELMAN

1. New York Rangers; 2. Vancouver Canucks; 3. Dallas Stars; 4. Boston Bruins; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Carolina Hurricanes; 7. Edmonton Oilers; 8. Winnipeg Jets; 9. Florida Panthers; 10. Toronto Maple Leaves; 11. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. Philadelphia Flyers; 15. Kings of Los Angeles; 16. New York Islanders

MIKE G. MORREALE

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Colorado Avalanche; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Vancouver Canucks; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Toronto Maple Leaves; 10. Vegas Golden Knights; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Minnesota Wild

TRACEY MYERS

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Colorado Avalanche; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Vancouver Canucks; 8. Toronto Maple Leaves; 9. Edmonton Oil Companies; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Capitals of Washington

INVOICE PRICE

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vancouver Canucks; 5. Carolina Hurricanes; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Edmonton Oilers; 9. Winnipeg Jets; 10. Toronto Maple Leaves; 11. Nashville Predators; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Philadelphia Flyers; 16. Capitals of Washington

SHAWN P. ROARKE

1. Colorado Avalanche; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Carolina Hurricanes; 4. New York Rangers; 5. Florida Panthers; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Nashville Predators; 8. Vancouver Canucks; 9. Edmonton Oil Companies; 10. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 11. Winnipeg Jets; 12. Toronto Maple Leaves; 13. Vegas Golden Knights; 14. Kings of Los Angeles; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

DAN ROSEN

1. Dallas Stars; 2. Colorado Avalanche; 3. New York Rangers; 4. Carolina Hurricanes; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Boston Bruins; 7. Vegas Golden Knights; 8. Toronto Maple Leaves; 9. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 10. Vancouver Canucks; 11. Florida Panthers; 12. Winnipeg Jets; 13. Nashville Predators; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. Pittsburgh Penguins

DAVID SATRIANO

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vancouver Canucks; 5. Carolina Hurricanes; 6. Colorado Avalanche; 7. Florida Panthers; 8. Winnipeg Jets; 9. Edmonton Oil Companies; 10. Toronto Maple Leaves; 11. Vegas Golden Knights; 12. Nashville Predators; 13. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. St. Louis Blues; 16. New York Islanders

DEREK VAN DIEST

1. New York Rangers; 2. Dallas Stars; 3. Boston Bruins; 4. Vancouver Canucks; 5. Edmonton Oilers; 6. Florida Panthers; 7. Colorado Avalanche; 8. Carolina Hurricanes; 9. Nashville Predators; 10. Winnipeg Jets; 11. Toronto Maple Leaves; 12. Vegas Golden Knights; 13. Lightning in Tampa Bay; 14. Los Angeles Kings; 15. Capitals of Washington; 16. Detroit Red Wings

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