Pens #1 line - Best in the league

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Pens #1 line - Best in the league

Postby Penspal on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:43 am

Best Lines in the league based upon goals (prior to Games March 13).


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Rk    Team    LW               Center            RW           GOALS
1     PIT    Chris Kunitz    Sidney Crosby    Pascal Dupuis     25
2     CAR    Jiri Tlusty     Eric Staal       Alexander Semin   20
3     BUF    Thomas Vanek    Cody Hodgson     Jason Pominville  19
4     BOS    Brad Marchand   Patrice Bergeron Tyler Seguin      16
5     TOR    J van Riemsdyk  Tyler Bozak      Phil Kessel       15
6     VAN    Daniel Sedin    Henrik Sedin     Alex Burrows      14
7     COL    Jamie McGinn    Matt Duchene     PA Parenteau      14
8     WPG    Andrew Ladd     Bryan Little     Blake Wheeler     13
9     LA     Dustin Brown    Anze Kopitar     Justin Williams   12
10    BOS    Milan Lucic     David Krejci     Nathan Horton     11
11    MTL    Max Pacioretty  David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher 11
12    CHI    Brandon Saad    Jonathan Toews   Marian Hossa      11
13    ANA    Daniel Winnik   Saku Koivu       Andrew Cogliano   11
14    NYI    Matt Moulson    John Tavares     Brad Boyes        10
15    FLA    Jon Huberdeau   Drew Shore       Peter Mueller      9
16    SJ     Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton     Joe Pavelski       9
17    MIN    Zach Parise     Mikko Koivu      Dany Heatley       8
18    DAL    Brenden Morrow  Jamie Benn       Jaromir Jagr       8
19    STL    David Perron    Patrik Berglund  Chris Stewart      8


From TSN's Scott Cullen http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=418084

The question is why is it so good?

- Allowing a line to gel and let it get its legs over an extended period really pays off
- Having players (often vets) who do not let the superstar factor bother them
- The right mix of speed, skill and toughness
- Sidney Crosby factor
- Supporting cast (a line does not work in isolation) is strong (Malkin, Letang, Neal on PPlay)
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Re: Pens #1 line - Best in the league

Postby bh on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:51 am

Penspal wrote:The question is why is it so good?

- Allowing a line to gel and let it get its legs over an extended period really pays off
- Having players (often vets) who do not let the superstar factor bother them
- The right mix of speed, skill and toughness
- Sidney Crosby factor
- Supporting cast (a line does not work in isolation) is strong (Malkin, Letang, Neal on PPlay)
A little bit of all of these, I'd say.
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Re: Pens #1 line - Best in the league

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:51 am

Man, the Blackhawks have unreal scoring depth.
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Re: Pens #1 line - Best in the league

Postby Luckybreak on Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:56 am

shafnutz05 wrote:Man, the Blackhawks have unreal scoring depth.


Yeah, the Pens drop off in the bottom 6 is dramatic, though Sutter (aka Mr Clutch) is doing his level best!
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Re: Pens #1 line - Best in the league

Postby Desiato on Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:39 am

The only reason Sid's line wouldn't be leading the league whenever he's healthy is because of rotating linemates. Whenever he plays, whoever he plays with, he's been 1.6ppg+ for 3 seasons. I think that puts the Crosby factor @ #1 in the list.

I sometimes think that--even here, in the wake of Malkin's outstanding 11-12--people tend to forget/take for granted just how dominant Sid has become. And his overall game isn't even quite back to the level we saw in 10-11 yet.
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