Keeping lines together
Gabe Desjardins and Earl Sleek have put together a list on which lines in the NHL have played together the most this season, following up on Sleek's theory that the Ducks' checking line of Rob Niedermayer, Sam Pahlsson and Travis Moen have played all 82 games, side-by-side.
Here's a look at the top 10 trios:
- Pahlsson-Niedermayer-Moen (ANA) 88.5%
- Selanne-McDonald-Kunitz (ANA) 76.5%
- Pominville-Hecht-Briere (BUF) 75.9%
- Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner (NJD) 65.8%
- Rolston-Bouchard-White (MIN) 62.6%
- Jagr-Nylander-Straka (NYR) 59.3%
- Gomez-Gionta-Elias (NJD) 53.5%
- Pandolfo-Madden-Brylin (NJD) 53.0%
- Hunter-Sillinger-Hilbert (NYI) 51.4%
- Vanek-Afinogenov-Roy (BUF) 50.4%
Numbers 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 are hardly surprises, as these are some of the most well-known combinations overall, forward combinations that have been together for at least a year or two now.