A two way centre, a playmaker and a pure sniper, does it get any better than that?
A group that’s combined for a grand total of 912 goals over their legendary careers. What separates this line from the others is not only do they fill up the net but they flood the trophy case.
Patrice Bergeron (36), a 2x Olympic champion ,1x Stanley Cup winner and 1x Frank J. Selke trophy winner.
Brad Marchand (33), 1x Stanley Cup winner and 4x all star.
David Pastrnak (25), 1x time all-star and 1x Rocket Richard trophy recipient.
Under a well coached Bruins team, together these three men have been listed as the best line in hockey. But who compares?
Let’s start in Colorado with Rantanen-MacKinnon-Landeskog. In 2020-21, this trio combined a whopping 510 minutes of ice time together and scored at a 68.6% rate.
Right behind them the Bruins trio held up a solid 435 minutes together and scored at a 66% rate.
The Avalanche line was deemed the best line of the 2020-21 season by a way of points and effect on the game.
This year, they’ve been off to a slow start. With the superstar Mackinnon out, the trio is out of the running this year.
On the other hand, the Bruins have been striving at an all time great pace to start the 2021-22 season. In just 13 games, the group has a grand total of 45 points.
The group right in front them this year is led by the great Connor McDavid. His line alongside Hyman, a new Oilers member and Puljujarvi a solid grinder have combined for 56 points in 15 games.
McDavid, holding up 29 of those points himself, is at a pace to score 160 points this year. Insanity.
His teammate, Leon Draisaitl who unfortunately is currently on the second line of the Oilers has a league leading 33 points in 15 games. Wow. Imagine what these two would do next to each other for 82 straight games.
If we move onto the defensive stats, this is why the Bergeron line is so elite. In 2018, it took 22 full NHL games before that line was scored on in a 5-on-5 scenario.
The line has never had a negative plus-minus season. With Bergeron a 61.5% faceoff winner, Marchand getting in your head all game long and Pastrnak sitting pretty waiting to bury a hat trick on your favorite goalie.
It is simply unfair and will continue to be unfair until they split up.
As the 2021-22 season continues the trio will continue to dominate. Plenty of trio’s are on the rise but will any of them catch up? Will any trio have a hall of fame status like these three do?
There’s three constants in the NHL season.
NHL players will drink water, breathe and the Bergeron trio will dominate. Also, McDavid will be a freak of nature, but that’s a story for another day.
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