Blue Line Special: Ranking the Top 15 NHL Defensive Pairs

July 20th, 2010 by Alison Myers Leave a reply »
As the saying goes, "Offense wins games, but defense wins championships." OK, so it's impossible for all 30 teams in the NHL to share the Stanley Cup. No problem. But that doesn't make defense any less crucial to a successful NHL team. Even less successful NHL teams can have bright spots on defense. For your entertainment, here are the rankings of the top 15 defensive pairings in the NHL from the 2009-2010 season. I would like to credit the folks over at Dobber Hockey ( for helping me with this list. They have great tools for NHL fans and statistic geeks (like your writer) to look at line combinations and productivity numbers for all 30 NHL teams. After several days of bonding with Dobber Hockey, I have come up with these rankings. Feel free to agree, disagree, or leave heaps of praise for all my hard work in the comments. Begin Slideshow


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