Power Ranking the NHL’s Top 15 First Lines

July 20th, 2010 by Blake Benzel Leave a reply »
In the NHL, line combinations are pretty pointless. Coaches match lines and flip flop line combinations more than you change seats in a game of musical chairs. There are some teams, like the San Jose Sharks, that have a pretty consistent top line. There are others, like any team coached by Jacques Lemaire, that look like the lines were chosen on a dartboard on any given night. The bottom line is that this makes choosing rankings for top lines pretty difficult. So, using the line combination program from Dobber Hockey, I’ve narrowed it down based on the percentage of time the lines were used during last season’s regular season. It’s not the most scientific of evaluations, but hey…hockey’s not an exact science. Begin Slideshow


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