Top 10 Defensive Pairs in the NHL

August 12th, 2010 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »
Defense is essential for a team that is looking to be successful in the playoffs.

Although defense is a team effort, which involves both defensemen and two-way forwards, the top defensive pair sets the tone for team defense and is expected to score more than they are scored upon when they take the ice.

Often the top defensive pair is called upon to face the quickest forwards in the game. Often these players skate well, are difficult to check, and have heavy shots.

The following slides display the 10 best defensive pairs going into next season.

Due to offseason transactions some of these pairings may change or never come to fruition. In fact, four of the pairings are simply speculation. These four defensive tandems appear to be the most logical pairings for each respective team. The other six are pairings are ones from last year that worked out well.

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