Monday, May 4, 2009

Strongest Line of the Playoffs: RPG

Well each team's played at least 6 games now, so we can really take a look at what line's have been producing...and which lines haven't.

Domination? There's a few out there that are just completely pwning defenders, Norris and Selke finalists alike. Probably the best line out there right now is Getzlaf, Perry, and Ryan. Regardless of whether they're matched up against Datsyuk, Lidstrom, or Zetterberg, they are scoring seemingly at will. The size of those 3 guys, the smallest being 6'2'', is making life tough on opposing teams, and they are truly a force to be reckoned with. So far, they have 25 points between them in just 8 games. Blueliners are receding quicker than Getzlaf's Hairline. HEYOOO.

Is there anyone dominating like that line right now? No. There's been flashes of brilliance from a bunch of lines, but none nearly as consistent as the RPG ballers. The Sedin twins have been rolling all playoffs long, the Staal-Whitney-LaRose line has been lights out, Semin-Backstrom-Fleischmann has controlled play, Savvy-Lucic-Kessel has been really good (but so has the rest of their team), but none of these lines have consistently performed quite like the Ducks top line.

The most disappointing line of the playoffs? Is it not the Holmstrom-Datsyuk-Hossa line? How can it not be? Would you expect these guys to be ranked 7th, 12th, 8th, in points, on their own team, let alone the entire league? Yet here we have Tomas Holmstrom and Marian Hossa stuck with just 4 points, 2 goals and 2 assists a piece, while Pavel Datsyuk, yes Hart Trophy Nominee Pavel Datsyuk, only has 1 goal and 2 assists.

If there is not a more disappointing line out there right now I demand you comment. You won't, a) because you suck and b) because there isn't a more disappointing line. So what do you think, what line has been the most dominant so far? Which line has been the weakest?
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