Wild West: Top Lines in the West

Grant Campbell


Teams are always looking for the next French Connection or West Coast Express. Once players have success and chemistry playing together, it makes things so much easier for the coach. Here are some of the top lines in the West and a look at some interesting line combinations as well.

To put things in perspective the Boston Bruins line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand lead the league (100 minutes or more together) in shot share (shots for vs. shots against) at 66.5 percent, and Corsi at 66.2. Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov lead with 20 goals for while the line of Gustav Nyquist, Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand have the distinction of allowing the most goals against with 12.

Anaheim – Troy Terry, Adam Henrique, Ryan Getzlaf

The line leads the Ducks in playing time with 144.1 minutes together so far. With eight goals for and only three against they're five goals in the black so far with no indication that they won't be able to sustain their success. The unit has outshot and out-chanced their opponents with 84 SF and 75 SA good for an SF% of 52.8 and 160 CF and 128 CA good for a CF% of 55.6. Getzlaf has been great in the faceoff circle winning 56.9 percent of his draws, while Henrique is a very capable backup (57.3).

Calgary – Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau

This line has dominated so far with 18 GF and only two against, while their SF of 148 against their SA of 100 has accounted for 59.7 percent (first in the West) of the shot share in the 244.8 minutes this line has played. Their CF percentage of 59.9 is third in the NHL for lines over 100 minutes. Right now I would consider this the best line in the West.

Chicago – Pat