1. Henrik and Daniel Sedin
You can’t make any list of duos in the NHL without mentioning the Sedin twins in Vancouver. Henrik and Daniel have been a model of consistency ever since the lockout and are just in the middle of their prime right now. The twins have even elevated their game in the last two years; with Henrik taking home the Hart and Art Ross trophies last summer in Las Vegas, while Daniel is tied for third in the league in goals this season with 12. They are both on pace to tally 111 points here in 2010/11.
But it goes beyond stats with these two. When they are on the ice, they are magicians with the puck. Their patented cycle in the offensive zone is a thing of beauty; it’s almost like they have eyes in the back of their heads. Together, they’ve made Alex Burrows a better player and a legitimate offensive threat. And now they are the unquestioned leaders and co-faces of the franchise. Henrik and Daniel make up one of the more special one-two combos
2. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom
Ever since Nicklas Backstrom entered the league four years ago, he and Alex Ovechkin have been the perfect top-line duo in Washington. Between Backstrom’s pinpoint passing precision and Ovechkin’s unworldly goal-scoring skills, they could be the most feared duo in the league. And sometimes it can be the other way around (see below).
Both Ovechkin and Backstrom are just entering their prime, which is scary to think about. They combined for 210 points a year ago and are well on their way to doing so again this season. Once they figure out how to win on the big stage, they’ll be even higher regarded as a premier one-two combo. Batman is to Ovechkin as Robin is to Backstrom.
3. Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer
5. Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo (05/06)
For any Sharks fan (or hockey fan), it was an absolute treat to watch these two play together and show so much chemistry right off the bat. Unfortunately, Cheechoo’s game has fallen off the deep end as he’s now in the AHL attempting to get back in the NHL.
Honorable Mention: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin; Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook (09/10); Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley; Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane; Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis
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