Scariest scoring lines in the NHL

Scariest scoring lines in the NHL

Since the NHL regular season is finally upon us, why don’t we take a look at the potentially highest scoring lines to hit the ice this year?

1. Maroon – McDavid – Draisaitl

Whether it was Ryan Strome or Kailer Yamamoto on the right wing, any line with phenom Connor McDavid in the middle will dominate. It looked like Leon Draisaitl would anchor the second line at the beginning of the year, but it was just too hard for coach Todd McLellan to separate last year’s highest scoring tandem.

2. Namestnikov – Stamkos – Kucherov

It’s become a small debate over who Tampa Bay’s biggest star is nowadays, but there’s no question that putting them together on the top line should pay dividends. A healthy Steven Stamkos can play at a point-per-game pace, and Nikita Kucherov has already proven he can thrive anywhere in the lineup.

3. Benn – Seguin – Radulov

It’s hard to imagine that a down season for Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin was 26 goals apiece, but when you’re as talented as they are, the bar is set pretty high. Dallas made all the right off-season moves to become contenders again, and if the Alexander Radulov trade works as well as most seem to think, the Stars should finish near the top of the Western Conference.

4. Guentzel – Crosby – Sheary

Like the McDavid line, it seems like anyone who plays on Sidney Crosby’s wings are in for a great season. Luckily, Jake Guentzel is starting to prove he isn’t just anyone, scoring a league-high 13 post-season goals, and did so not always playing on Crosby’s wing either.

5. Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Vrana

Washington has never separated Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom for long, but neither have they had Evgeny Kuznetsov as a bonafide No. 1B center. Both are looking for bounce backs after slightly disappointing 2016-17 seasons, but are expected to thrive together with rookie Jakub Vrana filling in on the right.

The rest

Other favorites to dominate scoring this year:

Toronto Maple Leafs: Zach Hyman – Auston Matthews – William Nylander (if they can avoid a sophomore slump),

Nashville Predators: Viktor Arvidsson – Ryan Johansen – Fillip Forsberg,

Columbus Blue Jackets: Artemi Panarin – Alexander Wennberg – Cam Atkinson.

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