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NHL Power Rankings: Every NHL Team's Best 1-2 Scoring Punch

Jason SapunkaCorrespondent IIJanuary 10, 2012

NHL Power Rankings: Every NHL Team's Best 1-2 Scoring Punch

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    Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.

    Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita.

    Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri.

    The NHL has had some excellent notable 1-2 scoring punches in the long history of hockey.

    Most teams have one great point scorer in the lineup, but some are lucky enough to boast a two-headed monster.

    Here is every team's two most dangerous scorers.

Anaheim Ducks

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    Since Bobby Ryan's first full season in 2008-09, he and linemate Corey Perry have combined for 252 goals and 493 points.

    Centered by Ryan Getzlaf, the excellent pair averages more than 70 goals per season.

Boston Bruins

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    Last season 22-year-old Milan Lucic emerged as a legitimate goal scorer in the NHL, totaling career highs with 30 goals, 32 assists and a plus-28 rating.

    This season, 20-year-old Tyler Seguin is beginning to show that the Boston Bruins made no mistake drafting him second overall in the 2010 draft.

    Seguin leads the Bruins in goals with 16 and points with 36.

    The Bruins lack a serious sniper, but Seguin and Lucic are a quality top two on a team filled with contributors.

Buffalo Sabres

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    Thomas Vanek is on his way to leading the Buffalo Sabres in goals scored for the sixth consecutive season this year, with 19 in 40 games.

    Vanek has been a consistent scorer for Buffalo throughout his career, producing no fewer than 25 goals in a season.

    The team's leader in points, Jason Pominville, has been among its top three for the previous four seasons. He trails only Vanek in goals with 14 on the year.

    Pominville and Vanek are wingers on Buffalo's top line.

Calgary Flames

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    Jarome Iginla, who has been the Flames' points leader for every season over the last decade, is still atop that list this one.

    Iginla's right-hand man in Calgary has been Rene Bourque since the start of the 2009-10 season; he has been second to Iginla in goals scored. The linemates have a combined 28 goals so far this season.

Carolina Hurricanes

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    Jeff Skinner wasted no time in making a mark at the NHL level, winning the Calder Trophy in his first season after scoring 31 goals.

    Skinner was leading the Hurricanes in points before being the recipient of a concussion earlier this season.

    When he comes back, him and Eric Staal make a dangerous top-two scoring combination. Staal is averaging more than 30 goals and 70 points per season after eight NHL seasons.

Chicago Blackhawks

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    Neither Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews is leading the Blackhawks in points this season, but the two young superstars have been a dangerous combination for Chicago over the past few years.

    Toews has already locked up another 20-goal season, a mark he's reached in all five seasons of his career. Kane is on pace to do the same this season and is a consistent 70-point scorer.

    Though the two players are helped out by both Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, the 23-year-olds are easily the most dangerous combination Chicago has.

Colorado Avalanche

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    The potential Colorado has with young guns Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly is ridiculous.

    Though both young players are set to be restricted free agents this season, they certainly have a bright future on their hands.

    The 21-year-old Duchene scored 55 and 67 points, respectively, in his first two seasons, with a total of 51 goals.

    O'Reilly is having a breakout year, leading the team with 29 points.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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    It would appear that combining goal scorers Rick Nash and Jeff Carter would lead to a bit more success than the Columbus Blue Jackets have had this season.

    Nash and Carter entered this season scoring no fewer than 30 goals over the past three years.

    Neither is set to do so this season.

Dallas Stars

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    The departure of Brad Richards and poor play of Brenden Morrow has left the Dallas stars without their driving scoring duo of last season.

    This year, newcomer Michael Ryder is leading the team with 17 goals. The second man in the 1-2 punch has to be Loui Eriksson, who has delivered an average of 30 goals over the past three seasons and is on pace to do so again this year.

Detroit Red Wings

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    With a combined 1,000-plus points since the lockout, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are easily the top two most dangerous scorers on the Detroit Red Wings.

    The two have a combined seven seasons with 80 or more points.

    Since the lockout, neither player had scored under 60 points in a season until Datsyuk totaled 59 over 56 games last season.

Edmonton Oilers

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    Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are going to be two of the NHL's best offensive players for the next 15 years or so.

    The Edmonton Oilers were fortunate enough to draft these players first overall in back-to-back years.

    Last season, Hall produced 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games. This season he is on pace for 34 goals and 37 assists.

    This year the 18-year-old Nugent-Hopkins is wasting no time in making a mark. With 35 points in 38 games, he is already turning heads.

    A combined age of 38, these two young players could be the NHL's most dominant scoring combination within five years.

Florida Panthers

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    Kris Versteeg is having the season of his career in his first year with the Florida Panthers.

    Linemate Tomas Fleischmann, also a newcomer to the team, is combining with Versteeg for 32 goals so far, or 38 percent of Florida's 107 goals.

Los Angeles Kings

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    The underperforming Los Angeles Kings this season do not have any particularly dominating scorers.

    However, last season's team leader in points, Anze Kopitar, is on top once again with 36 points.

    Newly acquired Mike Richards is leading the team with 13 goals.

Minnesota Wild

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    Linemates Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley are leading the charge for the Minnesota Wild.

    Koivu leads the team with 33 points; Heatley leads in goals with 13.

Montreal Canadiens

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    Last season Max Pacioretty was on pace for 30 goals before the Zdeno Chara incident.

    He is not quite there this season, but is still second in goals for the Canadiens with 12 and second in points with 28.

    Leading both categories is newly acquired Erik Cole, who has 17 goals and 30 points.

Nashville Predators

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    The Nashville Predators' most dominating offensive force is actually defenseman Shea Weber, who leads the team with 30 points.

    However, Craig Smith and David Legwand are the two most dangerous forwards, though they have a mere combined 20 goals.

New Jersey Devils

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    The top two scorers in New Jersey are the same two who led the Devils last year.

    Ilya Kovalchuk leads with 15 goals, and Patrick Elias is tied for second at 14 with Zach Parise.

    Elias leads the team in points with 38.

New York Islanders

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    No surprise that John Tavares is listed here; the 21-year-old former first overall pick has 157 points in 200 career games. He leads the Islanders in points this year.

    Leading in goals is Matt Moulson, who has totaled more than 30 goals for the previous two seasons and is on pace for more than that this year.

    Moulson and Tavares are the Islanders' most threatening scorers.

New York Rangers

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    The New York Rangers committed to paying $97.5 million for their top two scorers.

    Marian Gaborik leads the team with 23 goals and 34 points. Big free-agent signing Brad Richards is second in those categories with 15 and 31.

Ottawa Senators

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    Milan Michalek is a dedicated goal scorer; just seven of his 27 points are assists.

    By no surprise, Jason Spezza leads in points with 41. His 15 goals places him second on the team.

Philadelphia Flyers

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    Claude Giroux is quite possibly the best all-around player in the NHL right now. He has the highest points-per-game ratio in the NHL, but is also effective defensively.

    Danny Briere has been one of the Flyers' most effective scorers since signing a big eight-year contract in 2007. He was second to Giroux in points last season, but scored nine more goals with a total of 34.

    This year, Briere is third on the team with goals behind Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

Phoenix Coyotes

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    Ray Whitney is having one of the best goal-scoring seasons of his career at age 39, with 14 goals in 38 games. He leads the Coyotes with 36 points.

    Him and linemate Radim Vrbata are a dangerous combination. Vrbata is on pace for 38 goals this season.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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    Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are the best 1-2 scoring punch in the NHL.

    With a combined six seasons of more than 100 points, the Penguins are one of two teams in the league to have multiple Art Ross Trophy winners in the lineup.

San Jose Sharks

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    Patrick Marleau once scored 44 goals in a season. Joe Thornton once won the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP after leading the league with 125 points.

    The two are tied for the team lead in points at 33.

St. Louis Blues

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    The resurgent Blues are led in scoring by 27-year-old captain David Backes, who sat atop that statistical ranking last season as well.

    Backes is helped by the young T.J. Oshie, who is on pace for a career high in points at age 25. Oshie is one point behind Backes with 13 goals and 15 assists.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Considering the statistical history of these two players, the Tampa Bay Lightning actually have a very impressive combination in Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.

    St. Louis led the NHL in points and won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2004. Stamkos led the NHL in goals with 51 in 2009-10, and is the current season leader with 28.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Both Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul are playing as good as they ever have this season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Both are above a point-per-game pace and set to smash career highs.

    Kessel is on pace for 48 goals and 48 assists; Lupul set for 38 goals and 56 assists.

Vancouver Canucks

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    The Sedin twins are the only teammates to win back-to-back Art Ross Trophies since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr did so in 1997 and 1998.

    The two are battling for the trophy yet again this year; Henrik leads the NHL with 49 points, Daniel is close behind with 47.

Washington Capitals

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    If Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom continue to be the top two scorers for Washington, this will be the fifth consecutive season they have done so.

    The underperforming Ovechkin is set to have a career-low 68 points after a career low of 85 last season.

    Backstrom is scoring adequately in line with his career performance at 1.11 points per game this season.

Winnipeg Jets

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    Evander Kane is leading the Winnipeg Jets in goals by a big margin at the age of 20.

    He is tied for the team lead in points with Blake Wheeler; both have 31.

    The young scoring duo could be a force in the near future in Winnipeg if the Jets are able to secure Kane, an upcoming free agent.

     

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    B/R Featured Columnist Jason Sapunka is available on Twitter.

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