Defensive cliches are obnoxious.
"Defense wins championships."
"Think defense first, offense second."
"They can't win if they can't score."
We get it; defense is important. With that, I'm going to delve into a power ranking of the defenses in the NHL. But before I start, we should lay out some ground rules.
What goes into a good defense?
1. A good scheme—without a solid defensive scheme, even talented players can let up a ton of goals.
2. Talented defensemen.
3. Strong goaltending.
4. Results—statistics don't always tell the whole story, but when it comes to keeping the puck out of the net, it's hard to argue with the numbers.
That being said, let's get to the rankings.