There may be no hotter duo in the NHL than Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
Malkin has at least one goal in each of the last six games, a scoring streak to match his career best in his first six NHL games.
During the streak, Geno has counted for nine goals and four assists (13 points), including a natural hat trick, three game-winning goals, a five-point game and a plus-11 rating.
Most incredibly, seven of Malkin's nine goals have come in the third period or overtime, and he went 2-for-2 in shootout attempts against Carolina and Montreal.
As Malkin goes, so goes James Neal.
Neal came into the season as a notorious first-half performer and those fears arose when he began the season scoring at a torrid pace. Malkin's presence has helped keep Neal consistent, much as Neal has done the same for Geno.
Over the winning streak, Neal has been good for five goals, five assists, a plus-10 rating and 33 shots on goal. Neal scored twice against Washington Sunday, including the game-tying goal in the third period.
Chris Kunitz, too, has been an integral part of the top line. His impact doesn't show on the scoresheet, but his relentless forechecking and physical presence plays an immense role in opening up the ice for Neal and Malkin to work.
Without this line, Pittsburgh might be looking at 12 straight losses.