We are more than a week into the 2013 NHL playoffs, which has been more than enough time to remind onlookers of the importance of possessing a strong attacking duo in the postseason. While scoring depth is incredibly important and vital to long playoff runs, the bottom-six guys can rarely do much good when they don't have top-flight forwards to prop up.
Looking back on the past dozen or so Stanley Cup-winning teams, potent forwards are prominent on the roster. Whether it was Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar in 2012 or Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in 2009, championship teams always boast at least a couple of players capable of heavy lifting.
2013 is no different, and whichever pair manages to separate themselves from the pack will give their respective team a huge boost.
Worthy of note is that the margin between these pairings is razor thin, and it's likely that four could be switched with six without causing an issue. Also, players do not need to be playing on the same line together to be included here.