The NHL has a rich history of great lines from nearly all eras. The Kraut Line, the Production Line, the Triple Crown Line, the French Connection and the Legion of Doom are just some of the best lines with the most colourful monikers in NHL history.
In the contemporary game, many lines don’t remain together for a single period, let alone an entire game, or for that matter, an entire season. However, the following ranking of the 25 best lines in the NHL for the 2013-14 season, considers trios that are likely to play large parts of the season together. These are projected line combinations based on current signings and expected Restricted Free Agent signings in the coming weeks.
These rankings are weighted with a heavy emphasis on offense. While there have been, and continue to be, great checking lines in the NHL, that was not a consideration here. The criteria for the ranking: ability to produce goals, generate scoring chances and play well in all three zones.
Honorable mentions go to:
Phoenix Coyotes: Lauri Korpikoski (LW), Mike Ribeiro (C), Shane Doan (RW)
New Jersey Devils: Ryan Clowe(LW), Travis Zajac (C), Michael Ryder (RW)
Nashville Predators: Viktor Stalberg, David Legwand (C), Patrik Hornqvist (RW)