Duo... Counterpart... Linemate... All have the same generalization, but nothing makes anything more clear-cut than a classic "1-2 combo."
While mentioning a "combo," many proceed to mention cross sport equivalents. Unfortunately, this is not one of those articles. Hockey is unique and unlike any other sport, it can rarely be compared. Players routinely skate with urgency in fear of losing time on the ice.
It is a goal to play 82 games, a full season, and doing otherwise many receive criticism. Unfortunately. few make it through a season without an injury, due to grueling pace and physical play.
The following pairs are proven bearers of the burden their team collectively puts forth on their shoulders. Some may not produce the stats others have, but one commonality is that when they were on the ice they consistently hear more cheers than jeers from their home crowds.
A team simply wins by scoring most, but the most dangerous players are the ones who hold themselves equally responsible on the defensive end. The ability to have players on the same line makes for unflappable momentum, but should they be on a different line it means increased depth. Meet the most dangerous "combos" in the NHL...