Duncan Keith & Brent Seabrook: Ranking Each NHL Team's Top Defensive Pairing

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Duncan Keith & Brent Seabrook: Ranking Each NHL Team's Top Defensive Pairing
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The top defensive pairing is one of the most important roles on a hockey team, and the success of that team depends largely on it.

Nine of the last 10 Stanley Cup Finals have featured at least one perennial Norris Trophy finalist. The two teams closest to being dynasties in the last 15 years–Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils–have been built around arguably the two best defensemen of this era: Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer.

Clearly, the statement "Defense wins championships" still holds true. Let's take a look at each team's top defensive pairing.

*Note: Because defense pairings change frequently on some teams, I've taken the top defenders in ice time who generally play together.

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