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Philadelphia Flyers: The 5 Top Lines in Flyers History

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2011

Philadelphia Flyers: The 5 Top Lines in Flyers History

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    The Philadelphia Flyers are one of the most storied franchises in the NHL and their history is rich with talented players.

    Some of these talented players were grouped together by the powers that be and helped form some of the most famous lines in the history of the NHL.

    While offensive prowess was abundant, these lines featured grit and composure and the mixture of both is what makes Flyers hockey unique.

    The following list is of the five most famous lines in Flyers history. Enjoy!

5. The Hi Speed Line

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    Members: Ray Allison, Ron Flockhart, Brian Propp

    Years: 1981-1984

    Analysis: While this line didn’t last very long, just three full seasons and parts of two others, it was one of the fastest and most productive lines of that time.

    Both Ray Allison and Ron Flockhart were junior teammates with Brian Propp and the chemistry was evident from Day 1 of the line's inception.

    The three players accumulated 608 points as a trio and were regular-season powerhouses. Propp was the finesse man with all the stick handling ability with the other two setting things up and clearing people out of Propp’s way.

4. The Crazy Eights Line

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    Members: Eric Lindros, Mark Recchi, Brent Fedyk

    Years: 1992-1995

    Analysis: Before there was the Legion of Doom, there was the Crazy Eights line. Fedyk wore No. 18 as he played on the line with Lindros (No. 88) and Recchi (No. 8).

    It was this period that saw the most success in Mark Recchi’s career, with him recording two consecutive seasons with over 100 points (123 and 107).

    The trio accounted for 586 points in just over three full seasons and it was one of the most dominant lines of the early 90s.

3. The Redemption Line

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    Members: Ville Leino, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere

    Years: 2010-current

    Analysis: It has been dubbed many things, but the name ‘redemption’ line seems to have stuck the best.

    The trio formed during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs and became the most potent line in the playoffs. Briere led the league in points and Leino tied an NHL playoff rookie record for points.

    The line has helped the Flyers become one of the best teams in the league during the 2010-2011 season and looks to show their playoff prowess again this season.

    The redemption name stems from Leino being underutilized by the Red Wings and Briere and Hartnell coming back from sub-par seasons.

2. Legion of Doom

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     Members: Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mikael Renberg

    Years: 1994-1997

    Analysis: The Legion of Doom was the best line to never win a championship in Flyers history.

    The trio of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg was one of the most dominant in the NHL, not only because of all of the firepower on the line, but because of the huge amount of physical play.

    In just three seasons of domination, the line amassed 666 points combined and took the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997, where they were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.

1. The L-C-B Line

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    Members: Reggie Leach, Bobby Clarke, Bill Barber

    Years: 1974-1981

    Analysis: By far the greatest of all the lines in Flyers history, the LCB line was the most successful line. Their first year together, the Flyers won a Stanley Cup and went to the Finals several more times before their separation.

    The trio set an NHL record for goals by a single line with 141 (Leach 61, Clarke 30, Barber 50), while Clarke, on his way to a third Hart Trophy, set a club record for points in one season with 119.

    With all of the success on the team and them as individuals, there is no real surprise why they’re the best line in team history.

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