NHL Power Rankings: 8 Toughest Defensive Pairings in the League

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NHL Power Rankings: 8 Toughest Defensive Pairings in the League
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For any pair of NHL defensemen, toughness is a mandate. These pairings do it better than any other.

Toughness is a difficult concept to quantify. For these rankings, I considered statistical measures such as fighting, shot blocking, penalty minutes, hitting and ice time in addition to more qualitative factors, like a players’ ability to play through pain or strike fear into the hearts of his opponents.

With that, here are my picks for the toughest defensive pairings in the NHL. It was tough to whittle this list down to a manageable size, but that leaves plenty of room for debate in the comments.

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