Does the defence rest? Not if you want to win, it doesn't.
The TSN.ca Player Rankings are generated using a statistical formula that includes the following stats: goals per game, assists per game, plus-minus, power play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals, shots on goal, blocked shots, hits, giveaways, takeaways, faceoff won-loss and penalty differential (drawn - taken).
With those individual rankings to act as a guide, here is a ranking of the each team's defensive unit, with more importance placed on the value of the top four defencemen, since they are the ones who will log the majority of -- and most important -- ice time.
As analyst Keith Jones has mentioned several times this season on TSN, the new NHL is driven by teams with a strong defence. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, the best teams tend to have a strong defence corps.
Comment: Even if Coburn hasn't developed as expected this year, this is still a unit with untapped potential as Coburn, Carle and Parent are all young and can get better. Timonen has been effective, but only has three goals on the season, not quite what the Flyers would have anticipated after getting him from Nashville in the summer of 2008.