I personally feel Pandolfo/Madden/Gionta is the best third line/shutdown line in hockey. However, there are some other good ones.
Part of the reason I am posting this is that Canucks Coach, Marc Crawford was toying with a line of Arvedson/Linden/Cooke recently, which to me looks like it could be an absolutely dominant shutdown line if there's any chemistry there to speak of.
What do you guys think of that line - and which is the best shutdown line in hockey?
EDIT: No voting for a shutdown line on your own team. Death to homerism!
Why would you have to put homer vote on the Leclerc-Rucchin-Niedermayer line?
Anyone notice how Fedorov, Modano and Gaborik were pretty much shut down in last years playoffs?
Exactly, but we all know Semenko (hey Sotnos, are you sure I can't be creative with the handles? This mug is practically BEGGING for it!) isn't exactly non-partisan himself. But I missed the part about not voting for your own team. So I'll go along with Pandolfo-Madden-Gionta, even though they're a bit on the small side.
I've always liked the "Grind Line" in Detroit(Maltby-Draper-McCarty) and Pandolfo-Madden-Marshall line in New Jersey is also very solid. Miettinen-Kapanen-Lehtinen could be a very good line for Dallas this upcoming season. And a line of Cooke-Chubarov-Linden will also be solid again)if they stick together).
Last year the top 3rd line was Morrow - Kapanen - Lehtinen, the line combined for the highest +/- as well as points out of all 3rd lines leaguewide.
This year, the line will will be even more special with bluechipper and Calder candidate Antti Miettinen, another Finn, replacing Morrow. So far in preseason, Miettinen has some crazy chemestry with Kapanen..
Not sure whether it will be league's top 3rd/shutdown line again, as the Stars could also use Ott - Barnes - DiMaio..
I like the Madden line as well, but my 2nd best has to go to: Blake - Scatchard - Wiemer.
That is the Wild first line though, so can the first line be called a shutdown line as well?
Terms like 1st line, 2nd line don't mean much to Lemaire - he's always shuffling people around. Wes Walz has traditionally played against the opposing team's top line in a shutdown mode. It just so happened that he and Gaborik clicked and they became the eqivalent of a 1st line by scoring a mess of goals. But Lemaire would likely emphasize the defensive job they did on Naslund and Bertuzzi over the offense.
With Sundstrom traded the Ricci line in San Jose seemed to me to have lost a step in shutting down the opposition...
Any line with Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper has a chance to be the most dominant this year, that being said Jersey's Madden line did win the cup.
It's funny - so many teams like Calgary, Chicago, Phoenix, Buffalo, etc. had third/fourth lines last season that simply could not shut a game down. With all the talk of how easy it is to slow hockey to a standstill, I for one am glad to see it's not THAT easy.