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02-01-2014, 06:43 PM
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Line combinations of famous teams

Hello guys , I do not contribute much to this group ,but I am a regular reader and keep the interesting stuff coming !

I'd like to apologize if a similar thread exist. I did a quick search and could not find anything.


I think that it would be interesting to see the most common line combinations/defense pairings of famous teams such as the 76-77 habs. I've seen plenty of rankings (most recently the hockey news special edition) and I can always look up stats online , but no one ever seems to include who played together. I know that this changes a lot of through a season , but some combinations had to be more frequent.

I don't know which teams in particular I'd like to find out more about , but this could be the go-to thread if that type of question ever comes up again.

Thanks a lot
Also, you guys are clearly responsible for the fact that I bought the 1987 Canada Cup DVD...

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Some of my favorites...

1977-1987 Long Island Lightning Company - NYI - Bossy, Trottier, Gillies
1980's The Hound Line - Tor - Clark, Leeman, Courtnall
1980's The Stastny Brothers - QC - Peter, Marian, Anton
1972-1979 The French Connection - Buf - Perrault, Robert, Martin
1970's Triple Crown Line - LA - Simmer, Dionne, Taylor
1970's The Dynasty Line - Mtl - Lafleur, Lemaire, Shutt & sometimes Pete Mahovlich
1970's LCB Line - Phi - Leach, Clarke, Billy Barber
1967-1975 Dogs of War Line - Bos - Cashman, Esposito, Hodge
1964-1974 GAG Line - NYR - Ratelle, Hadfield, Gilbert
1958-1959 Pappy Line - Chi - Litzenberger, Sloan, Lindsey
1947-1952 Production Line - Det - Howe, Abel, Lindsay
1942-1948 Punch Line - Habs - Lach, Blake, Richard
36-42/45-47 The Kraut Line - Bos - Schmidt, Dumart, Bauer
1929-1936 The Kid Line - Tor - Conacher, Primeau, Jackson
1927-1934&37 Speedball Line - Mtl - Morenz, Joliat, "Black Cat" Gagnon

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Here are some line nicknames. I don't know all of them but I assume to have a nickname, one must play frequently together.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...line_nicknames

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^^^ Good grief. Is there nothing wiki doesnt have a page on or about?

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^^^ Good grief. Is there nothing wiki doesnt have a page on or about?
I thought exactly the same when I stumbled over that page.

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Here are some line nicknames. I don't know all of them but I assume to have a nickname, one must play frequently together.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...line_nicknames
This should contain all the OP needs.

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Hello guys , I do not contribute much to this group ,but I am a regular reader and keep the interesting stuff coming !

I'd like to apologize if a similar thread exist. I did a quick search and could not find anything.


I think that it would be interesting to see the most common line combinations/defense pairings of famous teams such as the 76-77 habs. I've seen plenty of rankings (most recently the hockey news special edition) and I can always look up stats online , but no one ever seems to include who played together. I know that this changes a lot of through a season , but some combinations had to be more frequent.

I don't know which teams in particular I'd like to find out more about , but this could be the go-to thread if that type of question ever comes up again.

Thanks a lot
Also, you guys are clearly responsible for the fact that I bought the 1987 Canada Cup DVD...
For the 76-77 Habs I believe their lines and pairing usually went like this:

Shutt-Lamaire-Lafluer
Houle-Mahavolich-Cournoyer
Gainey-Jarvis-Roberts/Chartraw
Lambert-Risebrough-Tremblay

Savard-Lapointe
Nyrop-Robinson
Bouchard-Roberts/Chartraw

Only 17 skaters back then so Roberts and Chartraw acted as "swing" players playing both forward and defensemen.

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Pete Mahovlich also is known for naming the line he centered in Montreal the "Donut line."

Edit: I see Shutt is the author.

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For the 76-77 Habs I believe their lines and pairing usually went like this:

Shutt-Lamaire-Lafluer
Houle-Mahavolich-Cournoyer
Gainey-Jarvis-Roberts/Chartraw
Lambert-Risebrough-Tremblay

Savard-Lapointe
Nyrop-Robinson
Bouchard-Roberts/Chartraw

Only 17 skaters back then so Roberts and Chartraw acted as "swing" players playing both forward and defensemen.
Murray Wilson in the line-up as well..

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Pete Mahovlich also is known for naming the line he centered in Montreal the "Donut line."
And why?... No Center ......... Wonder if Scotty got a chuckle out of that one from practical joker & beyond eccentric Palooka Pete? Doubt it.

Seriously I think Peter Mahovlich missed his calling LBD. Shouldve been a Goalie....

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Murray Wilson in the line-up as well..
More as a utility infielder filling in wherever needed.

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For the 76-77 Habs I believe their lines and pairing usually went like this:

Shutt-Lamaire-Lafluer
Houle-Mahavolich-Cournoyer
Gainey-Jarvis-Roberts/Chartraw
Lambert-Risebrough-Tremblay

Savard-Lapointe
Nyrop-Robinson
Bouchard-Roberts/Chartraw

Only 17 skaters back then so Roberts and Chartraw acted as "swing" players playing both forward and defensemen.
i thought savard was usually paired with robinson? or was '77 anomalous among the late 70s habs dynasty teams?

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i thought savard was usually paired with robinson? or was '77 anomalous among the late 70s habs dynasty teams?
Hard to tell. They could have been juggled from year to year. 76-77 was the only season I really scrutinized.

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Hard to tell. They could have been juggled from year to year. 76-77 was the only season I really scrutinized.
Actually, in the big games, Bowman seemed to always have one of the big 3 on and rotate the other 2-3 in just to give one of the big 3 a rest.

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Actually, in the big games, Bowman seemed to always have one of the big 3 on and rotate the other 2-3 in just to give one of the big 3 a rest.
Good point. That's the thing with lines and pairings: None of them are set in stone and can change from game to game or even shift to shift

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notable Oilers lines:

Mark Messier - Wayne Gretzky - Glenn Anderson
Mark Messier - Wayne Gretzky - Jari Kurri
Glenn Anderson - Wayne Gretzky - Jari Kurri
Mike Krushelnyski - Wayne Gretzky - Jari Kurri
Kent Nilsson - Mark Messier - Glenn Anderson
Esa Tikkanen - Wayne Gretzky - Jari Kurri
Esa Tikkanen - Jimmy Carson - Jari Kurri
Craig Simpson - Mark Messier - Glenn Anderson

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krazy kool kombos from the 80s:

Curt Fraser - Thomas Gradin - Stan Smyl
Darcy Rota - Thomas Gradin - Stan Smyl

John Anderson - Bill Derlago - Rick Vaive

Mats Naslund - Bobby Smith - Kjell Dahlin

Tom McCarthy - Neal Broten - Dino Ciccarelli

Bob Bourne - Butch Goring - Bob Nystrom [fastest kombo ever?]
John Tonelli - Brent Sutter - Mike Bossy

Brian Propp - Dave Poulin - Tim Kerr

Steve Thomas - Denis Savard - Steve Larmer

Michel Goulet - Peter Stastny - Wilf Paiement

Jim Peplinski - Doug Risebrough - Lanny McDonald [captains' line]

whomever - Barry Pederson - Rick Middleton

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some random canucks lines i've loved:

courtnall ronning linden
adams larionov bure
burrows kesler hansen (before burrows and kesler became burrows and kesler)
sedin sedin burrows
torres malhotra hansen (this game)
sedin sedin kassian (next season)

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^^^ Wayne Maki - Orland Kurtenbach - Murray Hall

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^^^ Wayne Maki - Orland Kurtenbach - Murray Hall
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^^^ Frank Nighbor - Cyclone Taylor - Mickey MacKay

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Bobby Hull - Ulf Nilsson - Anders Hedberg
Kent Nilsson - Ulf Nilsson - Anders Hedberg
Pat Hickey - Ulf Nilsson - Anders Hedberg

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Here's Edmonton from the 1983-84 season:

Pouzar-Gretzky-Kurri
Messier-Linseman-Anderson
Hunter-McClelland-Hughes
Semenko-Conacher-Lindstrom

Coffey-Huddy
Loew-Fogolin
Gregg-Jackson

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Pat Hickey - Rick Middleton - Derek Sanderson
Pat Hickey - Bill Derlago - Rick Vaive

Its all about Pat Boom Boom.

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Quebec from 1983-84:

A. Stastny-P. Stastny-M. Stastny
Goulet-Hunter-Sleigher
Cote-Gillis-Berglund
McKegney-Savard-Paiment

Marois-Rochefort
Moller-Price
Donnelly-Wesley

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