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Ranking star duos in the Pacific Division | Silky N’ Filthy podcast

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2020 NHL All-Star Skills
JANUARY 24: (L-R) Quinn Hughes #43 and Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks take part in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills competition at the Enterprise Center on January 24, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri.
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What’s tickling your fancy in terms of hockey content right now?

Of course, that first answer should be anything on NucksMisconduct.com. However, if you’re looking to get lost in a rabbit hole of YouTube clips, Kyle and I share what we’ve been binging during the break.

On the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy, we also dig into three hypotheticals. Which cities in each division are best primed to host NHL action if the NHL resumes centralized play in the summer? Was Drew Doughty right when he said a Stanley Cup win would be tainted? And where do Kyle and I fall on the Troy Stecher vs. Chris Tanev debate?

Finally, we also rank the best star duos in the Pacific Division. Here’s a rundown of our episode, followed by our ranking below.

  • From the Miracle On Ice to the Good Friday Massacre: what we’re watching (2:45)
  • Which cities are in the best position to host centralized NHL games? (21:00)
  • Was Drew Doughty right? (25:00)
  • What should the Canucks do with Stecher and Tanev? (29:30)
  • Ranking star duos in the Pacific Divison (37:00)
Anaheim Ducks v Los Angeles Kings
No bueno in 2019-20 for John Gibson & Ryan Getzlaf
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8. Ryan Getzlaf & John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks.

It wasn’t a banner year for either of these “stars” on the Ducks. Getzlaf had the least productive season of his career, and Gibson was outplayed by back-up Ryan Miller. Getzlaf is 34 and fading, but Gibson should be better. Just a terrible year all-around for Anaheim, and this duo easily ranks last in the division.

Philadelphia Flyers v Arizona Coyotes
Taylor Hall #91 and Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes talk on the ice prior to the NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Gila River Arena on January 04, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.
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7. Taylor Hall & Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes

Hall slots in as the Coyotes “mirage star,” with a good chance that the 2018 Hart Trophy winner finds work elsewhere for the 2020-21 season. Clayton Keller has also underwhelmed after being drafted seventh overall in 2017. Perhaps this duo should rank higher in a weak class of stars in the Pacific, but their middling performances relative to expectations has them slotted seventh on this list.

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Seven
Drew Doughty #8 and Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after the Kings defeated the Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime, to win the Western Conference Final in Game Seven of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on June 01, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
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6. Anze Kopitar & Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

The Kings are clearly a bad team as they plow through a rebuild, but imagine how bed they would be without Kopitar and Doughty. With an abundance of middling players surrounding them, Kopitar and Doughty are still dangerous players despite both being on the wrong side of 30.

Dallas Stars v San Jose Sharks
Brent Burns #88 and Erik Karlsson #65 of the San Jose Sharks celebrate scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars at SAP Center on January 11, 2020 in San Jose, California.
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5. Erik Karlsson & Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks

Before the Sharks plummeted down the standings, this duo should have ranked in the top three. Alas, after a disappointing performance from the Sharks, including their two star defencemen, the dynamic defensive duo slips into the bottom half of this list. Is this the beginning of a downturn for both players?

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks
FEBRUARY 08: Sean Monahan #23 of the Calgary Flames is congratulated by teammate Johnny Gaudreau #13 after scoring a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at Rogers Arena on February 8, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada.
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4. Johnny Gaudreau & Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

Also two stars who disappointed relative to expectations, although perhaps not as much as the Sharks defencemen. Gaudreau was on pace for 67 points this year after posting 99 a year ago. Monahan was also on pace for his lowest point totals since he was a rookie back in 2013-14. Still, they’re important players for the Flames, even as rumours swirl about Gaudreau’s future.

NHL: NOV 27 Golden Knights at Predators
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) celebrates his first period goal with left wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the NHL game between the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights, held on November 27, 2019, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
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3. Mark Stone & Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden Knights

Perhaps the biggest surprise on this list, Stone and Pacioretty have spearheaded the offensive charge on a talented Golden Knights team. Pacioretty was having a bounce-back year, surpassing 30 goals and 60 points for the first time since 2016-17. Stone, once again, was a force at both ends of the ice. Both players were leaders in playoff scoring last season before the Knights were shockingly bounced in the first round.

New York Islanders v Vancouver Canucks
Elias Pettersson #40 and Quinn Hughes #43 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrate after winning their NHL game against the New York Islanders at Rogers Arena March 10, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Vancouver won 5-4.
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2. Elias Pettersson & Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

These two young stars have changed the trajectory of the down-trodden Canucks. Pettersson and Hughes have dazzled with highlight-reel plays ever since the first donned a Canucks jersey. They’re two of the best young players in the NHL among their age groups, and should lead the Canucks on some playoff runs in the years to come.

2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game
Connor McDavid #97 and Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers pose for photos prior to the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center on January 25, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri.
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1. Connor McDavid & Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

No surprises here. Draisaitl and McDavid had nearly propelled the Oilers to the playoffs before the stoppage. After dominating during the regular season for years now, the next step is for the Oilers superstars to prove their worth in the playoffs.