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The Bruins are usually a team that gets overlooked when talking about bonafide superstars like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid. They may not have that one solo star, but they do have a full line of incredible hockey players. The Marchand/Bergeron connection was one that we knew of for a couple years, but with the recent continues addition of David Pastrnak to their line this year, they have been almost unstoppable. Their offensive output and defensive shut-down ability is something to marvel at.
The 63/37/88 line hasn’t played together the entire season. The first game that they were together as a line for a fair amount of time was on October 30th, ten games into the season. It had to happen because of injuries, but it worked out well for Bruce Cassidy. That stat is incredible. They have played the most of any Bruins line combination this season, and much of the success in Boston comes from the production of that line. Here’s an example of the heads-up play style the line is known for.
The three have a combined $19,666,666 cap hit (Worth 29.16% of Boston’s salary), with deals lasting until 2021-22 for Bergeron, 2022-23 for Pastrnak and 2024-25 for Marchand. All three players are in the top 100 for points in NHL. This means at least 5 more years of the domination of this line for the B’s unless some unforeseen event occurs. If this line is able to compete with other teams top pairings, the Bruins can continue their dominance. And with all of the rookies coming up to make the roster, there should be enough cap space for the Bruins management to work with for future deals.
Sources: CapFriendly.com, NHL.com, LeftWingLock.com