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In the last blog you mentioned, "The trio of Thomas Vanek, [John] Tavares and Kyle Okposo is as lethal a line as there is in the NHL. Only two other lines (the David Krejci and Jonathan Toews lines) have produced more than their 33 goals this season." So, I'm wondering, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for the Ducks have a combined 59 goals ... where does their line rank, since it's not higher than 33?
Eric, Irvine, Calif.
To come up with that stat, I used a website (which was linked to) called Left Wing Lock that has a number of tools, including one that calculates the highest scoring trios in the league. A couple of things to keep in mind -- the goal total calculated is at even strength only and does not include penalty shots or empty net goals. In the case of Anaheim, the trio of Getzlaf, Perry and Dustin Penner are currently No. 5 in the league with 29 combined goals, a total that would likely be higher if Penner had played a full slate of games this season. Goals scored by Perry and Getzlaf with another winger don’t factor in. Here’s a look at the current top five:
Thomas Vanek - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo: 33 goals