EDITOR'S NOTE: You've arrived at the CBJ Power Rankings, our weekly breakdown of the top-five players, statistics, trends and many other Blue Jackets-related categories. If you're looking for the traditional power rankings, you've come to the wrong place. We'll go in-depth and outside the box, and hopefully give you something to think about.
We spent some time here last week listing the best power plays in the National Hockey League, but those listings can change from one week to the next. One week a team's power play can be its saving grace, while the next it's just not there for them. Every team has its go-to player that they count on to drive the power play and keep it consistent, but the teams that do it best have more than one star player wreaking havoc on the man advantage.
This week's power rankings look beyond the best power play units and instead break down the league's best power play duos, the teammates who combine for a lethal combination with the man advantage. With one-two punches like these, maybe one power play unit really is enough.
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture: San Jose Sharks
There are a lot of offensive weapons to choose from in San Jose, but two of the top snipers in the Bay Area have been carrying the load for the Sharks with the man advantage. Pavelski already has six power play goals this season, which puts him in a six-way logjam for second place in the NHL. Combined with Couture, the two scorers have 10 goals and 21 points.
The success isn't isolated either. Pavelski has become one of the league's best power play performers, with 31 power play points last season (5th in the NHL) and 16 power play goals (2nd). Couture's production has taken the leap forward with greater opportunity, as his 10 power play points so far this season nearly matches his 13 points from all of last season on the power play.