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Power Rankings pres. by YP: Oct. 27

by Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

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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.

Nothing quite strikes fear into a defense like seeing not one, but two dominant scorers on the same line. Having game-changing forwards on the same line is a luxury that most teams don't have. It goes without saying, but top-line forward production is absolutely vital.

Having two game-changing stars working together can create nightmares for defenses. When two stars mesh together on the same line, the results can be downright stunning to watch. Here are the top dynamic duos of this young season.

 Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist - Pittsburgh Penguins

This offseason, Pittsburgh traded away one of its best offensive talents in James Neal, but they're still scoring goals in bunches. The Penguins rank second in the NHL so far in goals per game, trailing only the Metro-leading New York Islanders. Of course, having the best player in the world anchoring the top line helps.

Sidney Crosby's 104 points last year led the NHL by a wide margin, and his production doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. His 12 points this season put him in a dead heat with Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for second in the league, just one point behind Tyler Seguin.

But alas, as there are no dynamic unos, Crosby owes some of his success to Patric Hornqvist, who was acquired in the Neal trade this offseason. He's filled in admirably on Crosby's wing, putting up nine points so far this year. 

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