In the past few years, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos with the Tampa Bay Lightning have created one the best duos in hockey, and they have continued showing their dominance this season with both being in the top five for points in the NHL.
At 37 years old, St. Louis is arguably one of the best playmakers in the game today. He has been amazing this year, ranking second in the league in assists with 29 in only 27 games. The veteran winger has been a perfect first line player for Tampa Bay. St. Louis was crucial in the team’s Stanley Cup win in 2004. At 5’8”, he is one of the shortest players in the league, but his skills are vast. He combines speed, playmaking and creativity, and although he was once undervalued, any team would want him by their side.
On the other hand, Stamkos is the best pure goal scorer in the NHL. He currently leads the NHL with 20 goals in 27 games and is ranked 4th in the league in points. Stamkos has the miraculous ability to put the puck in the net from anywhere with one of the most lethal shots in the game. At only 23 years old, the young center has already won two Maurice Rocket Richard Trophies.
This deadly combination has tormented other NHL teams for years. While St. Louis is one of the best passers in the sport, Stamkos is the best shooter. It’s amazing that the team has struggled this year while their best players are still playing fantastic. It is nice to see hard working players play so well when they clearly deserve it. If the Lightning manages to climb back to the top eight in the East, it will be because of these two fantastic forwards.