There’s certainly an argument to be made, as Stamkos’ 43 and St. Louis’ 42 points rank among the top three this season. They also lead Tampa Bay who, entering Jon Cooper‘s first day as coach Wednesday, was five points from the Eastern Conference cellar but only six points out of a playoff spot.
Both have different methods for getting points though. Stamkos is more of a goal scorer, with his league-leading 23 goals this season serving as evidence. St. Louis, on the other hand, loves dishing the puck to teammates. His team-leading 34 assists prove that.
Now, let’s go back to the Lightning’s last playoff appearance in 2010-2011. That season saw both Stamkos and St. Louis finish in the top five of league scoring, with 99 and 91 points respectively.
These two also have quite the trophy case, as Stamkos currently holds two Rocket Richard trophies and, barring injury or a major collapse, will capture his third once April ends. Meanwhile, St. Louis won the Hart Trophy during the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup-winning season, and has a few Lady Byng awards for good sportsmanship. Both have played in numerous All Star games as well.
Personally, I believe Stamkos and St. Louis have shown they’re among the league’s best duos for a number of years. That, along with their overall ability to come through in clutch situations, makes me think they are indeed the NHL’s best duo.
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