Pictured above are two of the NHL’s most dynamic duos in recent memory, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, and Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak.
This year in the NHL has featured some of the most prolific point-scoring in NHL history. In recent memory, there hasn’t been a tandem that has been able to light up the league such as McDavid and Draisaitl. What is even better, however, is that there is a SECOND tandem in the league that has also been tearing it up. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak are right behind the Oilers duo as far as point scoring goes. Let’s break down the stats!
Goals: David Pastrnak leads the NHL with 25 goals scored. He has socred those 25 goals in 28 games. Sheesh. This kid is on fire. Pastrnak is 23, same age as me. I find that absolutely absurd that he is just torching the league. McDavid and Draisaitl are behind Pastrnak with 19 and 18 goals respectively. Marchand also has scored 18 on the year.
Points: Both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid have 51 points scored through 30 games so far. They have torched every team they have faced so far, combining for 102 points total. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak have 44 and 43 points respectively. Combined, they have 87 points, which is definately nothing to sneeze at.
Plus/Minus: This is really more of a team stat, however I want to highlight the only major difference between the two duos. McDavid and Draisaitl have a plus 3 and plus 1 rating respectively, while Marchand and Pastrnak have a plus 20 and plus 13 respectively. That’s a big difference. While having more points, McDavid and Draisaitl seem to be on the ice for equal amounts of points scored as they are on the ice for points against. Those aren’t great numbers. Those show me that they are really only focusing on the offensive side of the puck, which for the Oilers, has worked. But if they want to see continued success, that top tandem needs to bulk up on the defensive side of the puck as well. I’ll admit, the Bruins have the best goaltending in the league right now in Rask and Halak. However, the eye test shows me that it isn’t just the goaltending. Seeing that first line play, even without the likes of defensive mastermind Patrice Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak have played a nice complimentary defensive game with their torrid offensive pace. This is directly shown in their plus/minus, with a combined plus 33.
Overall: Just by looking at the offensive stats, I have to give the slight advantage to McJesus and his disciple. However, if you look a little closer, Marchand and Pastrnak have been the better duo. They have the advantage of being able to play on the same line, which attributes to why I think they are the better duo. Go ahead Oiler Nation, come at me.