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The New Jersey Devils have a long history of prominent nicknames for their forward lines.
What late 1990s Devils fan could possibly forget Mike Peluso, Randy McKay and Bobby Holik making up the notorious “Crash Line?” It may have been Claude Lemieux who claimed the 1995 Conn Smythe Trophy, but the crashers forever are linked to the dream Stanley Cup title in 1995.
Since, the Devils have had “The A Line” — Jason Arnott, Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora — the “EGG Line” — Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta — and last year the Ryan Carter-Stephen Gionta-Steve Bernier troika was dubbed the “CBGB Line.”
Once again, Elias is on a powerful line in 2013. Since Adam Henrique returned to center Elias and David Clarkson nine games ago, the trio has combined for 26 points. Clarkson potted the game-winning goal Friday night in New Jersey’s 5-3 win over Philadelphia.
It’s a line which possesses great skill, grit and tenacity, and – assuming Devils coach Pete DeBoer keeps them together beyond this post– it features three beloved, home-grown Devils. Elias is the team’s all-time leader in points. Clarkson has been beloved since he first put on a Devils sweater seven seasons ago, and Henrique was a Calder Trophy finalist last season.
So, the onus is on the fan: What should the Elias-Clarkson-Henrique line be called? Sound off in the comments below!