Rob Niedermayer

Ducks will try to match their shutdown line against NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid

Ducks will try to match their shutdown line against NHL scoring champion Connor McDavid

The exact origin of his line eludes Jakob Silfverberg, but he can piece some of it together.

He first played alongside Ryan Kesler and Matt Beleskey, and there was another variation with Carl Hagelin. Later, in the tenure of former Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, the line of Silfverberg, Kesler and Andrew Cogliano was formed.

Those three have since been together for an eternity by hockey standards, by which forward duos are more common and line changes are sometimes made in pregame warmups.

“I don’t think I’ve seen [continuity like this] on any team I’ve been on,” Silfverberg said. “It’s a little bit unusual.”

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