Splitting Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf is a hit

Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have been together for years, so the idea of separating them was a shock to many. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

One of the prominent story lines for the Anaheim Ducks this season has been something few people ever thought would happen: Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf playing on different lines.

I remember at training camp when I dropped into Anaheim for a few days, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned the possibility, to which I thought: "That will last two games at most."

Well I was wrong. Perry and Getzlaf have played on different lines most of the season -- and when you add in a third line centered by Ryan Kesler that has had a lot of success -- the Ducks are coming at you in three offensive units, which simply was never the case in seasons past.

"I was just as surprised as you were when I heard that (at camp), because since I’ve been here those two have been inseparable, not just on the ice but they do a lot of things off the ice, too," Ducks blueliner Cam Fowler said of splitting up Getzlaf and Perry. "So it was kind of weird to see them split up on the ice. But I think it’s done huge things for our team.

"It has spread our scoring out. It’s given us more scoring depth that teams have to be aware of now. We have four really solid lines now, and people on all those lines that can score at any given moment. It gives other people something to think about where as in previous years they could stack their lineup against the Getzlaf line and, if you shut those guys down, you might have had a good chance. It brings a different dynamic for us this year with those two being split up."