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Cale Makar and Devon Toews were the best defensemen in the Avalanche-Predators series

The Avalanche-Predators series was hailed as a game featuring two of the NHL’s best defensemen.

They both happened to play for the same team.

Defending Avs — A+

Yes, Grading the Week staff saw the news on Friday:

Predators defenseman Roman Josi was named one of three finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league’s most outstanding player as voted on by NHL players.

The 31-year-old veteran certainly had the regular season production — 96 points, 73 assists and an average ice time of 25:33 — to make his case.

Except anyone who watched the recent playoff series between Colorado and Nashville knows the truth: Avalanche rosy-cheeked assassin Cale Makar was by far the best player on the ice. And his defensive partner Devon Toews was number 2 on the blue line.

Makar’s spectacular shot from the roof of the Predators’ goal in Game 1 was an artistry on the ice. His Game 3 winner in overtime (on his 12th shot of the night) paid tribute to his hard work. And this game 4? Well, it was Makar’s complete car wash, complete with flashes of brilliant skating, pinpoint accuracy from the point, and a smattering of Skittles from some Smashville admirers.

All Toews did was score at least one point in all four playoff wins, including a laser beam from the blue line that Artturi Lehkonen deflected for the opening goal in Game 2 while posting a plus rating. /minus (plus-5) which tied for 12th. among all skaters entering Friday Night’s 6 game collection.

Of course, neither is in the running for the Lindsay Award – although Makar joined Josi as a Norris Trophy runner-up.

Rather than dive too deep into a call for Toews to join his teammate on this list — and believe us, he has an argument — we’ll just let the playoff numbers speak for themselves.

Despite only playing four games after a sweep of the Predators, Makar and Toews led all defensemen with three goals apiece going into Friday night.

Makar was third in the playoffs in scoring (10 points) among all players, and two points better than the next closest defenseman, while Toews was tied for sixth (five points) among defensemen.

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