The Florida Panthers are one of the best teams in the league, and up front, they’re highlighted by one of the hottest lines.

Jonathan Huberdeau, Sam Bennett, and Anthony Duclair have been thriving since being put together as the team’s second line.

This isn’t their first stint together; they composed the ‘first line’ in late November for a bit while Aleksander Barkov was out of the lineup. But over this last month is when they’ve really made the most noise.

It was pretty hard to miss them in Florida’s 7-1 thumping of the Stars. Bennett and Huberdeau combined for assists on Gustav Forsling’s goal at even strength, then Duclair doubled the score. Huberdeau notched his own goal, before the centre net two (plus one on the man-advantage). That added to five goals from this line at even strength, as Huberdeau and Bennett notched four points each, and Duclair wasn’t too shabby himself with three.

The following night, they turned around and did even more damage, this time in what became a 9-2 win over the Blue Jackets with another two 5-on-5 goals.

So what’s clicking for one of the hottest lines in the league? Let’s take a look.

Huberdeau’s one of the best wingers in the league. In all situations, he’s second in league scoring with 54 points. Shift to just 5-on-5 scoring to eliminate play on the man-advantage, and he’s still among the best — fourth with 29 points.

For offensive plays, his efforts can start with a takeaway; he’s collected the third-highest rate of takeaways at 5-on-5 on the Panthers (with 29 altogether). Once he has the puck on his stick, he can bring it into the offensive zone with ease.

There, he’s not the most frequent shooter, but he’s effective. Over 65 per cent of his 5-on-5 shots have come from the slot area, and his 10 goals exceed his expected goal total of 7.49.

But above all else, Huberdeau’s an elite passer. With 13.6 attempts per 60, the winger ranks 16th in the league in passes to the slot. Even fewer are as successful in threading those passes to the quality areas of the ice; his 6.22 passes per 60 rank eighth in the league.