Orr's glory came early. He was pretty much done soon after he turned 27, playing just 36 games over three seasons after the 1974-75 season.
On the other hand, Lidstrom became hockey's dominant defenseman later in his career. He won his first Stanley Cup two months after turning 27 and all of his individual awards after that age.
So, flip the switch please Igor. Let's splice together Bobby Orr's career til the age of 27 and Nicklas Lidstrom's career after he turned 27 (starting with the 97-98 season). What you get is ...
1,422 regular-season games
1,182 penalty minutes (Bobby could fight)
+816 (missing Orr's rookie season)
I was thinking that the statistics of this Frankenstein defenseman would tower over everyone else, but they're very similar to those of the two most dominant defensemen in terms of career stats, Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey. Bourque had 1,579 points. Coffey had 1,531. Coffey scored 396 goals in 1,409 games. Bourque had 410 goals in 1,612 games. Both Bourque (+528) and Coffey (+294) trail the monster in plus-minus.
Orr is the most statistically dominant defenseman per game in history. Lidstrom has led the league in defense scoring, but he's in a statistically deflated era; his numbers would be higher if he was in his prime in the 80s.
But here's where the Orr/Lidstrom monster towers ... achievements, not numbers. The Orr/Lidstrom monster combined to earn ...
5 Stanley Cups
3 Conn Smythe Trophies
14 Norris Trophies
3 Hart Trophies
2 Art Ross Trophies
1 Calder Trophy
That's 14 Norris Trophies in 19 seasons. And Nick is still going.
Now if I can figure a way to put Wayne Gretzky's scoring abilities together with Bob Probert's fighting ...