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Chicago Blackhawks 2014-2015 Over/Under Preview- Brent Seabrook

By Skylar Peters

It’s October! NHL hockey is just days away, and so it’s time to bring back one of our traditional favorites over/under.  We predict the Blackhawks players stats and you tell us if you think they will go over or under those stats! It’s a fun way to preview the season and we look forward to your comments! Is It October 9th in Dallas yet?

Today, we look at another member of the Blackhawks’ core, a defenseman with two Stanley Cup rings to his credit. If the Blackhawks want to make it a trio of Cups in the past decade, they will have to rely on another strong season from Brent Seabrook at both ends of the ice.

Seabrook has constantly been a force in all three zones when he’s on the ice for the ‘Hawks. From blocking shots, breaking up passes, to making a big hit, Seabrook seemingly does anything to make the goaltender’s night easier.

At the other end, he can make it a tough night for the opposing goaltender, too; Seabrook has delivered two of the biggest Blackhawks’ playoff overtime goals ever, both coming in the 2013 Stanley Cup run. He delivered last spring for the Blackhawks, too; with 3 goals and 15 points in 16 playoff games.

It’s not all about the post-season for Seabs, however; he was one of four Blackhawks to appear in all 82 games last season, even playing the sacrificial style that has earned him respect from Blackhawks fans since he first stepped on the ice in 2005.

It’s not about what Seabrook does in the offensive zone that will contribute to the Blackhawks’ success in 2014-15, but any offense he adds will be a huge advantage to head coach Joel Quenneville.

Last season, Seabrook finished with 7 goals and 34 points, with a +23 rating, and 22 PIMs.

2014-2015 over/under– Seabrook won’t set any career highs in the offensive categories this season; that’s not what the Blackhawks pay him $5 million for. Instead, he will be one of the league’s marquee defenders, with an offensive touch to boot. We predict 5 goals and 26 assists for 31 points, finishing with a +26 rating, while accumulating 20 PIMs.

With the recent departure of Nick Leddy, and the Blackhawks looking to start the season with eight defenders, a lot of weight will be placed on Seabrook’s shoulders in 2014-15. From what Blackhawks’ fans have seen in the past, he is more than capable of carrying the load.

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