Chicago Blackhawks: Opening Night Defensive Pairs

By Skylar Peters
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Mar 6, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman

Brent Seabrook

(7) celebrates with teammates center

Jonathan Toews

(19) and defenseman

Niklas Hjalmarsson

(4) after scoring a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period of an NHL game at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Second Pairing

Brent SeabrookNiklas Hjalmarsson

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The Blackhawks’ balance between left and right-handed shots (3 each in their top six) means that fans will likely see more of a defensive pairing usually reserved for the playoffs, with Nos. 4 and 7. Both former Olympians, this defensive pairing could be considered a shut-down pair on many teams in the league, and with the high-powered offenses coming at them in the Western Conference this season, it will have to do just that.

Both these players have a history of scoring big goals, especially Seabrook, who usually rears his head when the overtime period starts, no matter if it’s in the regular season or playoffs. Seabrook’s cannon, paired with Hjalmarsson’s uncanny shot-blocking ability, will mean this pairing is going to be very effective on both sides of the puck.

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