6. Who comprises the top defensive pairing that has played together for most of this season?
The second and third pairings have been all over the place. But the top pairing has stayed fairly consistent. It’s the same duo that was together in last year’s playoffs as well. I’m referring to Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
These two make an unlikely pair, especially since Hjalmarsson naturally plays on the left side, as does Keith. But Hjalmarsson’s adjusted in the Blackhawk’s system, and now claims he’s just as comfortable and even prefers the right side. I’m not too sure about that, but he certainly does an excellent job no matter what side he lines up on.
Keith provides the offensive spark, and Hjammer covers the defense (i.e. blocking shots). Usually. Let’s face it, they’re both pretty good on both ends of the ice, which is why they make up the first D-pairing.
Hjalmarsson has recently sustained an upper-body injury, and he’s been out of the lineup for the last two games. But he is listed as day-to-day, so hopefully he and Keith will be reunited soon.
7. Name two players who play a big role in the Chicago Blackhawks’ penalty kill.
If you said Marcus Kruger here, you’re right on the money. Krugs is arguably the ’Hawks’ best penalty killer. But many other names can be mentioned. Your best defensive forwards contribute on the penalty kill, as well as your best defensive defensemen. For the Chicago Blackhawks, this includes: Toews, Hossa, Dennis Rasmussen, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk. Tanner Kero has also seen more shorthanded ice time lately.
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8. What two forwards did the Chicago Blackhawks acquire at the trade deadline in 2015 that were integral in helping the team bring home the Cup that season?
Antoine Vermette of the Arizona Coyotes and Andrew Desjardins of the San Jose Sharks were both acquired at the trade deadline in 2015. Although it took both of them a while to be trusted and utilized by Coach Quenneville, Vermette centered a solid third line, and Desjardins was part of a strong shutdown fourth line that helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Cup.
Kimmo Timonen was also acquired at the deadline, but had very limited ice time, and did not play a big role for the ’Hawks.
9. How many games has Joel Quenneville won as head coach of this team?
The answer to this question as of the Minnesota Wild game on Tuesday, February 21 was 400 wins. But the Chicago Blackhawks have won two more games in a row since then. So we’re now looking at 402 wins. And counting …
10. What is Corey Crawford’s current save percentage?
Yeah, unless you’re an absolute diehard, or a beat writer, I’m sure you had to look this one up. I had to look it up. At the time of this post, Crawford has played in 40 games, and has a .917 save percentage. His average goals allowed is 2.58, and his current record is 24-13-3.
What did you think about these Chicago Blackhawks’ trivia questions? Were they too easy, or too hard? How many answers did you get right? Either way, I hope you had fun, and perhaps learned something new in the process.
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