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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Defensive Alignment And Shootout Lineup

By Colin Likas
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Jan Rutta
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Jan Rutta /
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CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 12: Jan Rutta
CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 12: Jan Rutta /

The Chicago Blackhawks have an interesting defensive conundrum right now due to injury, but with things working out well, perhaps it’s not a problem at all

If you were Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and your had to create a defensive lineup once most everyone is healthy, what would you do?

The Blackhawks currently have Jan Rutta and Cody Franson injured (in addition to the long-term injury of Michal Rozsival). That has allowed Jordan Oesterle and Michal Kempny to slide into the lineup. But what happens when those injuries heal?

This is half the top of today’s Chicago Blackhawks roundtable. Here are the official questions:

Question 1: Who should be the six Chicago Blackhawks playing on defense once everyone (except Michal Rozsival) is healthy and why?

Question 2: When the Blackhawks eventually get to another shootout, who should the three-person lineup be and why?

Let’s see what our group of experts had to say this week.

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