With not much going on within the hockey world as we wait for the NHL to restart their season we have some time to talk about some interesting things about the Chicago Blackhawks.
We recently ran a fun poll on our twitter to see who would win on a fantasy one on one situation. You have Patrick Kane skating up the ice with only one defender to get past before he can get to the goalie, the only issue is that the defender is Duncan Keith in his prime.
Just for a little refresher, prime Duncan Keith won two Norris Trophies and some Stanley Cups and was one of the best defensemen in the NHL. This Duncan Keith can pretty much defend against anyone.
The poll on twitter really did favor Patrick Kane, but at the same time, I do not think you can count out Keith so quickly. Have we seen Patrick Kane skate past defenders effortlessly in the past as he easily puts the puck into the net? Yes, but we have also seen Duncan Keith shut down some of the best in the game many times.
The great thing about Duncan Keith is that while he has had some great offensive plays over the years like scoring the game-winning goal in the 2015 Stanley Cup finals, he is more known for his shut down defensive abilities. Keith has been the Blackhawks’ best defenseman for years, and it is going to be hard finding his replacement when he decides to hang up the skates.
Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane are two of the best players to play their position for the Blackhawks. If I had to make an all-time great starting lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks Duncan Keith would be playing defense and Patrick Kane would be on the wing, I just think it would be interesting to see who would win one on one.
The results of our fan poll really seem to favor Patrick Kane, but I ask you, the reader, what do you think? If Patrick Kane was skating up the ice and you could only have one defender out there against him, don’t you think Duncan Keith would have the best chance at shutting him down?