After he talked of the Chicago Blackhawks’ game overall, their special teams and their victory, Duncan Keith was asked about himself. What does he think of his game? “Pretty good,” Keith said, hesitant to go further. “I don’t like talking about my own game.” Keith may not want to talk about his game, but his game is talking plenty for him. He has 32 points, most among NHL defensemen entering Wednesday night’s games. That point total, to which he added a goal and an assist in the Blackhawks’ 3-1 victory over Nashville on Tuesday, also ranks him 21st among all skaters in the league. The points get Keith more notice in the early Norris Trophy running, but his overall game has been hard to ignore. He’s a plus-15 so far this season, he’s been as strong defensively as offensively and has made the most of his minutes, be it 5-on-5 or on either special teams unit. His teammates and coach have noticed how good Keith’s been this season. “He’s skating well, he came into camp in great shape and it’s paying off,” Patrick Sharp said. “He’s been playing well on that power play and makes good plays defensively as well. He’s getting the (Norris) recognition now because his points and offensive numbers are high, but we know how valuable he is in all different areas.” Coach Joel Quenneville recently said Keith may be better now than when he won the Norris in 2009-10.
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CSN Chicago | Dec 19