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Duncan Keith | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 192
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Duncan Keith scored Monday's Game 6 eventual Cup-winning goal, and captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
At times, it seemed as though Keith was literally carrying the Blackhawks on his back. Keith's goal was symbolic of his overall effort, supporting the offensive drive and following up his own rebound to put home the only goal Chicago needed in their 2-0 victory. Over his 30:19 of ice time, the seventh time he played at least 30 minutes (only twice playing under 25 minutes in playoff 23 games), Keith tied two others with six shots on net to lead, plus four blocks and a hit. Keith finished the postseason tied for third in points with 21, which ranked second on the team. He also tied for most assists (18), and led all defensemen in both categories. Jun 16 - 1:01 AM

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Duncan Keith is just 14:42 away from reaching the 700 minutes played mark during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.

If he does reach that number, he will become only the fourth player in history to play that many minutes in one playoff year. Kings defenseman Drew Doughty played 747:33 last year, Chris Pronger played 742:55 in 2006 and Nicklas Lidstrom played 717:01 in 2002. If the series between the Hawks and Lightning goes to Game 7, and Keith continues to play his average minutes, he will surpass Drew Doughty's mark by three seconds. If Chicago wins the Stanley Cup, it will be tough to give the Conn Smythe trophy to someone other than Duncan Keith.
Jun 14 - 1:38 PM

Duncan Keith didn't participate in Wednesday's morning skate.

However, he should be in the lineup for Game 4 against Tampa Bay. Keith has been a workhorse for the Blackhawks during the playoffs, so it's understandable that he got the session off for some rest. He has averaged 31:20 of ice time per game and no one has seen more total playing time (626:48) in the playoffs than him. Keith also leads the postseason with a plus-14 rating and he sits first among defensemen with 20 points in 20 games.
Jun 10 - 4:08 PM

Duncan Keith registered an assist in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Keith has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven contests. That brings him up to two goals and 20 points in 20 playoff games. He also logged 31:37 minutes on Monday, which is incredible and also in line with what he's been doing all postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 9 - 10:14 AM

Hall-of-fame defenseman Brian Leetch believes that Duncan Keith is a Hall-of-Famer.

Leetch knows what it's like to play the position at a Hall-of-Fame level, so his opinion can't be dismissed. "I don't know how it couldn't be looked at that way," Leetch told NHL.com. "From the eye test. From watching him on the ice. His age. And then you bring up the individual and team awards, I'm not sure how you'd be able to keep him out (of the hall-of-fame)." Keith has had a brilliant career so far, and all signs point to him one day being in the hall-of-fame, but it's still too early to decide. The 31-year-old has 19 points in 18 postseason games in 2015, and if the Hawks win the Stanley Cup, he is a realistic candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 7 - 9:21 PM

Duncan Keith said he expects his team to be better when the Stanley Cup Final resumes on Saturday.

The Blackhawks were badly outplayed at the beginning of the game, but they had a strong third period en route to a Game 1 win. "I think we can be better," Keith said. "They came out hard and took it to us early. I don't think we want to always have to play from behind and find a way. Obviously it's nice to get the lead and play with the lead. We'd rather be able to do that than chase it."
Jun 4 - 6:11 PM

Duncan Keith only added to his growing Conn Smythe consideration, adding an assist and playing a game-high 29:15 in Wednesday's 2-1 Game 1 Stanley Cup Final win.

Keith now has 17 assists, and sits just one assist behind Ryan Getzlaf for most assists in the postseason. He also trails Tyler Johnson (21) for most postseason points by just a pair. With even a mediocre Final, Keith may be able to secure one of the few remaining trophies he's yet to win.
Jun 4 - 12:46 AM

Duncan Keith has averaged 31:35 of ice time per game in the playoffs.

That's more than any player who is still skating in the postseason and his total time on ice of 537:04 is the most of any skater. Keith also leads all defensemen in scoring during the 2015 playoffs with 18 points (two assists, 16 assists) in 17 games. He has a plus-13 rating to rank first as well. Keith will enter the Stanley Cup as one of the favorites for the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Jun 1 - 4:37 PM

Star defenseman Duncan Keith assisted on three goals in less than four minutes during the second period Wednesday night to help the Blackhawks defeat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final.

The seventh and deciding game of the series will be played Saturday night in Anaheim. Wednesday, there were no goals in the first period but the Hawks jumped ahead 3-0 in the second when Keith drew his 12th, 13th and 14th assists of the playoffs on goals by Brandon Saad (fifth), Marian Hossa (third) and Patrick Kane (10th). The Ducks cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 at 1:57 of the third period but Andrew Shaw scored his second goal of the post-season at 16:28 of the third to make it 4-2 for the Hawks. Shaw then found the empty net at 19:11 to cement the 5-2 victory for the Hawks. Andrew Desjardins assisted on both of Shaw's goals, his first two assists of the playoffs. Shaw also led the game in hits, with seven.
May 27 - 11:29 PM

Duncan Keith has logged over 40 minutes in two of his last three games.

Of course those contests went to overtime, but it nevertheless raises concerns about the fatigue factor. Keith has been averaging a league-leading 32:22 minutes per game in the playoffs. That speaks both to his value as a blueliner and Chicago's lack of defensive depth. They'll have to continue to lean heavily on him going forward.
May 25 - 4:05 PM

Duncan Keith played nearly 50 minutes during Chicago's 3-2 triple-overtime win on Tuesday.

To be exact, Keith played 49:51 minutes. That's an incredible amount of work, but it's not even the first time he breached the 45-minute mark in 2015. He also logged 46:19 minutes in Chicago's triple-overtime win against Nashville on April 21. He's leading the league with an average of 32:02 minutes played per game in the postseason.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 20 - 10:42 AM

The Blackhawks have had close to 10 days off since their last game, and they’re more than ready to get back to work.

They will open up their Western Conference final series Sunday against the Ducks, with their last game coming May 7. "We know we've got a tough opponent," said Duncan Keith. "We haven't played these guys [in the playoffs], like [Patrick] Kane said. There's that excitement, as well. We're a group of guys that's excited to get the series going. It's been a long layoff. We all want to get it going."
Source: NHL.com
May 16 - 9:40 PM

Duncan Keith kept up his superb play with two assists during Friday's Game One 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Over a team-leading 24:43 of play which includes over four minutes on special teams, Keith tallied a hit, block, and a takeaway plus three shots to go along with his two points. Keith leads the team and all defenders with seven assists and nine points through seven games.
May 2 - 1:32 AM

Duncan Keith admitted that his team needs to play better in front of their goaltenders going forward.

The Hawks eliminated the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, but they still believe there is room for improvement. "It’s not fair to the goalie, the way we played in front of him," Duncan Keith said, "Corey in the first [game], and then Darls tonight. We know we’ve got great goaltending. It’s not that. It’s more how we play in front of them. And I think we kind of pulled it together and realized, hey, that’s not acceptable." The Blackhawks have been forced to swap goaltenders a few times in the playoffs already.
Apr 26 - 9:33 AM

Defenseman Duncan Keith notched three points -- including the game-winning goal in the third period -- to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-3 triumph over the visiting Nashville Predators Saturday night.

Keith had a goal and two assists as the Hawks eliminated the Preds 4-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference First Round Series. Star center Jonathan Toews also contributed a goal and two assists to Chicago's triumph. The Hawks overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period, bouncing back to tie the score 3-3 before the end of the period. The Hawks' big guns took care of the goals, with Patrick Sharp, Toews and Patrick Kane all scoring in the first period. Sharp and Toews both scored their third goals of the playoffs, while Kane netted his second. Kane's tying goal came with six seconds left in the first period. After no scoring in the second period, the stage was set for Keith, who took a pass from Toews and fired a slap shot into the Nashville net for the game winner with 3:48 left in the third period. Keith also posted a game-high six shots on net. In the series, he produced two goals and five assists.
Apr 25 - 11:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Joakim Nordstrom
LW1Andrew Shaw
2Teuvo Teravainen
3Kris Versteeg
4Bryan Bickell
5Jeremy Morin
6Corey Tropp
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Ryan Garbutt
4Andrew Desjardins
5Marko Dano
6Viktor Tikhonov
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Trevor Daley
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5David Rundblad
6Trevor van Riemsdyk
7Kyle Cumiskey
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling