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Blackhawks to start season with 8 defensemen

Michal Rozsival is also doubtful for season opener with an upper-body injury.

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The Chicago Blackhawks will start the season with eight defensemen, head coach Joel Quenneville informed the media Sunday after practice.

Defenseman Michal Rozsival was also announced as doubtful to play in the season opener on Thursday against the Dallas Stars and it appears Swedish countrymen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya will be split up.

Who makes the cut?

Projected Season Pairings

Duncan Keith Brent Seabrook
Niklas Hjalmarsson Trevor van Riemsdyk
Johnny Oduya David Rundblad
Michal Rozsival Kyle Cumiskey