It was Duncan Keith’s milestone night, but Brent Seabrook made a little history too.
Seabrook became the Blackhawks’ all-time leader in regular-season games played by a defenseman Saturday, surpassing Bob Murray’s mark of 1,008. Murray, currently the Ducks general manager, spent his entire playing career with the Hawks (1975-1990).
Seabrook trails Stan Mikita (1,396 games) by a wide margin, but he and Keith, who played in his 1,000th game against the Blues, should pass Bobby Hull (1,036) and Eric Nesterenko (1,013) this season to reach No. 2 and 3 on the Hawks’ all-time list for games played.
The Hawks’ long-serving blueliners became the only active teammates each to have played at least 1,000 career games. The 973 games in which they have played together are the ninth-most all-time for any NHL pair and most ever for defensemen.
Joel Quenneville said of the record for most games together as defensemen. “(They) have been a big part of our organization, big part of the success.”
Patrick Kane (827 games) and Jonathan Toews (796) will reach their 1,000-game milestone — barring injury or a work stoppage — sometime during the 2020-21 season. Chris Kunitz has played 970 games with six franchises and is on target to reach 1,000 on Dec. 14 vs. the Jets at the United Center.
Oh, brother: With their parents and grandparents in the stands, Hawks forward Nick Schmaltz and older brother Jordan, a Blues defenseman, played against each other in the NHL for the first time.
Their initial battles came in the basement of their boyhood home in Verona, Wis., a suburb of Madison, where the brothers would play roller hockey and toughen each other up.
Brayden Schenn’s first-period goal.
Corey Crawford, who hasn’t played since Dec. 23 after suffering a concussion, is expected to make his first start of the season Thursday night against the Coyotes at the United Center. Crawford has been practicing at full speed and appears to be ready to go.
“Looking forward to it,” Quenneville said. “I’m sure he is, too.”