To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights.
Welcome to Rivalry Night Faceoff, a new weekly feature that looks at one of the most significant head-to-head matchups in the NBCSN Wednesday Night Rivalry game. This week, we're analyzing the top defense pairs for the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, what makes them click and which is better.
Blues defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester, and Chicago's top guys, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, are minute-munchers and candidates to play for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February. All four can offer realistic arguments as to why they are part of the top defense pair not only in the Wednesday Night Rivalry game, but in the entire NHL.