All of 19 years old and thrust into a key role for the Blackhawks as they duke it out in the Western Conference, defenseman Nick Leddy is too busy to be nervous.

"Down the stretch every game is critical," said Leddy, who has settled into a regular spot on the Hawks' blue line. "It gets pretty nerve-wracking out there but your adrenaline kicks in and you don't really feel it anymore. It's just having confidence in yourself that you know you're going to make the right plays."

Helping Leddy along the way is reigning Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith, currently paired with the Eden Prairie, Minn., native.

"Playing with Duncan I've felt comfortable the whole time," said Leddy, who has two goals while averaging 14 minutes, 47 seconds of ice time per game this season. "He makes players better that he plays with (and) I definitely think he has it done for me. He'll tell me things that I need to get better at or (how) to help him out."