Hawks’ Seabrook out for Game 5 against Canucks

 

Once again the Chicago Blackhawks will be without key defenceman, Brent Seabrook, when they face-off tonight against the Vancouver Canucks. This represents a huge loss for the defending Stanley Cup champions, as Seabrook, who plays on the number one, pairing with Keith Duncan, is coming off a 48 point season. Seabrook, who averages about 20 minutes of ice time per game, was injured during the second period of the Game 3’s loss, when Canucks’ forward, Raffi Torres, hit him with a boarderline bodycheck. “There’s a chance he could have played, but he’s not,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He’s just not ready to go.” Down 3-1 in their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series Chicago will once again use John Scott as their number six defenceman. Meanwhile, Seabrook who played the third period of Chicago’s Game 3,  3-2 loss, travelled with the team to Vancouver thinking that he might be able to play, which unfortunately isn’t the case. “He’s been one of our best defensemen all year and it’s not easy … and not fun to be missing a guy like that,” Hawks’ captain, Jonathan Toews, said. “But, whether … he’s in or out … it doesn’t change our gameplan. We just adapt to it. Some guys play more. We’ll be ready for whatever the situation is.” If the Hawks are to extend this series, then they must get more offensive production from key stars, such as Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane, who are all still looking for their first goal of the series. “I can’t complain about the opportunities I’m getting, whether it’s on the power play or 5-on-5, playing against (Ryan) Kesler or the Sedin line,” Toews said. “You’ve just got to find a way to generate something. Kaner (Patrick Kane) and I have had plenty of chances in the last couple of games. In the last one we didn’t need it, but there’s no time better than now. We can’t wait any longer.”

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