Seabrook out, Bolland in for Blackhawks
The Blackhawks will be without defenceman Brent Seabrook as they face elimination against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET), but Chicago will have centre David Bolland back in the lineup.
Neither Blackhawk skated with his teammates Tuesday morning, but Chicago coach Joel Quenneville announced the news regarding Seabrook, who was the victim in a shoulder-to-head hit from Vancouver’s Raffi Torres in Game 3 on Sunday.
Torres was whistled for a two-minute interference penalty on the second-period play, but was not suspended by the league for the hit. He refused to speak to reporters for a third day in a row, stating that he wanted to focus on the game.
Seabrook finished Game 3, but did remark that he felt sore on Monday. Quenneville would only state that Seabrook is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
When asked for the second straight day about his feelings on Torres's not being suspended for the hit, the Chicago coach repeated that he wished the call on the ice was a major penalty and not a two-minute interference infraction.
Bolland has not played since he suffered a concussion on Mar. 9. The second-line centre is one of the best agitating forwards in the NHL, and one of the reasons why the Blackhawks have beaten the Canucks the past two years in the playoffs.
"Our worry has been all year about how we play and not our opponents," said Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, who has three goals in the series.
Quenneville also said centre Ryan Johnson will return after he missed Game 3 with a lower-body injury.
The Canucks lead the series 3-0 and could eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champs with a win at the United Center to sweep the series.
"It’s about survival for us," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "The Flyers got in on the last day [last year] and won, and came back from 3-0 [to Boston], and that’s what we have to do."
Chicago had its chances Sunday night at the United Center, took a 1-0 lead and had four first-period power plays, one of them a 5-on-3 for 77 seconds. But Roberto Luongo snuffed that out with a couple of beautiful saves against Toews and Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks, who lost 10 players from their championship team a year ago in a salary-cap purge in the offseason, have not been able to match up four lines with the Canucks, who also have plenty of depth on defence.
"When you have six defenceman like we have right now that are hitting like they are, you can tell on the tape [that] they are looking up instead of maybe focusing on the next play," Sedin said. "It's tough to play against."
With files from The Associated Press