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Blackhawks look to respond vs. Sharks; Injury updates

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Coach Joel Quenneville didn't seem too happy when he met the media following the Blackhawks' morning skate at H.P. Pavilion.

The Hawks need to respond after losing two in a row in humiliating fashion. And the San Jose Sharks won't be an easy opponent. A little anger from all the Hawks could go a long way.

"How or what what said, it has to be addressed," Quenneville said. "We went about our business in a normal way, handling situations. We had our quarterly individual meetings [on Tuesday]. We should be ready for tonight."

Defenseman Brent Seabrook (leg) didn't participate in the morning skate Wednesday, but he is a game-time decision. He will test out his injury during pre-game warmups and decide after that. Seabrook said Tuesday that he was "feeling good" after his first practice since getting hurt last Sunday.

Winger Michael Frolik (shoulder) will "likely" play, Quenneville said. He sat out the last two games after going hard into the boards in the first game of the trip against the Canucks. Center Dave Bolland sat out Wednesday's morning skate, but he will play against the Sharks. He was coming off a recent foot injury.

Getting Seabrook and Frolik back in the lineup will definitely help the Hawks. They are two of their best defensive players, and the Hawks were walloped in back-to-back losses in Edmonton and Calgary, getting outscored 14-4.

The Hawks all said getting two days off in Las Vegas helped. But now they need to show they've moved past their ugly defeats in Western Canada.

"We want to make sure we are more sharp," winger Marian Hossa said. "We thought it was going to be easier in some games because we won four in a row before the Calgary game. It doesn't work in this league. We have to be mentally strong and be ready for each game.

"Sometimes a slap in the face like that is good. We can get back to normal. We know every game is going to be tough. We just have to be prepared for it."

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