The Blackhawks will be trying to tie the longest point streak to start an NHL season tonight when they host the rival Vancouver Canucks. But they'll have to go for 16 straight without defenseman Brent Seabrook.
Seabrook, who was hit in the groin with a shot during the first period of Sunday's game against the Kings, is "day to day," according to coach Joel Quenneville. When a reporter asked Quenneville if Seabrook had been hit in the ribs, Quenneville said, "Uh, somewhere."
Seabrook, who had a goal and an assist in the game, left the ice after blocking the shot, but returned for the second period and played 19 more shifts over the final two periods, playing nearly 22 minutes in all.
Quenneville didn't say who would take Seabrook's place alongside Duncan Keith on the Hawks' top defensive pairing, but he did say it was "not likely" that he'd break up the strong second pairing of Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson. That leaves Nick Leddy, Michal Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank as candidates.