Thankfully defenseman Brent Seabrook returned to practice Saturday. He says he felt good and has no lingering symptoms of the concussion he suffered during game 3.
He will still after to pass a concussion test on Sunday before the game in order to play.
Should he play? I have heard this question far too often the past few days as the Hawks have come back to win two straight after trailing 3 games to none. My follow up question has been, can you really blame Seabrook for the Hawks losing? During those first three games he was probably the best blueliner Coach Q had since Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell had their heads up their respective asses.
Since Brent has been out both Keith and Soupy have stepped up there play and the Hawks have played much more physical with John Scott in the lineup. But really people actually say no, don't mess up a good thing.
How stupid are you? Brent Seabrook is the most physical defenseman the Hawks have. He is an all around player unlike John Scott. Don't get me wrong I have been a big fan of Big John Scott but Seabs is a huge upgrade. Just because Seabrook might return doesn't mean Scott can't switch to the 4th line and still bring his style of play.
Dave Bolland is back but Johnson and Kruger are still playing.
My lines for tomorrow:
Kane Toews Stalberg
Hossa Sharp Smith
Bickell Bolland Brouwer
Frolik Johnson Scott
My guess is Vancouver has some idea on how to slow down this Hawks lineup after they have scored 12 goals in the last two besides Roberto standing on his head. So I would expect Q to pull out all the stops and go with some old classics. Trust me with the game on the line I expect to see a whole lot of Toews Sharp and Kane as the Hawks fight for their lives to force a game 7.
Let's hope the Easter Bunny brings us a Hawks win in our baskets.