Exactly the news the Chicago Blackhawks
wanted to hear: Defenseman Brent Seabrook
doesn't have a concussion and will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins
The sighs of relief probably could be heard all the way back to the United Center.
The Blackhawks (21-8-4) received a major scare Sunday when the Flames' Rene Bourque
drove Seabrook in the boards head-first during the first period of Chicago's 4-2 victory. Seabrook appeared to be unconscious for a few moments, but he insisted on Tuesday that he was aware throughout of what was occurring.
"I remember the whole thing," Seabrook said. "I got hit and I heard Bourque say right away he was sorry. I couldn't get up, so I put my head down and everybody seemed to think I was knocked out. I'm good to go."
Coach Joel Quenneville
said Seabrook checked out fine and will not be held out of game action, saying it was "an easy call" -- even though Seabrook has had multiple concussions in the past.
Seabrook did not return to the Calgary game because the doctor checking him for concussion-like symptoms could not tell from the game video whether he was unconscious.
"Obviously, it feels good that all it was a scare," Seabrook said. "I felt good yesterday, felt good the day before, I feel fine."
Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo
(upper-body injury) did not make the trip to Pittsburgh, but Quenneville is optimistic he will be ready to play Wednesday at home against Montreal -- the team's final game before Christmas.
Forward Patrick Kane
likes going against teams such as the Penguins that the Blackhawks see only occasionally.
"It's always fun to play Eastern Conference teams, usually they (play) up and down, fast, and we like playing in that kind of game," Kane said.
The teams possess some of the NHL's top star power, except that the biggest headliner -- Sidney Crosby
-- will miss a fifth consecutive game with concussion-like symptoms. Crosby has played only two games against Chicago during his career.
"I've been here five years and I've never played him in the NHL, only in the Olympics," Kane said. "We haven't seen him, but hopefully he's doing better."
Here is the Blackhawks' projected lineup for their only matchup against the Penguins (18-11-4) this season. Pittsburgh won the Stanley Cup in 2009, while Chicago won it the following season.
- Jonathan Toews
- Patrick Kane
- Marcus Kruger
- Marian Hossa
- Dave Bolland
- Michael Frolik
- Jamal Mayers
- Andrew Brunette
- Brent Seabrook
- Niklas Hjalmarsson
- Steve Montador
(9-1-2) will make his seventh consecutive start in net -- he has won his last five -- but Quenneville said Corey Crawford
(12-7-2) is expected to start Wednesday.