NASHVILLE - Brent Seabrook, a mainstay in the Blackhawks lineup for the past 14 seasons and an integral part of three Stanley Cup championships, has found himself in a unique situation: A healthy scratch.
For the second consecutive game, the veteran defenseman will not be in the lineup when the Blackhawks face the Predators on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
The Blackhawks will field the same group that defeated the Kings 5-1 on Sunday night, meaning Seabrook will not play as Dennis Gilbert takes the ice.
"It's not fun sitting out," said Seabrook, who is averaging 17 minutes, 39 seconds of ice time this season and carries a plus-minus rating of minus-5 while scoring one goal.
"I think I've been playing good," Seabrook said. "I've obviously been on for some goals against and tough situations, but I feel like I'm skating better, I feel like I've got a lot to offer this team."
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Coach Jeremy Colliton also believes Seabrook will play a big role this season but has decided to go in a different direction while trying to right the ship from a 2-5-2 start. That led to the benching of Seabrook, one of the most respected teammates and leaders in the dressing room.
"I've known 'Seabs' since I was 10 years old, so obviously there''s a relationship there," Colliton said. "But, if anything, you just re-emphasize he's part of this group and we care about him a lot and he's going to help us win. We're doing what we can for the team.
"We feel (Seabrook) can help us win," Colliton added. "He's going to get an opportunity. There have been other guys who have sat out and come in and been really good so he'll get that chance too."
This is not the first time Seabrook has been a healthy scratch, but in the past it was under the premise of being rested. When asked about that during a session with the media following the Blackhawks' morning skate, Seabrook said, "I don't think I need rest-I think I feel great.
"I'm 34," he continued. "You guys seem to want to write articles about my age and my speed. I feel like I still got a lot to offer in this league and still be a good player for somebody. I'm just going to try and do my thing out here … (and) just try to work hard and get back in the lineup when I can-if I can-and just try and be a good teammate."