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Brent Seabrook a healthy scratch for Blackhawks' tilt with Senators

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Brent Seabrook a healthy scratch for Blackhawks' tilt with Senators

Brent Seabrook won't be playing Tuesday night when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators.

The veteran defenseman is a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game, per Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times.

While Seabrook, who wears an "A" for the Blackhawks, played a crucial role on three Stanley Cup teams, his production has dipped dramatically recently. Halfway through the 2017-18 campaign, he has just 11 points. His previous career low in a full season is 24, which happened more than a decade ago.

Fans have been quick to criticize the 32-year-old — who's under contract through the 2023-24 season — during a campaign in which the Blackhawks are currently on the outside looking in of the Western Conference playoff picture. Though it appears the reality of his performance is no secret to him, as he told Lazerus that he needs to be better.

Seabrook has just one goal on the season. It came in the season-opening win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. He's tallied just six assists since the end of October.

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like:

A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

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A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

It's not often you see NHL-ready players stay all four years of college, but that's exactly what Dylan Sikura did because of his desire to help Northeastern win a championship and also complete school.

It fueled a little speculation among the fanbase about whether Sikura would actually sign with the Blackhawks after his season ended, probably because it happened to them before when Kevin Hayes, their 24th overall pick in 2010, decided to test the market after college in 2014.

But the Blackhawks were confident all along that Sikura would ink an entry-level deal once his career at Northeastern ended and he did.

In a web documentary released on Friday, the Blackhawks provided a behind-the-scenes look at Sikura's journey from college to the NHL, reaffirming that internal belief from the beginning.

It's well-done, and covers a lot of ground in 11 minutes and 38 seconds, ranging from following him around to class, practices and games, taking us inside the Blackhawks' pro scout mid-season meetings and Sikura's arrival at O'Hare Airport and leading up to his NHL debut on March 29.

Check it out here: