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.
Brent Seabrook is indeed a healthy scratch tonight. He said Q didn't offer specifics why. "I've just got to be better," he told me.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 9, 2018
Brent Seabrook: "I want to get back to being more consistent. I think I’ve had good stretches and bad stretches."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 9, 2018
Brent Seabrook: "It’s tough. I've just got to stay focused, and when I get a chance to be back in the lineup, I’ve go tot be ready to go."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 9, 2018
I asked Brent Seabrook if a rotation could be beneficial for the veteran players: "I don't think I need rest."— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) January 9, 2018
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.