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Message received? Following healthy scratch, Brent Seabrook scores in return to Blackhawks lineup

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Message received? Following healthy scratch, Brent Seabrook scores in return to Blackhawks lineup

It was a weird sight to see Brent Seabrook sitting in a suite as a healthy scratch on Tuesday when the Blackhawks faced the Senators in Ottawa.

But things were back to normal for Seabrook on Wednesday when he returned to the lineup against the Minnesota Wild.

Despite a 2-1 loss at the United Center, Seabrook scored the Blackhawks' lone goal in the first period. It was his first goal since the first game of the season.

Message received?

Coach Joel Quenneville said making decisions like sitting the three-time Stanley Cup winner isn't an easy one, but Seabrook responded by getting on the scoresheet.

"Nice to see some production from the back end," Quenneville said.

Following a Blackhawks trade that sent forward Richard Panik to the Arizona Coyotes in a four-player deal, Quenneville opted to roll with seven defensemen on Wednesday. His thoughts after the game?

"I think we tried seven D a couple times," Quenneville said. "I don't know if it's the greatest thing for us."

The Blackhawks will be gaining a forward on Friday, however. It appears that Anthony Duclair — one of two players acquired in the trade — may be making his Blackhawks debut on Friday night against the Winnipeg Jets.

You can catch that game on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app.

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: