Brent Seabrook will be a healthy scratch when the Blackhawks take on the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday at the United Center. It's the second time in his NHL career that the three-time Stanley Cup champion will sit because of a coach's decision, with the first coming on Jan. 9, 2018, against Ottawa.
Head coach Jeremy Colliton said after the team's optional skate that Dennis Gilbert will draw into the lineup for Seabrook, who was on the ice for three of the four goals against in a 4-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
"We want to get Gilbert in," Colliton said. "And it’s a back-to-back, so it’s a good opportunity to give Seabs a rest and see what Gilbert has."
Seabrook has one goal and is averaging a career-low 17:39 of ice time through nine games this season. He's been on the ice for two goals for and six against at 5-on-5.
"He’s been fine," Colliton said. "He’s working hard and he’s trying to do the right things for us. I think he’s had some really good moments and just like the rest of our team, there’ve been times where we need more."
Asked how Seabrook took the news, Colliton said: "It is what it is. ... I don't think anyone’s OK with not playing."