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Brent Seabrook out again when Blackhawks host Stars

Brent Seabrook out again when Blackhawks host Stars

Brent Seabrook will miss his second consecutive game when the Blackhawks face the Dallas Stars on Sunday night at the United Center.

The defenseman returned to practice on Saturday, but coach Joel Quenneville wanted to see how Seabrook was feeling on Sunday morning before making the decision. While Seabrook is close, he’s not quite ready. He could be ready, however, for Tuesday night’s game against the New York Rangers.

“I hope so,” Seabrook said. “Yeah, talk to the doctors again tonight and go over that stuff and do what I need to do to get cleared, and hopefully I’m ready to roll in New York and try to get back in the lineup and help these guys out.”

Jonathan Toews (back) skated on Sunday morning. He was already ruled out for Sunday night’s game and hopes to join the Blackhawks for their trip to New York.

“Yeah I think so. I think it’s a possibility. I’m not ruling it out and not guaranteeing anything, but today felt pretty good,” Toews said. “It’s almost just putting pressure and just trying anything that I could out there to do those uncomfortable movements, and I’m feeling pretty good right now. Obviously, we’ll see how it goes (Sunday night) and (Monday).”

Quenneville said assistant coach Kevin Dineen, whose father Bill passed away on Saturday morning, will be behind the bench tonight.

The Stars are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon. According to the Dallas Morning News, Johnny Oduya (lower body) and Jiri Hudler (illness) could return to the lineup Sunday night. Patrick Sharp, however, remains out. The former Blackhawks forward has been battling concussion symptoms.

Catch all of Sunday's action from the United Center on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app starting at 6 p.m.

Blackhawks

Forward lines

Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov, Patrick Kane
Ryan Hartman, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa
Tyler Motte, Dennis Rasmussen, Richard Panik
Andrew Desjardins, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordin Tootoo

Defensive pairs

Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson
Brian Campbell and Trevor van Riemsdyk
Gustav Forsling and Michal Rozsival

Goaltender

Scott Darling

Injuries

Jonathan Toews (back), Brent Seabrook (upper body), Corey Crawford (appendix)

Stars

Forward lines

Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza
Antoine Roussel, Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie
​Lauri Korpikoski, Cody Eakin, Patrick Eaves
Curtis McKenzie, Devin Shore, Adam Cracknell

Defensive pairs

Esa Lindell and John Klingberg
Dan Hamhuis and Stephen Johns
Johnny Oduya and Jordie Benn

Goaltender

Antti Niemi

Injuries

Patrick Sharp (concussion), Mattias Janmark (knee), Ales Hemsky (hip)

NHL Draft Profile: F Brady Tkachuk

NHL Draft Profile: F Brady Tkachuk

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Brady Tkachuk

Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 196 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"I know Tkachuk isn't a center, but Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks) is another player who comes to mind with his combination of size, strength, skill and nastiness. Tkachuk has impressive hand skills and his upside has only begun because I think there's lots of maturity and growth to come. I've seen his speed and skating improve each of the past three years and I think he'll still get stronger and his balance will get better. His man strength will come and it'll be like, 'Oh boy, look out.'"

NHL player comparable: Matthew Tkachuk/Wayne Simmonds

Fit for Blackhawks:

If you're looking for a player that checks all the boxes in this year's draft, it's Tkachuk. And man could the Blackhawks use a player like him.

He's got offensive skill, willingly goes to the greasy areas, can provide net-front presence while playing a top-six role, and perhaps the most important part for the Blackhawks: he's very close to NHL ready. The Blackhawks will be patient with whoever they draft, but there's also some urgency to turn things around in 2018-19.

If they can draft a player like Tkachuk who can potentially jump into the lineup as early as this upcoming season, that would be ideal. Because he's the type of player that can make an impact, not just get by.

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

NHL Draft Profile: D Quinn Hughes

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Quinn Hughes

Position: Defenseman
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 170 pounds
Shoots: Left

Scouting report:

"He's got the puck skills, is a good skater, and is a guy with some high-end offensive talent. He wants to get right in there and play where it's hard and where you get rewarded. When he gets that puck on his stick, he wants to bury it."

NHL player comparable: Torey Krug/Kris Letang

Fit for Blackhawks:

It's no secret the Blackhawks are looking to restock their pipeline with some high-end defensemen. Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell are on the way. But the former isn't a lock to be a full-time NHLer this season and the latter will continue playing in college for the 2018-19 season.

Hughes, who shined at Michigan and the IIHF World Championship with Team USA, would have the best chance of the three to crack the Blackhawks lineup first. The problem is, he likely won't be available at No. 8, so if Hughes is the guy they're locked in on, they'd need to trade up to grab him. 

If they did that, Hughes would give the Blackhawks a third blue line prospect they can get excited about. He's a left-handed shot, which evens out the balance in the system, and he would become a prime candidate to eventually replace Duncan Keith as the team's No. 1 defenseman.