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Emilio Estevez (Gordon Bombay) tweets support for Ducks

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Emilio Estevez (Gordon Bombay) tweets support for Ducks

Emilio Estevez doesn't tweet often but he had an important message to send on Monday.

The famous actor who starred in The Mighty Ducks trilogy as Gordon Bombay, a youth hockey coach, tweeted his support for the Anaheim Ducks prior to their Game 5 matchup against the Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final.

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Mighty or not, Ducks still fly together. 

And while Estevez was quiet when the Blackhawks dramatically tied up the game late in third period, he broke his brief silence to troll Blackhawks fans after the Ducks won Game 5 in overtime.

Trash talk coming from the same guy who missed a penalty shot as a young Bombay that would have given the Hawks a 1973 Minnesota state championship.

If Brent Seabrook returns, where does he fit in Blackhawks' postseason lineup?

If Brent Seabrook returns, where does he fit in Blackhawks' postseason lineup?

According to a report from The Athletic on Saturday, Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is making a run at returning for the team's July 13 training camp and the NHL's 24-team playoff format beginning August 1.

At the start of the league's postseason, the Hawks are slated to take on the Edmonton Oilers in a best-of-5 play-in series. 

In taking on the league's top two leaders in points at the time of the NHL pause on March 11 (Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid), the Hawks will take all the help on D they can get.

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Seabrook certainly has the experience of playing against and trying to shut down the NHL's best players on big stages and in big series during the Chicago's long Cup runs.

If he's fully recovered from his right shoulder and left and right hip surgeries, he could be a lot more mobile as well. 

Where the veteran defenseman plugs into the lineup largely depends on how Calvin de Haan progresses.

de Haan, who underwent right shoulder surgery in December, joined the Blackhawks for small group skates and off-ice workouts on Thursday and is expected to be ready for camp too.

If all goes well for de Haan and he's available for the series, along with Seabrook, you could expect to see the two together as the Hawks' second pairing, where they logged time before their surgeries.

Rookie Adam Boqvist had been playing on the right of Duncan Keith for a while before the pause. Seabrook and Olli Maata didn't complement each other very well when paired together, but Seabrook and de Haan were a sound unit earlier in the season.

So here's how the D pairings could look against the Oilers:

Keith-Boqvist
de Haan-Seabrook
Maatta-Murphy

Youngster Lucas Carlsson could also be in on D with a strong showing leading up to the pause and Slater Koekkoek had some noticeable games on the Hawks' blue line as well this season. 

Percentage of NHL's COVID-19 positive test results remains steady

Percentage of NHL's COVID-19 positive test results remains steady

On Monday, the NHL provided the results from the latest COVID-19 tests it administered. 

In total, 396 players (slightly more than half the ones participating in NHL's 24-team playoff format) that have returned to practice or training facilities have been tested for COVID-19 through over 2,900 tests.

As of Monday, the total tests have resulted in 23 returning confirmed positive cases for the virus. 

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In the release, the NHL also stated that since Phase 2 began on June 8 the league is aware of 12 additional players testing positive outside of the Phase 2 protocol, who are said to be self-isolating and following CDC and Health Canada guidelines. 

The numbers showed a 5.8 percent infection rate out of the tests given both inside and outside of group practices, roughly the same as last week despite an additional 1,400-plus tests taken over the past week.