SAN JOSE, Calif. — With some pressure to respond after two tough losses in Edmonton and Calgary, the Blackhawks are inching closer to full strength.
Defenseman Brent Seabrook (leg) and winger Michael Frolik (shoulder) took part in practice Tuesday at H.P. Pavilion, where the Hawks will face the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. Coach Joel Quenneville said he’ll know after Wednesday’s morning skate whether they will play.
It was a good sign for Seabrook, who was injured last Sunday when he fell awkwardly into the boards against the Oilers at the United Center. He had only been skating on his own before that. Seabrook didn’t seem to favor either leg at practice, only sitting out 2-on-2 battle drills in the corners.
Looking back at the injury, Seabrook said, “I thought it was a stinger, charley horse-type thing.” But it turned out to be a little more than that.
“I’m feeling good,” Seabrook said. “It’s tough to sit out anytime. I hate it. I’m probably the worst. The trainers all probably want to kill me. They’re working to get me back on the ice, so they can stop dealing with me, I think. It’s tough to sit out and tough to watch your team play and feel like you can be out there and kind of help out.”
Frolik injured his shoulder when he crashed hard into the boards against the rival Canucks in the first game of the Hawks’ six-game road trip. He took part in the morning skate Friday in Calgary, but sat out against the Flames and a day later against the Oilers. Frolik called himself a “game-time decision” for Wednesday.
“When we did the battling stuff [at practice], it bothered me still a little bit,” Frolik said. “But we’ll see [Wednesday].”