Talk about a double whammy.
Oh, and the defending Stanley Cup champions are down 3-0 in their best-of-seven series. Only three teams in NHL history have come back from such a deficit, and while the Hawks haven't played their worst hockey over the first three games, they haven't shown enough to predict a historic series win.
"Big picture is there is no picture if we don't win tonight," Troy Brouwer said Tuesday morning. "So the big picture is tonight. We need to get rolling right away."
It won't be easy without Seabrook. Joel Quenneville intimated it would be John Scott's job to replace Seabrook in the lineup, which is like asking a Clydesdale to replace Secretariat in the Kentucky Derby.
Scott is good at getting in position, but the Canucks' speed could take him out of it quickly. The Hawks had other choices to replace Seabrook but none have been practicing with the team or have played in a game recently or even have been in the NHL this season.
The return of Dave Bolland to the lineup for the first time since March 9 should give the Hawks some needed inspiration considering the loss of Seabrook and the less than enthusiastic position the team finds itself in. Bolland wants to play and the Hawks are letting him.
"Watching him practice and watching him skate we think he's been ready to play for a while," Quenneville said Tuesday. "It's just a matter of getting him going and clearance to play. He feels really good about himself and can handle responsibility. He's going to get some as well."
Bolland didn't skate with his teammates Tuesday morning, which is an unusual move especially for a player who hasn't played in about six weeks. Quenneville said he was "getting ready for the game."
A debate whether to shut him down, instead of play, is sure to ensue, and if he gets banged up again it will only intensify. The bottom line is if the series were 2-1, no one would argue with him playing. And as long as there is life it's a team's responsibility to play the best lineup possible. If doctors have cleared him completely, he should play. After all, he's a Sedin killer.
"I don't know how much credit he got [last year], but if you look at our stats against Chicago it hasn't been that bad," Henrik Sedin said in refuting Bolland's reputation. "He's a good player but other than that it's the same matchup for us."
Marian Hossa spoke to the media for the first time in several days and knows he needs to be better.
"I think I'm in scoring areas but need to get there more often," he said. "If I don't get the puck I have to just take the puck myself to the net."
Hossa has zero points and is minus-3 through the first three games. He's been known to be a very particular player when it comes to hockey, from equipment to who he plays with. The latter has been inconsistent this season.
"Me personally, I like to play more with the same guys all the time, but because we're not winning the coach is trying to get something going," Hossa said. "It doesn't matter who you're playing with, they're still good players and you've got to find a way to produce."
Truer words haven't been spoken in the series yet.
Quenneville indicated Ryan Johnson and Bryan Bickell would return to the lineup after missing Game 3. With Bolland playing as well, but not skating Tuesday morning, it's unclear how the lines will look to start the Game 4. The Hawks skated Tuesday morning the way they did in Sunday's game but that's bound to change.
The other topic of discussion involves the decision to let Seabrook play after taking the hit from Torres. New concussion protocols say players have to go back to the dressing room for a "quiet period" and be assessed if suspected of a head injury. But the NHL has no in-game enforcement of the rule. It would be inappropriate to suggest due diligence isn't being done, but the fact remains Seabrook finished the game but is out of Game 4. Quenneville was asked if something changed after Seabrook said on Monday he was sore but feeling ok.
"I don't think we disclose everything [Monday]," he said. "Sore can mean a lot of things."
Despite the NHL backing him up, Raffi Torres hasn't spoken publicly since delivering the hit on Brent Seabrook in Game 3. Here's an exchange with teammate Tanner Glass on the subject when he mentioned Seabrook's head was down:
Question: Doesn't a player have to look down to receive the puck?
Tanner Glass: You're going to look down you're going to get hit.
Q: But does it have to be in the head?
TG: I don't think he hit him in the head.
Q: But he's out with a concussion so wouldn't that mean he did get hit in the head?
TG: Well your head can get hit or snapped back all the time on the ice. Like if you get hit in the chest your head is going go back and forth. And all this talk about head shots, your head is going to get knocked around. It's the nature of the human body.
Q: But Seabrook said the first point of contact was his head not somewhere else.
TG: I thought it was a good hit, unfortunately he got a concussion.