Seabrook rebounding from injury

seabrook2.jpgJust a few days after receiving a hit to the head that drew an 8-game suspension for former teammate James Wisniewski, it looks like Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook is starting to recover from possible concussion symptoms. Chris Kuc has the story.

“I worked out (Thursday night) and felt good and felt good enough to skate (Friday) and take the (concussion) test this morning,” Seabrook said. “I feel a lot better.

“(Thursday morning) I rode the bike and did a workout and didn’t feel comfortable and didn’t feel right and took the res tof the day off and just sort of relaxed and felt better (Thursday night). The symptoms have been going away pretty quickly. When you get hit in the head that you want to take as much rest as you can and just relax. Any exertion is going to build up headaches and make you feel not great.”

It looks like Seabrook is still “day-to-day” but hopefully his concussion was mild (a Grade I?) at worst. The one bright side of the situation seems to be that Dustin Byfuglien is flourishing since being placed back on defense. Here’s what the Chicago Tribune wrote about Byfuglien’s return to the blueline.

“I don’t want to make an official announcement about Byfuglien being a defenseman, but we really liked what we saw,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “He really looks comfortable back there. Him and ( Niklas Hjalmarsson) looked like they’re a nice pair. As a group, we’re thinking, let’s keep (Byfuglien) on ‘D’ and see how it goes.”

Byfuglien played 20 minutes, 56 seconds against the Kings and had a team-high six shots and five hits while adding an assist. The extra room along the blueline has allowed Byfuglien to unleash one of the Hawks’ most lethal weapons – his slap shot.

While it’s great that Chicago “re-discovered” a valuable defenseman, I’m sure that they are eagerly awaiting Seabrook’s return. Hopefully the young defenseman will be back in action soon.

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    Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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    In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

    For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

    Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

    Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

    They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

    Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

    Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


    Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

    The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

    To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

    Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

    Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

    McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: