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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Brent Seabrook nearing return?

By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago Blackhawks will try to avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season when they take on the Anaheim Ducks Friday afternoon at the Honda Center. They're hopeful, once again, to get defenseman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup for the game.

Seabrook has missed the first four contests of the Hawks' six-game road trip with a left leg injury he suffered the day before the Hawks left Chicago.

"He's possible for Friday," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice on Thursday in Anaheim. "I know I said that the last couple games but we keep thinking we can get him in on this trip."

Seabrook practiced with his teammates on Tuesday but was unable to play in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks. He missed Thursday's practice as well. Quenneville called him a game-time decision for Friday.

The Hawks have dropped the last three games of the road trip after winning the opening contest in Vancouver. After getting outscored 14-4 in two games over the weekend in western Canada, the latest loss to San Jose was a moral victory of sorts.

"We're in the winning business from where we look at it," Quenneville said of that notion. "You play like that you'll find ways to win."

The Hawks held the Sharks to 21 shots on net, thirteen below their average.

"That's as good as we've played all year defensively," Quenneville continued. "That's the positive we want to talk about and go from there."

But with a 1-3 record on the road trip so far, the Hawks want results, not just moral victories.

"The previous two [games] were embarrassing," forward Daniel Carcillo said. "We all felt it and knew it. Something needed to change. Last [Wednesday] night we didn't get the win but we played a good hard road game so we're going to have to do that the next two games."

Dave Bolland missed practice on Thursday but will play against the Ducks. Corey Crawford starts in goal.

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPN 1000 and ESPNChicago.com.