The Blackhawks will not play either captain Jonathan Toews or Brent Seabrook on Saturday night against Nashville, according to the team. Both are listed as having “upper body injuries” after hits in Wednesday’s game against Vancouver.
One roster move was made on Saturday morning to accomodate the two scratches. Center Jake Dowell was recalled from Rockford. Newcomer Andrew Ebbett or Tomas Kopecky could both play center on Saturday to fill Toews’ spot, and Dowell, 24, could see ice time as well.
To cover for Seabrook, the Hawks will benefit from getting Jordan Hendry his first ice time of the season on Wednesday, as he will now have to dress with Brent Sopel. Sopel was a healthy scratch on Wednesday.