Whether or not Brent Seabrook is in the lineup Sunday night is the pressing question. But the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman took another step toward that by joining his teammates for practice Saturday.

Seabrook, out for the last two games of the series with the Vancouver Canucks, returned to the United Center ice for the Hawks' pre-Game 6 workout Saturday.

"We hope he can play," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said after practice. "We'll know more (Sunday) but that's where we're at."

Asked if Seabrook was cleared to play, Quenneville replied: "We'll know more (Sunday)."

The stalwart defenseman had been idled for Games 4 and 5 after taking a shoulder-to-head hit from the Canucks' Raffi Torres in Game 3. Seabrook's presence Saturday is no guarantee he will play Sunday -- center Dave Bolland, coming back from a concussion, practiced with the Hawks multiple times before he was cleared to return to game action.

"I felt excited out there," Seabrook said after practice. "To get on the ice with the guys I had a lot of fun out there joking and laughing with (them)."

Seabrook wouldn't disclose whether he'll be in the lineup for Game 6, repeatedly saying "we'll see" when questioned. The veteran did comment on how difficult it was to miss the previous two games.

"It was really frustrating," Seabrook said. "I wanted to be out there with the guys. I was talking with them and asking for another chance to get in the lineup and they've done an unbelievable job. They've  played two great games. Hopefully (Sunday) is a better day for me and I can get back in there and help the guys out."

Winger Tomas Kopecky remains sidelined, though, not participating in practice Saturday.


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