Brent Seabrook stood in front of his dressing-room stall and answered every question thrown his way — except the one about his reduced playing time.

“I don’t really want to talk about that,” the Blackhawks defenseman said after practice Friday at the United Center. Asked later if the series has been a struggle for him, Seabrook merely replied, “Yep,” and stepped away from his locker.

Seabrook averaged 21 minutes, 59 seconds of ice time during the regular season but was on the ice for 17:07 and 12:03 in the last two games against the Red Wings. His defensive partner, Nick Leddy, saw only 8:38 of ice time during the Wings’ 2-0 victory in Game 4 on Thursday after averaging 17:25 in the regular season.

Coach Joel Quenneville at first said playing time among the defenseman was determined by matchups. When pressed, Quenneville said it was also performance-based.

“Usually it’s a reflection of your performance and your contribution,” Quenneville said. “Sometimes your minutes are higher in games and stretches of games. We want to make sure everyone has confidence and ... (the) importance to the team is to get everybody going.”

Said Leddy: “Obviously, I want to be out there. I’ve got to keep focusing on the game and when I’m out there make the best of it.”

It’s possible Quenneville will reshuffle the defensive pairings for Game 5 to balance ice time.