There's a good chance defenseman Brent Seabrook will return to action at some point during the California portion of the Blackhawks' circus trip.

Seabrook is expected to skate Tuesday in San Jose as he recovers from a leg injury suffered when he lost an edge against the Edmonton Oilers and fell skates-first into the boards last Sunday at the United Center.

Although the Hawks could definitely use Seabrook on the back end, they still feel like they have enough depth on defense to succeed without him. They won't use Seabrook's absence as an excuse for discouraging back-to-back losses against the Oilers and Calgary Flames.