Phone hearing for Seabrook's hit on Backes confirmed for Sunday

Chris Battaglia
Scott Rovak / USA Today

The NHL's department of player safety confirmed reports of a hearing for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook concerning his hit on St. Louis Blues captain David Backes.

The hearing will be over the phone, which carries a maximum suspension length of five games, meaning Seabrook will likely be available if the Blackhawks can overcome a 2-0 series deficit to the Blues and advance to the next round.