Updates from Thursday, April 17
Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest has the latest on Patrick Kane:
Updates from Monday, April 14
Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times provides an image of Patrick Kane skating:
Updates from Wednesday, April 9
The Blackhawks' official Twitter feed has the latest updates on Patrick Kane:
Kane later spoke about the injury (via Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times):
Patrick Kane said he feels good, and expects to be 100 percent for playoffs. Not worried much about timing or his knee brace. #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 9, 2014
Patrick Kane on his injury and rest: "It’s something you never want to happen, but you try to think of it in a positive way." #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 9, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has the latest on Patrick Kane's status:
Patrick Kane could rejoin the #Blackhawks for practices as early as tomorrow's morning skate.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 8, 2014
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune passed along a picture of Kane at practice:
Updates from Friday, April 4
Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Kuc has an update on Kane's status:
#Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane skated in Chicago today. Coach Joel Quenneville said it was "very positive."— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) April 4, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 3
Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has more on Kane's status:
Patrick Kane could be skating as soon as tomorrow, Quenneville said. #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 3, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 2
Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has the latest on Patrick Kane:
Patrick Kane expected to be skating again in the next couple of days, according to Joel Quenneville. #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 2, 2014
Updates from Friday, March 21
Scott Powers of ESPN has the latest on Kane:
The Blackhawks recalled Teuvo Teravainen and Jeremy Morin and placed Patrick Kane on the long-term IR.— Scott Powers (@ESPNChiPowers) March 21, 2014
Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has more details on the move:
By going on long-term IR, Patrick Kane is out for the rest of the regular season. He is eligible to return for the playoffs. #Blackhawks— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) March 21, 2014
Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune has general manager Stan Bowman's statement on Kane:
#Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman calls Patrick Kane's injury "nothing too serious." Will be back for playoffs.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 21, 2014
Kane suffered the injury when when teammate Sheldon Brookbank checked Blues winger Brendan Morrow against the boards, sending Morrow into the Blackhawks star's lower body. In obvious pain as he skated off the ice, Kane exited the game and was immediately checked on by trainers.
Though the injury was not initially considered serious, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune cited the NBC broadcast as saying Kane would be out at least two weeks:
Blues' Brendan Morrow fell on Patrick Kane's left ankle after being checked by #Blackhawks' Peter Regin.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 20, 2014
NBC reporting #Blackhawks' Patrick Kane will be sidelined two weeks.— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) March 20, 2014
ESPN's Scott Powers provides a more specific timeline:
Kane will be out for about three weeks, Quenneville says.— Scott Powers (@ESPNChiPowers) March 20, 2014
Kane's ultimate prognosis is unknown at this time, as is the full nature of his injury. Based on his reaction on the ice, it seemed like he was struggling with his shin and ankle area.
No matter what part of his leg is injured, the Blackhawks must hope that Kane's injury is only for the initially reported two weeks. Chicago was only 5-4-1 in its last 10 games, a streak that's dropped it all the way to fourth place in the Western Conference. Considered a favorite for a Stanley Cup run this year, the team's inertia at the deadline made every player's role all the more critical.
The Blackhawks aren't in danger of missing the playoffs entirely, but Kane's injury could cause rhythm issues heading into the playoffs. A two-week absence would bring Kane back for an April 3 tilt against the Minnesota Wild, giving him only six games to get back into shape.
Kane, 25, leads Chicago with 68 points and is tied with fellow winger Patrick Sharp with 29 goals. The first overall pick of the 2007 draft, Kane has played an integral role in the franchise's Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2010. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy for playoff MVP last season and was an Olympic representative for the United States for the Sochi Games.
Given the depth of the Western Conference, the Blackhawks have to hope Kane is able to tough it out and get back on the ice soon. Recent history says all you have to do is get into the Stanley Cup playoffs to have a chance, but Chicago can't go into April reworking its line rotations to integrate Kane again.
Ben Smith or Marian Hossa will likely move into the first line with Sharp and Jonathan Toews with Kane out, depending on what Joel Quenneville feels is his best alignment.
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