Patrick Kane Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Leg and Return

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Patrick Kane Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star's Leg and Return
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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):

Updates from Tuesday, April 8

Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has the latest on Patrick Kane's status:

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:

Updates from Thursday, April 3

Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has more on Kane's status:

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has the latest on Patrick Kane:

Updates from Friday, March 21

Scott Powers of ESPN has the latest on Kane:

Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times has more details on the move:

Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune has general manager Stan Bowman's statement on Kane:

Original Text

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane left Wednesday night's 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues and is expected to miss at least two weeks after suffering a left leg injury during the second period.

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:

ESPN's Scott Powers provides a more specific timeline:

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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