Maybe there was more to Patrick Kane’s Superman attire at the 2012 All-Star Game skills competition than met the eye.
According to CSN’s Pat Boyle, the 26-year-old Chicago Blackhawks star will be on the ice for Monday’s full-contact practice and, says Boyle, you can expect to see Kane on the ice for game one of Chicago’s first-round series against the Nashville Predators which kicks off Wednesday night.
Kane has been out of the Blackhawks lineup since Feb. 24 when he suffered a broken clavicle on an unfortunate play against the Florida Panthers. In his pursuit of the puck, Kane was pushed by Florida defenseman Alex Petrovic, lost his footing and went crashing into the boards.
Originally, Kane was expected to be out for at least 12 weeks, which would have made him available for the third round of the post-season had the Blackhawks made it that far. If he plays in Wednesday’s game, he will have missed a grand total of seven weeks.
The worry, however, would be that Kane is rushing back only to be targeted by the Predators’ checkers. If he gets banged around in the series, does it result in the injury worsening and the possibility that the Blackhawks are without Kane to start the next season?
Before going down with injury, Kane was pacing the league with 27 goals and 64 points in 61 games. Had he not been injured, there’s a possibility Kane would have taken home the Art Ross Trophy this season as the league’s leading scorer which eventually went to Jamie Benn, who notched 87 points in 82 games. In four games against the Predators, however, Kane mustered just one assist and ten shots.
Chicago and Nashville have not met in the post-season since 2009-10, when Kane scored one of the biggest goals in Blackhawks history, tying the series’ fifth game with 13.6 seconds remaining in the third period. Chicago went on to win the game in overtime and the series in six contests en route to a Stanley Cup victory.
In the six game series against Nashville in 2009-10, Kane registered four goals and seven points.