Some good news for everyone except whoever the Chicago Blackhawks end up facing in the first round of the playoffs: Patrick Kane has been skating regularly for two weeks now and appears to be well ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery on a broken clavicle.
Mark Lazerus made an important distinction is his report for The Chicago Sun-Times, writing that Kane “…was in full equipment, and making hockey plays, not simply skating for the sake of conditioning.”
Kane was originally slated to miss upwards of 12 weeks, and while that timetable hasn’t officially been shifted, head coach Joel Quenneville sounded quite optimistic when discussing the injury with gathered media ahead of Monday’s showdown with the L.A. Kings.
Scott Powers captured the following comments for ESPN Chicago:
You watch him today, he does everything you want him to do, or he wants to do, so I guess now we’ll just listen. I would feel he would be ready to go as soon as he gets [medical] clearance. So that’s what we’re waiting for. I think there’s been excellent progress, so it could be good news, but we’ll see.
The ‘Hawks have played well without their best offensive forward, going 9-4-1 since Kane went down on February 24. Still, Chicago is clearly a more dangerous postseason team with the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the lineup. Jonathan Toews has spoken about trying to provide more offense with No. 88 on the shelf, but the top-nine forward group really starts to look dangerous once you insert Kane back onto the roster.
We’ll keep you updated on Kane’s health as more information becomes available.
April 1 Update
Kane took part in Chicago’s practice this morning while wearing a non-contact sweater.
Patrick Kane vs. Corey Crawford. #Blackhawks https://t.co/z7xi1aJaDo
— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) April 1, 2015
While this bodes well for his recovery, the he is still insisting that he’s not ahead of the initial 12-week timeline. (h/t to Mark Lazerus of The Chicago Sun-Times for this video)