From The Ice

Patrick Kane Cleared For Full Contact

Patrick Kane Cleared For Full Contact
Cat Silverman

It’s just under eight weeks since Patrick Kane left the ice with a broken clavicle, but he’s back — and ready for the post-season.

Per Nina Falcone of Comcast Chicago, Kane has been cleared for full contact and will be back on the ice with the team in time for their first game against the Nashville Predators. By returning to the lineup in time to begin the post-season, he recovered a full two weeks ahead of the estimated timetable — making the Blackhawks a more formidable team almost instantly.

There’s no confirmation as to where he’ll be slotted exactly in the lineup, but the two skaters most likely scratched to make room for Kane are Antoine Vermette and Joakim Nordstrom — and the controversy in deciding which one to keep in the lineup is likely a tough one. While Vermette has clearly struggled to perform well with Chicago since getting dealt at the deadline for a first round pick and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck, Nordstrom is both inexperienced and a bit unpredictable. The Blackhawks, in having to choose between the two forwards, are forced to decide between a reliable veteran two-way center who hasn’t been playing at his normal levels and a rookie with no playoff experience but better numbers this season overall.

Before going down on February 24th, Kane — who finished the season with only sixty-one games played — had twenty-seven goals and thirty-seven assists. It was believed that, had he and Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin not each gone down with injuries this spring, the Art Ross Trophy may have seen a player top ninety points on the year. At the pace he had been scoring, it’s possible that Kane could have even crested the century mark in scoring — although that would have largely depended on how he and the rest of his team had performed overall.

While he’s returning, though, there’s still no confirmation from the Nashville Predators that they’ll have either Mike Fisher or Cody Franson back by tomorrow. The first game of round one begins at 8:30P.M. in Nashville.

One Pingback/Trackback

From The Ice
Cat Silverman
@catacarryon

Catherine is the first American in a long line of Canadians, making her the black sheep before she even decided she wasn’t going to be a Leafs fan. Her cousins may never forgive her for the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, but they’re at least glad she’s a rink rat, too. She’s a pretty terrible goalie, but she’s got a good grasp on the game from her seat on the bench.

More in From The Ice

P.K. Subban may be forced to play too many minutes if the third pairing suffers.

P.K. Subban Ejected for Slashing Mark Stone (GIF)

Franklin SteeleApril 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 21 Islanders at Devils

Brock Nelson Opens Post-Season Scoring

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: NOV 15 Sharks at Blue Jackets

Joe Thornton Still Confronting Sharks Front Office

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 13 Oilers at Blue Jackets

Nail Yakupov Will Miss Worlds With Injury

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: FEB 01 Senators at Hurricanes

Ottawa Senators Add Mark Reeds Helmet Decal

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: MAR 19 Blue Jackets at Canucks

Eddie Lack Given First Start For Vancouver

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: OCT 15 Canucks at Flyers

Ron Hextall: “No Decision” on Craig Berube

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NHL: SEP 29 Preseason - Capitals at Bruins

Peter Chiarelli First Casualty of Poor Season in Boston

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015
NCAA HOCKEY: APR 11 Div I Men's National Championship - Providence v Boston University

Jon Gillies Inks Deal With Calgary Flames

Cat SilvermanApril 15, 2015

YOUR HOCKEY YOUR WAY, BE SEEN BE HEARD BE A SLAPSHOT FAN TODAY! PART OF THE FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK

Slapshot on Facebook

Slapshot On Twitter

Copyright © 2014 Today’s Slapshot, All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use/Privacy | Copyright | Site Map | About Us | Authors | Contact Us