Dec 16, 12:38 a.m – Kane will return to the Jets lineup tonight after missing the last six games with a lower-body injury. “I’m back in and ready to go,” Kane said. He is expected to skate on a like with Mark Scheifele and Michael Frolik when the Jets take on the Blue Jackets tonight. Kane has seven goals and seven assists in 26 games.
Dec. 7, 11:32 a.m – After skating yesterday, Evander was not on the ice this morning and won’t play versus Tampa Bay. It will be the third consecutive contest that he will have missed. The Jets next contest is not until Tuesday, so he could be available.
Dec. 6, 3:00 p.m – Kane skated this morning but still sounds doubtful for Saturday’s game versus the Lightning.
Dec. 5, 1:25 p.m – Late to update the article, but the news was posted this morning that Evander Kane will miss his second straight game tonight. As Ken Wiebe reports, head coach Claude Noel says Kane remains day-to-day.
#KaneWatch continues as it appears he is in danger of missing a second straight game when the Jets face the Panthers tomorrow. He will have to skate on Thursday morning if he is going to dress, so we will update his status tomorrow.
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Evander Kane did not skate on this morning and is out tonight confirmed by Jets’ head coach Claude Noel.
Kane has not skated for consecutive days after suffering a lower-body injury on Friday vs. the Flyers. After a fairly strong start to the season where Kane posted six goals and three assists in the first 12 games, he has recorded just one goal and four assists in the last 14 games. The speedy winger was on pace for 29 goals and 57 points if the shortened season had been 82 games, this season he is on pace for a paltry 22 goals and 44 points.
Kane certainly possesses the skills to be an elite NHL goal-scorer as he showed in 2011-12 when he scored 30 goals at just 20-years-old. His regression this season has hurt fantasy teams. He was drafted around the 4th or 5th rounds this year, so 14 points in 26 games just is not going to cut it… Hopefully when he returns to the lineup, he will rediscover that scoring touch he’s shown us in years past and even in early October. At this point he is a solid buy-low candidate. Fantasy owners are likely frustrated with his lack of production and immaturity off the ice and might want to dump him for less than he is actually worth.
With Kane sidelined, Chris Thorburn will slide from the fourth line to the second line with Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Noel said that Kane is day-to-day, so consider him questionable for Thursday vs. Florida.