The Winnipeg Jets aren’t ruling Evander Kane out for tonight’s contest against the New York Rangers, but they aren’t saying that he’s good to go either. Kane didn’t skate for the second consecutive day on Sunday, this on the heels of leaving Friday’s game with a lower-body injury.
The forward left after taking a check from Braydon Coburn of the Philadelphia Flyers. He tried to take one shift following the hit, skated for 52 seconds and then left the game all together.
Despite not having been out on the ice over the last two days, head coach Claude Noel wouldn’t count Kane out definitely. He spoke to Tim Campbell of The Winnipeg Free Press and gave a quick update on Kane:
We’ll see how he’s feeling tomorrow, but questionable.
The 22-year-old forward eats up massive amounts of ice time for Winnipeg and is among the team’s leading scorers. His 14 points in 26 games leaves a little to be desired, but he’s managed seven goals in the time span.
Kane missed two games in November with a lower-body injury, and the Jets can only hope that his return goes a bit more smoothly this time around. On November 6 Kane declared himself ready to play against the Chicago Blackhawks, but the team felt differently and scratched him.
Like all things Jets in Winnipeg, this causes a major stir that took several days to settle down. Trade rumors erupted following the miscue and there still seems to be some tension between player and club.