The Winnipeg Jets are coming off of a strong six-game road trip that saw them take four of a possible six victories to the bank. Evander Kane hasn’t played since November 29 against the Philadelphia Flyers though, and it appears that he’ll miss his fourth consecutive game tonight with a lower-body injury.
Evander Kane remains listed as day-to-day and won’t play on Tuesday against the Blues. http://t.co/iSJyNoO8Kz
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Winnipeg will be forced to take on the St. Louis Blues without Kane, who has fallen all the way to eighth in team scoring. Since he’s been the shelf, Devin Setoguchi and Olli Jokinen have passed him while Mark Scheifele is nipping at his heels. The 2013-14 season has been one to forget so far for Kane, and he won’t have a chance to right the ship with the Blues coming to town this evening.
Sitting seven points outside of the playoffs and in 11th place in the Western Conference, a win against St. Louis would be timely and big for the Jets. Bryan Little spoke to Paul Friesen of The Winnipeg Sun and believes that the rock solid road trip brought the team closer together and helped them gear up for the big week ahead:
We have learned. But it’s kind of a matter of doing it. We know sometimes we can get a little ahead of ourselves after we win a couple and come into the next game and relax a bit, take it for granted. We know what the problem is.
After tonight’s contest against the Blues, Kane’s next chance to get into a contest will be Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.