Evander Kane is set to return from an infected hand that has kept him out six games. When the Winnipeg Jets take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, they’ll have the talented but struggling forward back in their lineup for the first time since January 26.
He’s been forced to watch portions of Winnipeg’s rapid climb up the standings under new head coach Paul Maurice. Over the last 13 games, the Jets have compiled a 9-3-1 record since Claude Noel was let go. Now they’ll get Kane back for the foreseeable future—barring further injury.
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Maurice seems big on having guys play their way off of the IR in practices, but Kane is one of the most talented and electric forwards on Winnipeg’s roster. His 29 points in 42 games might leave a bit to be desired over the course of a season, but Winnipeg as a whole has taken to the new head coach’s system and style, and with a few consistent weeks of play under his belt, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kane take off.
The Jets are only two points behind the Dallas Stars for the final Wild Card seed in the Western Conference. A confident Kane gets them that much closer to cracking the playoff bubble for the first time since moving from Atlanta.
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