Evander Kane didn’t play on Monday due to a lower-body injury, but he was able to participate in Wednesday’s practice. The stage seemed to be set for him to play against the Chicago Blackhawks last night, but he didn’t.
Why he was held out of the contest is apparently a matter of debate. Kane feels he was a healthy scratch, but Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel disagrees.
“Players for the most part always believe they can play and you have to do the things that are intelligent,” Noel told the Winnipeg Free Press. “There’s been no change.”
The 22-year-old forward is in the second season of his six-year, $31.5 million deal. He hasn’t been living up to expectations in 2013-14 with six goals and nine points in 15 games and he had a minus-two rating in Winnipeg’s 5-1 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
The Jets suffered another big loss against the Blackhawks without him — this time by a score of 4-1. Winnipeg ranks last in the Central Division with a 6-9-2 record.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.