“It’s up to the coaches and the medical staff,” Stempniak said. “Every day it’s been getting better but a lot of it depends on how it responds the next morning, make sure it doesn’t swell and make sure it feels good. I’ll wake up and re-assess tomorrow morning.”
It would require clearance from the team’s medical staff, however.
Stempniak has had a sneaky-good start to the season, scoring nine points in 10 games. Aaron Vickers of the Flames’ Web site points out that Calgary’s gone 2-5-0 since he’s been on the shelf.
The veteran forward is in a contract year, so he has plenty to gain in sustaining this hot start, even if that injury could make that challenging.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.