Author: James O'Brien

Blackhawks tease good injury news for Kane


Patrick Kane might return from his broken clavicle far earlier than expected, but note that nothing is official.

(Yeah, chances are we just got Chicago Blackhawks hopes up anyway right there. Sorry about that.)

Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville didn’t outright say that Kane is ahead of schedule, but it was hard not to read some serious optimism in his comments to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“There’s been some excellent progress,” Quenneville said. “It could be good news. We’ll see.”

The original outlook had the 26-year-old’s absence pegged until about halfway through May, but perhaps it will be quite a bit shorter. He’s now five weeks into his rehab, spending quite a few days skating (including some time in full equipment).

Quenneville said it ultimately comes down to getting the doctor’s OK.

“You watch him today, he does everything you’d want him to do, or that he wants to do,” Quenneville said. “So I guess now we’ll just listen [for him to be] medically cleared. I would feel he’d be ready to go soon as he gets clearance. That’s what we’re waiting for.”

There are about two weeks remaining in the regular season, so there’s plenty of time for good news to come (or not). Naturally, the Blackhawks still have some work to do without Kane, including tonight’s NBCSN contest vs. the Los Angeles Kings.


For what it’s worth, Quenneville said he expected the timetable to remain the same just a few days ago.

Video: Brent Burns on tattoos, missing teeth … and dragons


San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is probably entertaining enough to get his own documentary, if not his own reality TV show.

For the time being, hockey fans have to settle for smaller snippets of insight about a blueliner who looks like a caveman and eats pizza during post-game interviews. Jeremy Roenick sat down with Burns to discuss his missing teeth, the history behind his tattoos and more:

No pizza talk though, disappointingly.

Ducks punch their playoff ticket, too


With a 3-2 win against the struggling New York Islanders, the Anaheim Ducks became the third team to secure a spot in the 2015 postseason.

You could probably put an appropriate letter for “division-winner” next to Anaheim’s name in the standings, too, as they have a 13-point lead on the Vancouver Canucks for the Pacific’s top spot (although Vancouver does hold three games in hand).

Either way, things look great for Anaheim right now. The Ducks now have one more standings point on the Nashville Predators. While the Predators have a game in hand and the New York Rangers hold three games in hand (if Ducks fans are looking at the NHL standings rather than the rest), the bottom line is that life is generally good for Anaheim.

In other clinching news, the Nashville Predators made it official, the Montreal Canadiens still need to play their game and the Tampa Bay Lightning will need to try again next time.