Unfortunately in every sport, injury is a part of the game. This is even true for the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Chicago watched as Patrick Kane left with an apparent leg injury after Brendan Morrow fell on it during a game against the St. Louis Blues.
After the game, Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told the media that Kane could miss about three weeks, which would put him in danger of missing the regular season. Kane is the leading scorer for Chicago this year, and is on the verge of breaking his career high in goals and points.
Chicago is getting ready to defend the Stanley Cup, and a 4-0 win over the Blues could be considered a statement win. The Blues are currently the best team in the NHL, and Chicago is sitting in the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. Chicago will probably make the playoffs and should begin the defense of their championship.
If Kane misses the rest of the season though, how bad will this affect them? Another question that needs to be asked is, what happens if he misses part of the playoffs? The playoffs are won with goaltending usually, but it does help if your team can put pucks in the back of the net, and that’s what Kane does for your offense.
Either way, the road to defending the Cup just got a little harder for the defending champions. Not only do they have to get in to the playoffs still, they need to figure out how to do it without their top scorer.