I’ll bet you’re already excited about that, Chicago Blackhawks fans. Patrick Kane is back!
… Kind of.
Kane, who was wearing a knee brace but practicing, won’t be playing in the next three games. He will, however, play in the playoffs. This is undeniably huge for Hawks fans. The team hasn’t quite been the same since his injury and his presence will be needed. Still, the news is good for Blackhawks fans.
Despite winning three straight games, the Hawks were struggling without him for the three games before that. They’ve certainly been successful, but not as much as they were with Kane. With him back in the lineup, the Hawks’ already potent offense will be killer once again. Even better, it’s possible he could have the likes of either Jeremy Morin or Joakim Nordstrom centering his line.
Of course, it’s not going to happen just yet. Kane is certainly on schedule, but head coach Joel Quenneville won’t rush him — or the also-injured Jonathan Toews — back into the line-up.
“I think everybody’s at a different timeline as far as getting themselves ready to play,” Quenneville told the media. He also said that when it came to both Kane and Toews, they’ll be at 100 percent once they’re ready to play and Quenneville puts them back on the ice.
That’s the best part. Yes, losing a very important player for weeks is a big problem. But, the Hawks can thank the Hockey Gods that Kane and Toews were only out for a short time. The two had been exhausted and now the hidden benefits of their injuries can be shown. With a fresh Kane, the Hawks should be dangerous, as they always are.