Patrick Kane Out For Up To Three Weeks After Sunday Injury

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane To Be Out Three Weeks With Injury

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane, who missed only three games during his first three NHL seasons, will now be out for “at least” three weeks, according to coach Joel Quenneville, quoted at Chicago Breaking Sports.

The injury, suffered in the first period of Sunday’s 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames, is to Kane’s left leg. Coach Q said he “hopes” that’s all the time Kane will miss, but also did use the words “upwards of three weeks” to describe the injury. Sounds fairly serious, and worse than the one Marian Hossa has now suffered twice in the first third of this season.

Jeremy Morin, who has been riding the Rockford-Chicago shuttle all season, is expected to be recalled for Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Since Hossa and Fernando Pisani are also out, it’s possible there may be more than one recall for tomorrow night; other possible players to come from Rockford include Ryan Potulny, Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri and Evan Brophey.

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Blackhawks' Patrick Kane Could Miss Only A Few Games, Or 'Weeks', With Injury

The Blackhawks have been hurt by injuries this year — Brian Campbell and Dave Bolland have both missed time, and Marian Hossa, who is still out but may return soon, has been out twice with lower-body injuries.

But the injury Sunday to winger Patrick Kane, one of the top players in the NHL, could be more serious. The Sun-Times’ Adam Jahns reports that some sources say Kane could be out for “weeks” while others say it may not be that serious and “could have been worse,” although “worse” could mean anything from a worse sprain to a broken bone — who really knows?

We are likely to learn later today more details from coach Joel Quenneville and the Hawks’ brass. If Kane is out for an extended period of time, someone will likely be called up from Rockford to replace him on the roster — Blackhawks management really likes what they’ve seen from Jeremy Morin so far this year, so it probably will be him again, although it could also be Ryan Potulny, Ben Smith, Brandon Pirri or Evan Brophey, all of whom have spent quite a bit of time shuttling back and forth between the Ice Hogs and the ice at the United Center this season.

Whoever it is, he’ll take Kane’s roster spot, but the Hawks will miss Kane’s leadership and goal-scoring abilities. The Blackhawks’ next game is Wednesday night at the United Center against the Dallas Stars.

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BLACKHAWKS ANALYSIS: Victory Tempered By Injury To Patrick Kane

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had virtually no impact on last night’s 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames — he left the ice after one 23-second shift with an apparent injury to his left leg. He did not return, and, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, coach Joel Quenneville says that Kane will miss “a little bit” of time, not specifying how much.

The Hawks were able to win last night because they took advantage of power play opportunities, something they couldn’t do on Friday night against Vancouver. Dave Bolland scored a pair of power play goals. A cautionary tale, however, can be told in that the Flames also scored twice on the power play. The Hawks penalty-killers will have to do a better job for winning to become more consistent.

As has been the case in many recent years in the NHL, there is a scrum of teams near the top of the league. No one is dominant — yet. Fully half of the league’s 30 teams — 15 of them — have between 30 and 38 points, essentially between four games of each other, with about one-third of the season completed. That will make victory totals and playoff positioning even more important for home-ice advantage, so the Hawks need to start making that home ice what it was last year. They’re still under .500 at home at 7-8. On the other hand, their 8-4-2 road record is among the best in the league.

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Dave Bolland's Two Power Play Goals Lead Blackhawks To 4-2 Win

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Dave Bolland tallied twice with the man advantage as Chicago notched four power-play goals en route to a 4-2 victory over Calgary at United Center.

Jonathan Toews posted a goal and one assist for the Blackhawks, who have won four of their last five without the services of Patrick Kane, who left early in the contest with an apparent left leg injury.

Bryan Bickell also tallied and Brent Seabrook clocked in with three helpers to back 24 saves by Corey Crawford.

Jarome Iginla and Anton Babchuk each netted a power-play goal for the Flames, who have dropped three of five and have not posted consecutive wins since late October.

Miikka Kiprusoff took the loss after allowing three goals on 31 shots.

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Chicago Blackhawks Vs. Calgary Flames: Let's Try Corey Crawford Again

Friday night against the Vancouver Canucks, Marty Turco started in goal for the Blackhawks for the first time in ten days. He didn't do too badly -- giving up three goals -- but the Canucks' Roberto Luongo was unconscious, making 32 saves and shutting out the Hawks, the first time in over a year they'd been shut out.

Nevertheless, it appears coach Joel Quenneville has in mind making Corey Crawford the No. 1 goalie. Crawford has won his last five starts and he'll be in goal again tonight when the Hawks meet the Calgary Flames at the United Center.

Word is that the injured Marian Hossa and Fernando Pisani are making progress coming back from their injuries, though they won't play tonight. Both could be back sooner than expected, although Hossa is likely to miss another week or so.

The Flames have won three of their last five and beat up on the Blackhawks when they met in Calgary on Nov. 19, 7-2, so the Hawks will be out for revenge.

Tonight's game begins at 6 p.m. CST and will be televised on WGN (Chicago only).

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