As the Cubs and White Sox report to the Cactus League, Chicago sports fans are holding their breath after news broke that two of the city’s biggest stars will miss extended periods of time.
Sources confirmed this morning that Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane suffered an “upper body” injury in Tuesday night’s 3-2 shootout win over the Florida Panthers. The same source suggests Kane will miss six-to-ten weeks and it is widely expected to be “near the higher end.”
A forceful cross-check to the lower back by Panthers forward Alex Petrovic knocked Kane to the ice and drove him into the boards. Kane was slow to get up and gingerly skated over to the Blackhawks bench before departing immediately to the locker room.
“You get ticked off when the best player in the league gets hit like that,” Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg said. “I can’t totally comment because I didn’t fully see it. You never want to see that. People pay a lot of money to watch Patrick Kane play. It’s never good when he’s out of the lineup — not only for us, but for the league. Hopefully, he’s good. We’ll see how it goes.”
Seven-and-a-half weeks from today (April 11) the regular season concludes, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin the following week which means there’s a strong possibility that Kane will miss the first round.
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