Kane to miss 'upwards' of three weeks

Kane to miss 'upwards' of three weeks
December 7, 2010, 6:29 pm
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Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
Posted 12:30 PM Updated 1:14 PM
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Patrick Kanes injury didnt look good when it occurred just 23 seconds into Sundays game. The prognosis isnt great, but it could have been worse.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday morning that Kane will be out upwards of three weeks with what appeared to be a left ankle injury sustained against the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Were hoping thats the maximum, Quenneville said of the three weeks. He added that theyll obviously take what time is needed to get Kane back healthy.

I think any injury you have to know when theyre ready to go. When part of the bodys ailing, you dont want to compromise yourself or the team and make it worse. You always give it the necessary time. Thats where were at, be it with him or Marian Hossa or whoever.

Now with Kane, Hossa (lower body) and Fernando Pisani (upper body) sidelined, obviously the Blackhawks have some adjusting to do.

They had only three forward lines rolling at Tuesdays practice. Jack Skille was on right wing with Viktor Stalberg and Jonathan Toews, Dave Bolland was still centering Bryan Bickell and Troy Brouwer, and Tomas Kopecky and Patrick Sharp were with Jake Dowell.

To fill voids the Blackhawks will be making some call-ups from the Rockford IceHogs; Jeremy Morin, who worked with Kopecky and Sharp the last three games, could be one of those.

As for the other injuries, Quenneville said Pisani could be back on the ice in the next three days and Hossa could be back toward the end of the week.

The Blackhawks are going to have to make do for a bit, and take advantage of their home schedule. They talked about getting back to simple hockey at home, much like the game theyve played -- and won with -- on the road. Now, considering the amount of start talent sidelined, they have to.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.