Kane to miss 'upwards' of three weeks

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Kane to miss 'upwards' of three weeks

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.

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After World Cup of Hockey, Patrick Kane joins Blackhawks at training camp

After World Cup of Hockey, Patrick Kane joins Blackhawks at training camp

Patrick Kane’s break from the ice lasted less than a week, his time in Toronto serving as a good preseason primer, of sorts.

And with the season about two weeks away, Kane said he’s about where he needs to be.

Kane and Michal Kempny joined the Blackhawks on Tuesday, two of several players beginning to trickle in from their World Cup of Hockey stints. For Kane, the World Cup didn’t go nearly as long as expected – Team USA was ousted in the preliminary round. But now, the focus is on honing things before the season begins.

“I feel pretty good,” Kane said following the second group’s practice on Tuesday. “I feel like everything’s starting to come around right now for sure. I guess, starting to feel kind of like myself again on the ice, so to speak. It’s good to be back in the locker room here with all the guys and back in a Blackhawks uniform, too. It’s always fun coming back. Feels like home, for sure.”

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Kane will not play Wednesday, when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins in their preseason opener. How many preseason games he does get is uncertain; but considering Kane’s time in World Cup of Hockey, the Blackhawks aren’t concerned with him getting rusty.

“He’s going to probably want to do it sooner than later, but I think we can be patient because he’s already been playing games,” assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “Usually the veteran players when you come into a normal camp, they want to play maybe two or three games to just get their timing. For him, he’s already played quite a few games. There’s no reason to get him in right away, so we’ll just kind of bring him along, especially this early into camp.”

Team USA had a dismal showing at World Cup of Hockey, losing all three games in the preliminary round. But Kane said he’s put that behind him.

“It was a situation, looking back on it now, where we lost to a good team in Europe – they’re in the championship now – and I think at that point there’s a lot of noise from the outside that maybe crept in to our locker room a little bit. We needed to beat Canada. You could say they probably outplayed us but we had chances I that game to keep ourselves in it and ended up losing that one and we were out. But you’re playing in the World Cup of Hockey, you’re playing for your country, it’s always an honor to play for the United States. I’ll always remember playing for my country and always want to do it if you get the opportunity.”

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  • Duncan Keith skated with the second group on Tuesday. The Blackhawks will continue to monitor him. “He’ll probably want to get maybe a couple of [preseason] games just for his timing, especially for a defenseman, too. Just so he’ll able to get his gap control and things like that. I imagine he’ll want to try and get some games, but we’ll just see how his knee’s come along and how he responds,” Kitchen said. “We don’t want to put him in a situation before we have to because it only is preseason. We’ll just have to monitor that.”
  • Scott Darling is scheduled to play the entire game vs. the Penguins tomorrow.