Evander Kane will not be seen in a Winnipeg Jets jersey for at least a month, as the team announced he is out until the Olympic Break with an infection in his hand.
Kane originally sustained a laceration in his right hand during a fight with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer on January 7th. At the time, Kane missed 14 days with the hand injury, finally returning on January 21st when the Jets took on the Anaheim Ducks. Kane went on to score the game-winning goal, and has been an instrumental part of the Jets’ recent hot streak, with four points in the four games since his return.
Head Coach Paul Maurice broke the news in his press conference on Tuesday morning:
“[Kane's] going to be taken care of this afternoon, and he will not play prior to the Olympic break… It’s a real setback for our team and him… I liked the way he was coming along… We’re going to miss him”
Kane now has a bacterial infection in the same hand, caused by improper care of the wound. Kane should have had his hand taped well, or should not have returned to the Jets’ lineup so soon. Gloves are the #1 spreader of germs and bacteria as far as hockey equipment goes, so the news isn’t entirely shocking.
Kane will miss the Jets’ game against the Nashville Predators at home tonight, as well as the final five games the team plays before the Olympic stoppage on February 9. Kane was not named to Team USA’s roster, so the 19-day break between the Jets’ last game on February 8th vs the St. Louis Blues and their return on the 27th against the Phoenix Coyotes will be instrumental in his rehab process.
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