According to a report by Darren Gregor on TSN 1260, Evander Kane is listed as day-to-day with broken ribs but could easily go to week-to-week. This is another setback for the power forward who missed significant time earlier this season after a freaky wrist laceration when former Oiler Pat Maroon made contact with his skate blade. Kane did not travel with the Oilers on this short two-game road trip.
Broken ribs may take awhile to heal
Once upon a time I bruised my ribs and that was bad enough as I couldn’t breathe properly, sleeping was tough, heck even laughing was grimace-inducing and the only way to heal was to rest.
Broken ribs can take up to six weeks to heal however according to Dr. Grewal, NHL’ers usually miss four weeks and can play with injections. Even though Kane is a self proclaimed quick healer, he will more than likely will not be able to workout while his ribs heal—which could lead to more time out of the lineup as he gets his conditioning back after returning.
It appears that Kane was injured back on February 7 against the Detroit Red Wings and was listed day-to-day with an upper body injury.
Kane is injured during a critical time in the season
There is never a good time to break your ribs but to do it with 24 games and eight weeks left is quite unlucky. Kane was so close to returning to his power forward caliber form posting six points in the ten games since his return and even dropped the gloves with Brady Tkachuk on February 11 versus the Ottawa Senators.
Losing Kane again will be another blow to the top six and again will be difficult to replace. His advanced stats for this season are CF% 49.93, HDCF% 54.17, HDGF% 53.85 with 64 hits 5v5 in 24 games.
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