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Kane Out For Red Wings Road Trip

Kane injured in Toronto game



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Red Wings forward Patrick Kane will miss the remainder of the team's road trip.

The Detroit Red Wings will be facing two of the toughest opponents in the Eastern Conference on the road without one of their best players.

George Richards of Florida Hockey Now is reporting that Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde was confirming this morning that Patrick Kane won’t be playing in either of the remaining two games on Detroit’s East Coast road swing. The Red Wings play Wednesday at the Florida Panthers and Friday at the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kane is suffering from a lower-body injury. However, the team did confirm that his injury is in no way related to the hip resurfacing surgery that Kane underwent last summer.

“Lower-body injury, not related to his hip,” Lalonde told the Red Wings Twitter site. “He’s not going to be available for this trip.”

Lalonde suggested that they should have a better idea of the extent of Kane’s absence from the team by this weekend. Detroit is playing at home Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“When we get back to Detroit we’ll have a better feel,” Lalonde said. “Probably have an update after the trip.”

Kane Hurt In Toronto

Kane was suffering his injury early on during Sunday’s 4-2 win at Toronto. He would play one minute and seven seconds in the first period before his lower-body injury was forcing him out of the game. He took a hit from forward Pontus Holmberg at 3:21 of the first period and then a short time later went tumbling into the boards while checking Holmberg at Detroit’s goalmouth.

The Red Wings signed Kane on Nov. 29, and he has made the Red Wings offense more dangerous. He had a goal and an assist Saturday in a win against the Los Angeles Kings. He has 16 points in 19 games, including five multi-point games. Kane is displaying impressive chemistry working in tandem with Alex DeBrincat. This duo were also linemates when they were together with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Detroit players have learned to count on Kane’s stickhandling ability to bring the puck into the offensive zone. He has been a catalyst on the power play. Losing him for any long-term scenario would be a significant loss