The Detroit Red Wings have decided to be cautious with Patrick Kane (lower body injury) and not play him until after the team’s eight-day break.
Coach Derek Lalonde said he doesn’t expect Kane to play Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators. The Red Wings don’t play again until Feb. 10 at home against the Vancouver Canucks.
“I feel pretty good…but I don’t think I’m playing tomorrow,” Kane said Tuesday after practice. “Should be good to go after the break.”
This will be the seventh game Kane will miss since being injured Jan. 14 in a road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Detroit is 4-2 in Kane’s absence.
“(It’s) nothing with the (surgically-repaired) hip, which is good,” Kane said. “The hip feels really good, to be honest with you. At the same time, it’s frustrating when the hip is feeling good and it’s something else that comes up. But you try to find the positives in every situation. It gives me a few weeks to let everything settle down. I played 19 games in a pretty short amount of time. Get some rest and should be good to go after that. I don’t see any reason I wouldn’t be able to come back after the break.”
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Kane’s arrival has helped the Red Wings with their puck possession, their ability to enter the offensive zone cleanly and distributing the puck on the power play. He has 16 points in 19 games.
“The frustrating thing about the timing of the injury — he was starting to take some ownership of the group, involved in some leadership meetings, a little more vocal during the games, a lot more comfortable,” Lalonde said. “Absolute pro. His demeanor, his approach have been great, could be very valuable for the group. Excited to get him back after the break.
“Ville Husso didn’t practice Tuesday because of illness. Lalonde said Alex Lyon will start against Ottawa and Reimer will be his backup. Defenseman Ben Chiarot will also be out until after the break.
“Ville is under the weather a little bit,” Lalonde said. “This time of year, flu bug has kind of been in and out of the room, which I’m sure is teams throughout the league. Sent him home today.”