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Jets’ Kane to miss next six games with hand infection

Jan 28, 2014, 1:03 PM EDT

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 25, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Devils 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

The red-hot Winnipeg Jets suffered a big blow on Tuesday, as head coach Paul Maurice announced Evander Kane would be held out until after the Olympic break with a hand infection.

Kane, who recently returned from a four-game absence after slicing his hand while fighting Tampa’s Eric Brewer, has played well of late. He notched 1G-1A in his first game back — a 3-2 win over the Ducks, handing Anaheim its first regulation loss at home this season — then proceeded to register assists in a 5-4 OT win over Toronto and a 3-1 win over Chicago.

According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Kane’s hand “ballooned up” on Monday night and was being treated today.

The Jets, winners in six of their last seven, have six more contests remaining until the Olympic break — a pair of home dates against Nashville and Vancouver, followed by a four-game road swing through Montreal, Carolina, Washington and St. Louis.

As such, losing Kane for such a significant amount of time is huge. Winnipeg has turned its season around under Maurice and is making a playoff push, currently sitting just seven points behind Minnesota for the eighth and final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

Kane sits third on the Jets in goals, with 15, and is the only forward on the club averaging more than 20 minutes per night.

Related: Hand injury won’t keep Jets’ Kane from fighting: ‘It’s a good part of the game’

  1. stepanup - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    “Just 7 points” in a league where every other game is a three-point game. There’s two sides to that, it’s hard to completely fall out of the competition if you have long mediocre stretches like the Capitals, but it’s also incredibly hard to make up ground late in the season while everyone makes sure they get the loser point.

    *Starts to bang the drum for a three point system to reward a ROW*
    -3 points for a Reg/OT win, encourages winning. The waterfowl point (Ducks, Pens)
    -2 points for a shootout win, still better than losing (for the Sharks and to keep the Maple Leafs, Isles, and Caps competitive)
    -1 point for an OT/shootout loss. Hey, at least you got there. (All eyes on you, New Jersey and Carolina)
    -0 points, losing in Regulation. The Buffalo Sabres point.

    Apply this system to the Metro (slow day at work) and behind the Pens you have the Rangers at 84, the Caps fall all the way down to just 69 points, with the Canes/Jackets/Philly between 76-80. Sounds more fair than the current clutser____.

    Also, I realize the Jets aren’t elite, but they at least deserve to have their name capitalized in the last paragraph, right?

  2. stepanup - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Imagine this scenario. Last day of the regular season. There’s a tie for 7th and 8th and 90 points. The 9th and 10th place teams both have one game remaining and are two points out (88). Can you imagine the fire those players would play with knowing that a regulation/OT win would guarantee you a playoff spot and save you a potential tiebreak? The drama……..

    • shortsxit34 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      In 2010 the last playoff spot came down to the last game of the season with the Flyers and Rangers facing each other.

      Flyers won…in a shootout.

  3. djshnooks - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Shows how much you pay attention…80% of Buffalo’s point come from overtime. Lol.

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