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Evander Kane might be scratched tonight

Apr 5, 2014, 1:21 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 27: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets looks on during a break in play against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on March 27, 2014 in San Jose, California. Getty Images

Jets coach Paul Maurice wouldn’t reveal Winnipeg’s lines for tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it looks like Evander Kane will be scratched.

That’s based off the fact that Kane stayed on the ice after the Jets’ morning skate was over and the vast majority of his teammates had made their way to the locker room. In addition to that being typical of a player that will be scratched, it is unusual for Kane in particular to skate that long, according to the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.

Making Kane’s potential absence all the more glaring is how Maurice chose to explain his decision to start goaltender Ondrej Pavelec tonight.

“Whenever possible you put your best lineup in there,” Maurice said, per PHT’s Joe Yerdon. “They deserve it. The Toronto Maple Leafs deserve it and so do the other teams.”

The 22-year-old forward is in the second season of a six-year, $31.5 million contract, but he has just 17 goals and 39 points in 60 games this season.

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  1. mthor24 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Season has been marred with injuries and he’s put on a line with guys like Halischuk and O’dell because he can create on his own. He also is probably the hardest worker on the team night in night out and always shows up to compete.

    Not sure why he is potentially being scratched tonight, he’s been playing well recently.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      Sometimes it is a message to the rest of the team. Kane may be a sacrificial lamb in this instance.

  2. stcrowe - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    I don’t see very many Jets games, but I wonder if Kane just needs to find the right linemates to produce like he (hopefully) can. Jokinen and Burmistrov didn’t seem to motivate him much from what I saw. I understand he plays on a line with Schiefele now. Schiefele is a playmaker, so he might help.

    • davemeisner - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Burmistrov and Kane were actually really good together. There’s always hope Burmi will come back now that Noel is out.

    • hennessey1200hp - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      Sounds like Mike Yeo #mnwild is making the Jets lineup

  3. bbascom05 - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    He needs to play with Little, Ladd or Wheeler

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