Patrick Kane Is Cleared To Play

By Sean Fitzgerald

Feb 11, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the third period at the United Center. The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced that Patrick Kane has been cleared to play. He was given quote a “full go” at practice. Kane has not appeared in an NHL game since Febuary 24th. Kane has progressed an EXCEPTIONAL LEVEL. He will shatter the projected timetable for his return. The conservative estimate was 12 weeks. He will be back well before then.

Everyone now expects Kane to appear in Game one against Nashville. With Kane returning to the lineup the Blackhawks coaching staff has some line changes to consider. Kane will supplant one of the current top six forwards, he will also bump someone down. Joakim Nordstrom might be the odd man out of the Blackhawks lineup.

The big question for me would who centers the Kane line? Everyone knows that Kris Versteeg will be on the other wing. Brad Richards will more than likely be the choice because Antoine Vermette has not played with Kane at the NHL level. Even though Richards game went into the tank when Kane got hurt, Richards should be centering the second line to start the series. The line combinations that start the Nashville series will not the line combinations that finish the series that is for sure.

Kane hopefully will bring the Blackhawks the offensive spark they need to overtake the Nashville Predators.

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