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Edmonton Oilers forward not physically able to sit on bench due to injury


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Matt Garland
June 10, 2024  (3:32 PM)
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Evander Kane celebrates a goal with Zach Hyman
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The battle to win the Stanley Cup is a grueling two month endeavor that takes everything from the players and coaches. With the Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers reaching the Stanley Cup Final, you would be hard pressed to find anyone playing at 100%.

It is normal for players to elect to skip the morning skate, especially this time of year when resting the body is an absolute necessity. The hockey pundits started up the rumor mill on Oilers forward Evander Kane's availability for Game 2 after he missed the morning skate.
The 32 year old, is clearly playing with an ailment but confirmed that he will be in Edmonton's lineup for Game 2.
«I think I'm going to be playing tonight,» Kane told a scrum of reporters. «It's the Stanley Cup Final, so I think everybody's geared up and ready to play.

«There's lots of guys going through different things. I'm excited about tonight's game and responding from Game 1.»

Through the first eleven games, Kane had seven points, since the injuries have started to pile up, Kane has been far less effective. The power forward only has one point in his last eight games.
Journalist for Sportsnet, Mark Spector revealed that one source is telling him that Kane very seldomly sat on the bench during Game 1. Whatever the injury aligning him, sitting doesn't work.
Kane's effectiveness is no doubt tied to his injury. You have to wonder when his ability to play starts to hinder the team in a negative way. Everyone wants to be in the lineup this time of year to help the team win but when your play begins to negativley effect the team, it may be time to be shut down for a game or two.
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