Sabres get Kane back.

November 09, 2016 - 7:17 am
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Evander Kane got hurt in the first game of the season, but he makes his return tonight against Ottawa.
 
Kane broke four ribs when he hit the back wall at full speed.
 
It’s possible Kane could just slide into the left wing spot on the Girgensons-Reinhart line because Tyler Ennis is out with a middle body injury. Dan Bylsma would not put a timetable on his return.
 
Bylsma also said Ryan O’Reilly is questionable for tonight with an undisclosed injury.
 
It seems like Kane might be back a little early. He said, “The doctors cleared me so I’m on pace for when I thought I would be back.”
 
When you’re recovering from broken ribs, it’s an injury that can linger. Kane has been fitted with special equipment that he’ll wear to protect the injury. He said, “It’s not feeling pretty good, but it’s well enough where I can play and contribute and I feel I can be a difference maker on the team.”
 
“I don’t think anything is really healed when any player comes back, but it’s healed enough where I can play. I’m sure there will be a little bit of pain throughout the course of the next couple of weeks, but it’s nothing that I haven’t dealt with before.”
 
Kane was in a lot of pain when he hit the boards. He said, “It didn’t feel good, I couldn’t breathe for about a good 20 seconds, so that was probably the most alarming part.”
 
Just over a week ago, legal charges against Kane were dropped. The winger said the legal process wasn’t something he was thinking about, “For me I haven’t really felt that anything has been hanging over my head outside of not being able to play hockey with my injury.”
 
It took just one loss in Boston to put the Sabres back into last place in the Atlantic Division. Going into that game the team was 13th overall in the NHL, now the Sabres are 18th.
 
Tonight will be Robin Lehner’s sixth straight start. In his previous five games the team has only scored eight goals for him.
 
Ryan O’Reilly has only one goal in nine games, Matt Moulson doesn’t have a goal in his last seven, Brian Gionta has one goal in 10 games, Zemgus Girgensons is goalless in nine games, Marcus Foligno has one goal in nine games and the seven defensemen have gone zero for the season.
 
Hudson Fasching returned to practice with the team for the first time. He had been skating in Buffalo with Kane while the team was on the road. Fasching said he’s very close to returning from a groin injury, but he doesn’t want to rush and then reinjure it.
 
Ottawa has lost two straight games after winning three in a row. The Sens have only scored three goals in their last three games. Captain Erik Karlsson has two of those goals.
 
Bobby Ryan has only one goal in eight games.
 
Derick Brassard was acquired to add some offensive punch and he hasn’t scored since opening night.
 
Join the Bulldog for the pregame at 6:30 from 716 when he’ll be joined by Dan Bylsma, Evander Kane and Derek Grant.  
 
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