Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is expected to return from leg injury at the start of the playoffs and has been placed on long-term injured reserve Friday.
Kane was injured when a player landed on his left leg Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Kane will sit out the team’s remaining 12 regular-season games.
“We’re going to get him back and ready to go leading into the playoffs,” said Bowman.
Kane has 69 points with 29 goals and 40 assists in 69 games, which is highest for the team along with Patrick Sharp’s. He hadn’t missed a game due to injury since the 2010-11 season.
Forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Jeremy Morin were recalled for duty in Kane’s absence.
They joined the Blackhawks for the morning skate Friday at the United Center.
Morin saw 12 shifts for 6:52 of ice time Friday night as the Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes, but Teravainen was scratched.