Around the halfway point of the third period on Saturday, Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane was hit awkwardly into the boards by David Schlemko of the New Jersey Devils. Kane went down after the hit, clearly in a lot of pain and grasping at his knee.
He did not return to the game after he was helped off the ice.
You can see the hit in the video below.
Following the game, coach Dan Bylsma didn’t have an update on Kane’s status and said he didn’t want to speculate about it.
It’d be a blow for the team to lose Kane for any significant amount of time and would deprive fans of Kane for a second season in a row, right in the heart of when the former 30-goal scorer should be in his prime.
Coach Bylsma says he doesn't have an update on Evander Kane yet; doesn't want to speculate.
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) October 25, 2015
Kane has a goal and two assists through seven games this season.
— Evander Kane (@evanderkane_9) October 25, 2015
Video courtesy of NHL.com.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.