Jets close to getting Evander Kane back

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NEW YORK – The Winnipeg Jets are this close to getting one of their big guns back.

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NEW YORK – The Winnipeg Jets are this close to getting one of their big guns back.

Evander Kane was cleared to practice fully Wednesday at the Prudential Center in Newark and could be back in the lineup for Thursday’s matchup with the New Jersey Devils.

“It felt good,” said Kane. “Every day it’s felt better and better. I feel I’m pretty close, if not there, and we’ll see what the doctors have to say. I think I could play tomorrow but, unfortunately, it’s not up to me. We’ll see what happens, what the docs say and hopefully we get some good news and I’ll be able to play.

Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press Evander Kane was back on the ice with his teammates for the first time this morning during practice after being injured in a game on Oct. 9 against the Arizona Coyotes.

“If not, hopefully it’s the next game.”

Kane played only three shifts of the Jets first game against Arizona back on Oct. 9th before colliding with Mark Scheifele while straddling the blueline and attempting to stay onside. He recently returned to the ice to resume skating and donned the non-contact practice jersey for a few days before returning to work today.

His return could be critical to providing more pop to an attack that has been struggling to score this season, but which has rattled off two straight wins.

“We’ll see how he comes in tomorrow,” said coach Paul Maurice. “He’s back on the ice, but we’re not 100 per cent sure… we should have a pretty good feel by (Thursday) morning. Evander feels good. He’s on the ice, he’s strong… it’s just a matter of him getting cleared to play. I have no issues with his conditions or his work level. We tested him yesterday and he’s still in better shape than 90 per cent of the guys in the league.

“When he gets that clearance, we’ll sit down and have a chat and see if he feels he’s ready to go and if he is… I guess with Evander we can list him as day to day now. He’s been on the ice enough. He’s an unusual athlete because he’s so fit and his recovery time now is fantastic. We’re not worried about fatigue slowing him down. With him, if he feels he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go.”

Meanwhile, defenceman Zach Bogosian – who missed Tuesday’s win over the New York Islanders – was also back practising on Wednesday. He is listed as day to day.

“It felt good to be back on the ice,” said Bogosian. “I’ll just take it day by day and see where we’re at (Thursday) morning. I hope (to be able to play against the Devils), but like I said it’s day by day.”

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

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