Big update on Evander Kane ahead of Game 2 of SCF.
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Big update on Evander Kane ahead of Game 2 of SCF.

Concern surrounding Evander Kane on Monday morning after he was absent from the Oilers morning skate.

Jonathan Larivee

The Edmonton Oilers fan base was given a bit of a scare on Monday morning when it was reported that forward Evander Kane was not on the ice for the team's morning skate, with the Oilers running four lines without him.

In case you missed my earlier report, here is what the Oilers forward lines looked like earlier today:


No Kane in sight.

This led to rampant speculation that the physical Oilers forward may have been banged up in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Florida Panthers but, while that may yet prove to be true, it doesn't sound like it will have any impact on Kane's status for tonight's Game 2. Kane himself would speak to the media following the Oilers morning skate, and he stopped just shy of officially confirming that he would be on the ice tonight. That being said, his comments sure did make it sound like he has no intention of missing Game 2, or any other game in the Stanley Cup Final.

"I think I'm going to be playing tonight. It's the Stanley Cup Final so I think everybody's geared up and ready to play," said Kane on Monday.

It sounds like any concerns about Kane may have been premature with all signs pointing to him playing later tonight, but that will also mean that someone from the forward lines this morning will be on the sidelines. Although not yet official, National hockey League insider Elliotte Friedman reports that Corey Perry could be the odd man out this evening, with Sam Carrick potentially drawing into the lineup.