Kris Knoblauch shares update on Evander Kane ahead of Game 5.

Kris Knoblauch shares update on Evander Kane ahead of Game 5.

The Edmonton Oilers forward has been sidelined for two straight games, but will he appear in Game 5?

Jonathan Larivee

The Edmonton Oilers mounted a valiant effort in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final over the weekend and have prolonged their season for at least one more game. 

The Oilers will once again clash with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final and there are some questions about who will be in the Oilers lineup for that contest.

Notably absent from both Game 3 and Game 4 of this series has been Oilers forward Evander Kane, who has been dealing with a hernia since prior to the conclusion of the regular season. While some have suggested that Kane's season could be over, it looks as though the Oilers themselves expect that Kane's participation in Game 5 will at least be possible.

On Sunday, Oilers head coach Kris Knoblauch did confirm that Kane would be traveling with the team to Florida, although Knoblauch did also admit that a decision regarding Kane's status for that game would have to wait until just before puck drop.

"Yes," said Knoblauch when asked if Kane would travel with the team. "Evander is going with us and is a possibility. We will evaluate his health and make a decision then."

It has been obvious that Kane has been limited by the injury throughout the playoffs and it will likely also come down to a decision about how much he can contribute in his current condition. The Oilers got a lot of help from their supporting cast in Game 4, and it will be a tough call for Kris Knoblauch to sit one of those players in lieu of a significantly injured Evander Kane.

We likely won't know which way Knoblauch will lean until much closer to game time on Tuesday.