Jets' Kane sidelined again as hand injury flares up
A hand injury has flared up again for Winnipeg Jets star forward Evander Kane, who will now be out of the lineup until after the Olympic break.
Kane, 22, injured his hand during a fight with Eric Brewer in a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 7.
Earlier this month, the left winger was placed on the injured reserve list. He returned Jan. 21 and scored four points in four games.
Head coach Paul Maurice said Kane's hand has become infected and that Chris Thorburn will now play with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler when the Jets face off against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night at the MTS Centre (7 p.m. CT).
Wheeler missed the morning's practice but Maurice said he was feeling under the weather and will play tonight.
Also not expected to return until after the Olympic break is Jim Slater, who is recovering from a hernia.
The NHL has suspended play between Feb. 9 and Feb. 25 to allow players to represent their home countries at the winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Kane's injury means the earliest he will play will be Feb 27 against the Phoenix Coyotes.