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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawks put Patrick Kane on IR

By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane will miss the remainder of the regular season due to a lower-body injury, but he is expected to return for the start of the playoffs after being placed on long-term injured reserve Friday.

Kane suffered the injury when a player landed on his left leg during Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Blues. He will have to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. General manager Stan Bowman said Kane will sit out the team's remaining 12 regular-season games.

Patrick Kane
The Blackhawks put injured star Patrick Kane on long-term IR on Friday.

Kane leads the Blackhawks with 69 points (tied with Patrick Sharp after Friday night's win), and has 29 goals and 40 assists in 69 games. He hadn't missed a game due to injury since the 2010-11 season.

The Blackhawks will give a few of their top offensive prospects a chance in Kane's absence. Forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Jeremy Morin were recalled and joined the Blackhawks for the morning skate Friday at the United Center. Morin saw 12 shifts for 6:52 of ice time as the Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night, but Teravainen was scratched.

"It's been a very busy time for the organization the last few days here, starting with the injured Patrick, which was unfortunate, but thankfully it's nothing too serious," Bowman said Friday. "We're going to get him back and ready to go leading into the playoffs. Those things happen. I think sometimes it gives other guys an opportunity to step up and play."

The 19-year-old Teravainen, a 2012 first-round pick, is considered the Blackhawks' top prospect. He was recalled from Jokerit in Finland's Liiga on Friday. His Liiga season ended Sunday in the first round of the playoffs. He finished tied for sixth in the league with 44 points. He had nine goals and 35 assists in 49 games.

Teravainen also helped Finland win the gold at the World Junior Championship in January. He had 15 points in seven games.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expected Teravainen to be in the lineup Sunday or Tuesday.

"Certainly we saw what he can do in training camp with his skill set and what he can bring to our team and our organization as well," Quenneville said Friday. "I thought he made good progress this year. The games I saw in the world championships and reports we have from the Finnish league, it was a nice year for him as well. We'll see how it works out."

Morin, 22, was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. He has been one of the AHL's hottest players over the past two months, recording points in 15 of his past 16 games, with 13 goals and 10 assists during that span.

He has 24 goals and 23 assists in 47 games with the IceHogs this season. He also had one goal and four assists in 15 previous games (split over four stints) with the Blackhawks.

"We've seen him here this year," Quenneville said. "He's really made some progress in his game, especially when he was playing up here. He had some purpose to his game. I thought he had some good energy, physically involved. He really had some good pace. He's played well down there. He's had a real good stretch over some recent games."