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Oilers coach Knoblauch reveals if Evander Kane will play again in Cup Final


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Liam McCormick
June 17, 2024  (12:14)
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Evander Kane with the Edmonton Oilers
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Evander Kane has missed the last two games of the Cup Final, but despite not practicing today, Coach Knoblauch says he will play again this series.

Question: «What are the chances Evander Kane plays again in this series?»

Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch: «It's good.»

Kane has played through the entire postseason with a sports hernia, and likely more injuries sustained along the way. It's been a commendable effort to see him push through pain to play, but Knoblauch recently said they just need a healthier body in the lineup. Seeing now that Knoblauch is signalling he will play again suggests he will be back for Game 5.
»That's most of the conversations we're having with our medical staff, our doctor . . . We take that information and then we think about if he's running at 75 percent, do we have another guy who's 100 percent? And then we make those decisions.»
- Coach Knoblauch

With only one assist in his last 9 playoff games, Kane wasn't able to perform at the level that's expected from him. Hopefully when he is able to return, he can get back to the scoring power forward he can be - with the added element of being hungry to be in the lineup.
The Oilers will face their toughest task yet in Game 5, with the Panthers having an opportunity to lift the Stanley Cup on home ice. If the Oilers can pull off their best effort of the year and get a win to take the series back to Alberta, what looked like a sure sweep may begin to look very different. Every time the Oilers have lost three in a row this year, they've followed it up with a streak of four wins. Can they do it again to win the Stanley Cup?
Source: Daniel Nugent Bowman
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