BUFFALO, N.Y. — Evander Kane’s fresh start with the Buffalo Sabres has been sidetracked by an injury to his left knee.
The hard-hitting, top-line forward will miss approximately four to six weeks, coach Dan Bylsma announced after practice on Monday.
Without revealing the exact nature of the injury, Bylsma said Kane won’t require surgery after hurting his medial collateral ligament.
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Kane was hurt in the third period of a 4-3 loss to New Jersey on Saturday. He was chasing down a puck in the right corner, when he was checked by defenseman David Schlemko. Kane’s left knee was exposed and pinned to the boards by the knee-on-knee collision.
Kane had difficulty applying any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the ice after being treated by trainers.
"Yeah, it could’ve been a lot worse," Bylsma said. "But I don’t know if I sighed in relief when told it was four to six weeks."