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Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks lays on the ice after being cross-checked as members of the Blackhawks and Florida Panthers tussle after the hit at the United Center on February 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

ESPN analyst says Patrick Kane’s injury was blessing in disguise for Blackhawks

SHARE ESPN analyst says Patrick Kane’s injury was blessing in disguise for Blackhawks
SHARE ESPN analyst says Patrick Kane’s injury was blessing in disguise for Blackhawks

ESPN NHL reporter Pierre LeBrun is taking the Blackhawks to beat the Preds — and he likes the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup.

Why? Patrick Kane’s injury, for one.

Kane enjoyed some rare time off during his recovery from a clavicle injury, and as frustrating as that was for him, the team and Blackhawks fans, it gives Chicago a “fresh star” now that Kane is ready to play in the postseason, LeBrun said.

“You talked about the grind of the teams that have played a lot of hockey, and the Hawks are one of those teams,” LeBrun said during a preview of the Western Conference playoffs. “That’s why I think it’s a bit of a silver lining for Patrick Kane and his injury. As painful as it was, he got time off the ice. He comes back, when he finally does play, a fresh star.”

Kane hasn’t played since suffering the injury on Feb. 24. He was originally given a 12-week timetable to return but could be back for Game 1 against Nashville on Wednesday.

Watch the full ESPN preview of the Central Division playoffs:

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