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Kane set up two goals in Wednesday's Game 1 win over Nashville. It was his first game since Feb. 24 after suffering a broken clavicle.

And with the healthy return of Kane, the Blackhawks are now an early front-runner to go all the way in a quest for their third Stanley Cup in six years. Kane recovered from his injury in seven weeks -- five weeks earlier than the initial 12-week prognosis -- so look for him to continue scoring with regularity as this series marches on.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 6 days ago

Kane (clavicle) is in line to play Wednesday against the Preds, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Kane, who was cleared for full participation Monday, is thus slated to suit up for the Hawks on Wednesday for the first time since Feb. 24, when he suffered a broken left clavicle. Prior to sustaining the injury, Kane had recorded 64 points in 61 games for the Hawks.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 1 week ago

Kane (upper body) was cleared for full participation by the Blackhawks' team physician.

Kane appeared to be trending toward a return for Game 1 of the Blackhawks' first-round matchup with the Predators after taking part in full-contact practice Monday, and the positive report from the doctor only adds further optimism about his status. The winger remains listed on the Blackhawks' long-term injured reserve list, but that appears to be only a formality at this point. Given his participation in line rushes and on the top power-play unit at Monday's practice, Kane looks healthy and ready for activation ahead of Wednesday's postseason opener. It's quite the improbable development after the broken clavicle was initially expected to sideline him through late May.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 1 week ago

Coach Joel Quenneville indicaed Monday that Kane (upper body) could play in Game 1 against the Predators if he completes another practice successfully Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reports.

Kane was cleared for contact Monday, taking a major step forward in his recovery. While his status for Game 1 remains up in the air at this point, it should be update following Tuesday's practice. He's expected to join the team at some point during the series, but a Game 1 return could be a huge morale and personnel boost for the Blackhawks early.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 1 week ago

Kane (upper body) was cleared for contact Monday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

While that is a major step forward for Kane, who practiced Monday without wearing a non-contact jersey, at this stage the forward is unsure of his status for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Preds.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 1 week ago

Kane (upper body) was on the ice for Monday's practice, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Of particular note is that Kane was not sporting a non-contact jersey, so it appears as though he'll absorb contact at Monday's practice, which represents a positive indicator with regard to his status as Wednesday's playoff opener against the Preds approaches.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 1 week ago

Kane (upper body) is expected to be cleared for full contact for Monday practice and is probable for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs first round on Wednesday, Pat Boyle of CSN Chicago reports.

Kane had been absorbing some contact in practice over the weekend, but this has been the most optimistic of the reports for his return. It seems the original timeline that had Kane returning from a broken clavicle in May (about the Stanley Cup conference finals) might have been on the conservative side. It still would be a surprise to see Kane on the ice for Game 1, but Boyle is pretty tuned into the Blackhawks. Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville had been indicating recently that Kane was ahead of schedule in terms of his recovery period.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 1 week ago

Kane (upper body) was able to absorb some contact over the weekend, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

While Lazerus suggests that Kane may be nearing a return, he speculates that a potential "Game 3-ish" return is a more likely scenario for the forward than the Hawks' playoff opener Wednesday against the Preds. Look for some added clarity with regard to Kane's playing status as soon as Monday's practice.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 2 weeks ago

Kane (upper body) was attempting slap shots during Tuesday's practice, a sign he's taken another step forward in the recovery process, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Kane had previously been limited to firing off wrist shots during practices, but the fact that he was taking one-timers during Tuesday's session suggests he's progressed further from the broken clavicle. At this point, the question isn't whether or not Kane will beat the 12-week recovery timetable initially outlined for him Feb. 24; it's how much sooner than the 12 weeks he'll be ready to go. Kane's next barrier to cross will be taking part in full-contact practice, which could come as soon as April 13. A return in the first or second round of the postseason may yet be feasible.

Patrick Kane RW CHI 2 weeks ago

Coach Joel Quenneville acknowledged Sunday that Kane (upper body) could make his return to the lineup during the first round of the playoffs, Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune reports. "Tough to say," Quenneville said, regarding a potential first-round return for Kane. "Medical clearance is the hurdle...that's where it's at."

The club line had previously been that Kane remains on a 12-week recovery timetable, which would prevent the star winger from playing until mid-to-late May, or the third round of the playoffs. However, after Kane was able to resume skating with the team last week and participated in Sunday's morning session, it appears Quenneville has softened his stance on the matter. Kane can't be activated from long-term during the remainder of the regular season due to salary-cap restrictions, but if he continues to show improved condition over the next few days, the 25-year-old will generate more optimism that he might be able to make an early postseason return.