Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane
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Kris Knoblauch Scratches Evander Kane Following Embarrassing Performance

Published March 24, 2024 at 5:19 PM

The Edmonton Oilers suffered a disappointing loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, prompting a surprising move which was just announced by head coach Kris Knoblauch. It looks like veteran forward Evander Kane will be scratched from the lineup for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Evander Kane will not play today (maintenance day according to Kris Knoblauch).
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According to Oilers insider Bob Stauffer, Kane's absence was described as a "maintenance day" by coach Kris Knoblauch, suggesting it's routine rest as the playoffs approach. However, there may be more to the story.

Reports indicate Kane was involved in a heated argument with teammate Leon Draisaitl during the loss to the Leafs, adding to speculation about his dissatisfaction with his role and ice time.

Draisaitl and Kane. 👀

Kane joined the Oilers amidst controversy, but has largely stayed out of trouble in Edmonton. However, with other players like Corey Perry getting more playing time, tensions may be rising.

The Oilers' lineup in their upcoming game against the Winnipeg Jets will provide insight into the situation. Resting Kane, who has played 67 games this season, could be a strategic move as they aim to secure second place in the Pacific Division before the playoffs.
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Kris Knoblauch Scratches Evander Kane Following Embarrassing Performance

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