The Blackhawks have placed Patrick Kane, who reportedly suffered a clavicle injury Tuesday night, on long-term injured reserve. The Buffalo native will miss a minimum of 10 games or 24 days because of the LTIR designation, but the Blackhawks could be without their leading scorer for 10 weeks.
UPDATE: Blackhawks announce Kane will miss 12 weeks after surgery to repair left clavicle fracture.
Kane, who is tied for the NHL points lead with 64, had a chance to become the first American to win the league scoring race. The forward has 27 goals and 37 assists in 61 games.
Kane fell awkwardly into the boards after being cross-checked by Florida's Alex Petrovic.
Chicago is third in the Western Conference's Central Division, 12 points behind division-leading Nashville. The Blackhawks are nine points ahead of ninth-place Calgary in the playoff race.