Evander Kane was a man on the move Monday night, shuffling out of Buffalo to San Jose after getting traded to the Sharks and eventually landing in the Bay Area at midnight.
His ride to a hotel? None other than injured Sharks star Joe Thornton.
Kane gets no time to rest. The Sharks host Edmonton tonight to open a six-game homestand and Kane will be at left wing on the top line with captain Joe Pavelski at center and Joonas Donskoi at right wing.
"My approach tonight? Well, I’ve been a healthy scratch the last two games, so just trying to get the legs going a little bit,” Kane told San Jose reporters, referring to the Sabres' two weekend contests that he was forced to sit out to avoid injury. “Get the hands going and just do what I do best and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”
"We’re going to play him," said coach Peter DeBoer, who indicated Kane could slide on to the No. 1 power play unit. "He’s going to play as much as he can handle and as much as he does to help us win.”
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The Sharks certainly could use Kane's help offensively. Their power play is in an 0-for-20 slump and they scored just seven goals on a 1-2-1 road trip that ended with three straight losses. Tonight's game is the opener of a six-game homestand. San Jose is second in the Pacific Division but just one point ahead of Anaheim.
"It’s just nice to play some meaningful hockey,” Kane said. “Every game is very important, every point is very important. I’m looking forward to tonight and moving forward here, playing some playoff-style hockey down the stretch to be able to get into the playoffs.”