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NHL Today: Kane Holding Off On Red Wings Debut; Jets Player Calls Out Ex-Teammate



Good morning, my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Thursday, November 30, and here’s going on around the NHL today.

Kane Holding Off On Red Wings Debut:

Patrick Kane practiced for the first time as a member of the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday but didn’t play in their game against the New York Rangers.

Turns out, Kane says he won’t make his Detroit debut for another week to ten days as he gets up to speed after missing the first two months of the NHL season.

“With the way I feel, I feel like I could play tonight, but probably getting back into it, skating with the team a little bit, getting acclimated with the whole new situation and everything, and go from there,” Kane told reporters at Madison Square Garden. “Hopefully, it’s a week, 10 days, something like that.”

Whenever his debut does come, it will be intriguing to see what Kane can deliver to the Red Wings lineup, coming off of off-season hip surgery.

It may take a little while to get his legs up to speed, but Kane surely has the hockey sense to make up the difference.

Vegas Places Theodore On IR:

The Vegas Golden Knights have placed Shea Theodore on injured reserve after the defenseman underwent successful surgery for an upper-body injury.

Theodore is considered week-to-week while he recovers from the operation. Although NHL parameters place his earliest possible return on Dec. 2, Theodore will likely have to miss a more extended period of time.

Jets’ Vilardi Takes Aim At Ex-Teammate For Causing Injury:

Winnipeg Jets forward Gabriel Vilardi is nearing a return from injury and is calling out the player who caused it.

Facing his former team in the Los Angeles Kings, on Oct. 17, Vilardi was taken down at the knees by his ex-teammate, Blake Lizotte, resulting in a sprained MCL.

“I think it was kind of a play that doesn’t need to happen,” Vilardi told Winnipeg media. “I’ve played with [Lizotte] a lot. He’s done a lot of little things like that. You guys say it’s an awkward fall. It’s not an awkward fall. It’s someone pushing your feet out from the back. My knee gets caught under me, and then he tackles me. It’s that simple. I was pretty close to being gone for the rest of the season.”

Vialrdi is in his first year with the Jets after being acquired from the Kings in a trade for Pierre-Luc Dubois over the summer and has missed the team’s last 18 games.

The Jets next face the Kings on Dec. 13.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard:

Rangers: 3, Red Wings: 2

Canadiens: 4, Blue Jackets: 2

Capitals: 2, Kings: 1

Today’s Schedule:

All Times EST

New York Islanders vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7 p.m.

Seattle Kraken vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m.

Minnesota Wild vs. Nashville Predators, 8 p.m.

Buffalo Sabres vs. St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m.

Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Arizona Coyotes, 9 p.m.

Dallas Stars vs. Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.

Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks, 10 p.m.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m.

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