Is Evander Kane injured? HC Kris Knoblauch hints at Oilers star's availability ahead of Game 5

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Evander Kane's potential return for Game 5 against Panthers

The Edmonton Oilers avoided elimination with an 8-1 win at home on Saturday in Evander Kane's absence. The Oilers are still behind the Panthers 3-1 in the series.

One recent update concerning Kane has been positive for the team. Kane will travel with the team to Sunrise, and there is a chance that he might play in Tuesday's Game 5.

Evander Kane has been dealing with a sports hernia. This is why he missed Games 3 and 4 and played just 10 minutes in Game 2. Kane has contributed four goals and four assists in 20 playoff games this season.

Edmonton head coach Kris Knoblauch said on Sunday that Kane will be on the flight to Florida. He also indicated his inclusion in the lineup if he is healthy.

"Yes, Evander is going with us and there's possibility and we'll just evaluate his health and make decision," Knoblauch said.

Kane will be a game-time decision for Game 5.

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Edmonton Oilers won Stanley Cup Final Game 4 over Florida Panthers in Evander Kane's absence

Connor McDavid led with a strong performance and scored his first goal of the series totaling four points. Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner made 32 saves and contributed significantly to the victory.

Despite the big win, McDavid said:

“It’s just one win. That’s all it is, whether you score eight or you score one. It’s just one win. We’ve got to go to Florida and do a job and drag them back to Alberta.”

The Panthers struggled throughout the game, especially goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky who was pulled after allowing five goals.

“It had nothing to do with Bob,” Matthew Tkachuk said. “It was more of a wake-up call to everybody. We know he’s going to come back better than ever.”

Mattias Janmark and Adam Henrique scored early goals for the Oilers. The Panthers tried to rally, narrowing the gap briefly, but Skinner's crucial saves kept Edmonton in control. Dylan Holloway's two goals further secured the Oilers' dominance.

The Florida Panthers will face off against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC and can also be watched on Fubo. The game will take place at Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, Florida.

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Edited by Piyush Bisht
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