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6 Reasons The Chicago Blackhawks Are Winning Right Now

By Gail Kauchak
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 17, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens with left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period at the United Center. The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /

2.  Solid Goaltending.  This tweet does not include Crow’s stats from last night’s 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens, but you get the idea.

Corey Crawford now has eight straight wins, and Scott Darling has three straight wins.  Crawford has been stellar lately, and Darls is filling in just like a back-up netminder is supposed to.

1. Patrick KaneOn Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kaner pulled off his first ever regular season hat trick.  He’s had two hat tricks in previous playoffs, so now he has three in his entire career.

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Kane earned a goal and an assist last night against Montreal, and he now has 69 points overall.  This is more than he had all season last year (64 points).  Now remember his season was cut short when he was injured on February 24th last year.  Considering it’s only the third week of January, I’d say Kane and his scoring are definitely a big contributing factor towards the Hawks winning.

He is projected to earn 117 points this season.  The most points he’s ever had in his regular season career are 88.  This was in the 2009-10 season (Gee, another Cup winning year).

Of course you have to give credit to Kane’s linemates, Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin.  Anisimov is the second line center the Hawks have been looking to have for years.  And Panarin is almost as flashy and brilliant as Kane when it comes to his play-making abilities.  The chemistry between this trio is undeniable.  They all make each other better.

On one final note, Kane and Panarin have 112 points combined.  Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars combine for 104 points.  Oh, and by the way, the Chicago Blackhawks have recently bypassed these same Dallas Stars for the lead in the Central Division, with 66 points to the Stars 63.

Are the Chicago Blackhawks headed towards another Stanley Cup?  Well, as Coach Q would probably say, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.  For right now, let’s just look for consecutive win number 12!  On to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday!

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