Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Hot, Team’s Defense Not

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) looks to score against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) looks to score against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Who’s Hot: Artemi Panarin

The Bread Man is doing a pretty good job of keeping up with his counterpart, Kane.  Like Kane, Panarin had a shootout goal of his own against Dallas (see first video), to go along with four shots on goal.

Against Tampa Bay, he scored his 25th goal of the season, which is second on the team.  He also recorded a team-high six shots on goal.  Panarin’s 42 assists are good for third on the team (behind Kane and Keith), and his 67 points is second on the team.  Keep up the good work, Panarin.

Who’s Not: Jonathan Toews

I think the ’Hawks should trade him!  But all kidding aside, Toews is struggling again.  In the last three games combined, he’s recorded only one assist (a secondary assist) and four shots on goal.

Toews spoke up recently about wanting to have consistent linemates.  Well, he’s had to break in newcomer John Hayden.  Which didn’t go too badly, by the way.  But that’s another story for another day.

Toews was reunited with Nick Schmaltz for the last game, and it looks like Coach Q wants to keep it that way, as they are skating together in practice as well.

Perhaps this will be the spark to get Toews producing again.  Either way, the Captain will be the first to tell you he’s not happy with himself.  He’ll snap out of it soon.

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