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: Richard Panik

Panik pitched in with a helper on Kane’s goal against Dallas last Thursday, and scored his 21st goal of the season in Tampa a few days ago.  Who would have thought he’d have 21 goals on the season?!

That’s one more than Toews, by the way.  And I know we’re not supposed to praise the boys for fighting, but Panik held his own when he got into it with Derek MacKenzie of the Florida Panthers the other night.

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I don’t think anyone will be messing with Panik anytime soon.

Who’s Not: Ryan Hartman

Yep, Hartzy’s had a rough week.  Coach Q tried him at center between Panarin and Kane when the team played Dallas.  That didn’t go so well.  And after being relatively disciplined of late, he was called for a tripping penalty and a fighting penalty in the game.

Back on the third line against the Panthers, Hartman took another tripping penalty, and then an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for mouthing off to the officials.  Because of this, he was a healthy scratch for the Lightning game.   The lesson here is that Hartman has to be more disciplined.  He is a rookie who has a lot to offer the team, but he needs to keep his temper in check.

Based upon practice lines, it looks like Hartman will be back in the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight.  It will be interesting to see how he reacts to his benching.

Next: Observations From Behind Enemy Lines In Tampa

There you have it, folks!  There’s only two more weeks, and six more games left in the regular season.  I wonder who will be hot and not next week.

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