Get Patrick Kane Going
Everyone in hockey is aware of the legacy Patrick Kane has in postseason hockey. Despite his four-point performance (1G, 3A) in the series against the Oilers, Patrick Kane was relatively quiet compared to what was expected from him.
On a more positive note, the Kane – Kirby Dach– Alex DeBrincat line was arguably the Blackhawks’ most dangerous line in the qualifiers. After seeing the top two lines click the way they did Colliton did very little to shake up the lines. Because of the aforementioned depth of the Golden Knights, the Blackhawks will have to see not only Patrick Kane but his line convert on their chances. Plain and simple, the Blackhawks are not as deep as the Knights thus they need Kane, Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad, and their big guys to step up.
Kane’s ability to impact a series has been on display many times throughout his career. Although he can’t do it alone, he will be an X-factor this series. The Blackhawks also need to get Kane and the powerplay going against the Golden Knights.
The Golden Knights are a disciplined team so if and when the Blackhawks get the man advantage they need to take advantage of it; something they did not do well in the Edmonton series.