Blackhawks: Is Patrick Kane struggling as much as fans say?
By Ryan Fedrau
Patrick Kane has been struggling for the Chicago Blackhawks during the playoffs in the goal department, but has he played as bad as fans say?
Patrick Kane leads the Chicago Blackhawks in assists with 7, along with being tied with Jonathan Toews for most points with 8. Kane hasn’t put the puck in the net as he usually does, but he’s added 7-assists to the Blackhawks playoffs goals.
Has Kane struggled? Well, Kane has a point in 5 of the 8-games. In 3 of the 4-games against the Edmonton Oilers, Kane had 4-points in 4-games, with him starting the playoffs on a 3-game point streak. People forget that he has 8-points in his 8-games.
Against the Vegas Golden Knights, Kane has 4 points, all of them being assists, with 3 of the points coming in one-game.
Showtime has shown up in the assist department in 5 of the 8-games, he hasn’t shown up in the goal department. That’s something that needs to change if they’re going to come back in this series down 3-1 against Vegas. I believe that is where fans are saying he’s struggled.
So, I just wouldn’t say he’s struggled all around. The only struggling comes when he’s shot the puck 25-times in 8 games and has only scored once. Besides that, he has shown up well and has helped generate scoring chances. There just needs to be goals coming out of his line.
Kane’s been on the ice for an average of 22:37 minutes per game, that should be enough time to score at least one goal in big-time situations.
I believe Kane will bounce back and have a big game tonight. Even when he cannot put the puck in the net, he has an amazing passing ability and can slow plays down. It’s going to take a great performance from Kane and others if this team is going to come back down 3-1 in the series.
Game 5 is tonight at 9:30 PM CT, where the Blackhawks (+175) are a 1.5-goal underdog. I’m expecting a solid performance out of the veterans on this team. They owe it to Corey Crawford after he carried them in Game 4.
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