The Chicago Blackhawks are lucky to have one player on their roster right now. Even with his back against the wall without many familiar faces in the locker room, Patrick Kane already has five points this season in five games.
The power play and the Chicago Blackhawks offense, in general, is better with Patrick Kane on the ice. One thing that the team needs if they are going to win some games this season is Kane, and he showed up last night.
The Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in a rather shocking fashion. Chicago was outplayed in most of the stats tonight. They were outshot 31 to 28, outhit 31 to 24, and Detroit won more faceoffs at 29 to 22, yet the ‘Hawks prevailed with the win.
Chicago hadn’t scored the first goal all season until Patrick Kane opened the scoring with a little under eight minutes to go in the game. Scoring first is huge for a team like the Blackhawks, especially when already down in the standings with an 0-3-1 record. At some point, the team was going to want to go to an intermission with a lead for once.
Even though the Blackhawks are not one of the best teams in the NHL right now, Patrick Kane continues to help push this team to new heights. With a goal ad an assist on the power play, Kane definitely helped the team win.
Patrick Kane continues to be a force for the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Chicago Blackhawks changed their lineup a lot throughout the game, but here is a basic lineup that the Blackhawks saw with their forward group last game.
DeBrincat – Suter – Kane
Kubalik – Strome – Kurashev
Janmark – Wallmark – Shaw
Hagel – Kampf – Carpenter
I hope Andrew Shaw will be able to play center for the ‘Hawks this year. One line that could definitely be a difference-maker night in and night out would be DeBrincat with Shaw and Kane. Shaw has been a center in the past, and the three have been connecting on the power play a lot thus far.
It was also really great to see Andrew Shaw wear the A on his jersey last night. Shaw is an essential piece within the Chicago Blackhawks locker room, and hopefully, he will get to wear it a lot more this season, that is, until Jonathan Toews or Brent Seabrook get back.
Kane finding the back of the net a lot this season should not be a surprise. He is averaging almost 20 minutes of ice time every night and is a constant force in the offensive zone. There is no telling how many points Patrick Kane will put up this season. Ideally, he will go on a long win streak!