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Chicago Blackhawks: Five reasons this team is a playoff team

By Jimmy Lynch
Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)
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Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

5. Patrick Kane

The Chicago Blackhawks are led by one player on the ice, Patrick Kane. Kane is the heart and soul of this team having given everything he has had the past few seasons despite not having any team success to show for it.

Since the Hawks’ last championship Kane has gotten better basically every season, and he has cemented his title as the best American Born hockey player of all time. This season will be one of the first times he has a chance to play with a roster that actually has expectations to win since the last time they won it all.

Kane is not going to be relied upon as much as the team has in the best. Thanks to the offensive additions of guys like Tyler Johnson, Jujhar Khaira, and many others this group is more capable to play three or four lines than in the past.

Sure the team probably will double shift Kane this season when they need a goal, but it probably won’t be as much which will allow him to stay healthy and fresh throughout the entire season.

"Blackhawks: All the Stanley Cup experience on the roster"

This could be a career year for Kane with a linemate like Alex DeBrincat and whoever the team decides to use as their center. The biggest reason to believe this group has a chance to make the playoffs has to be the fact they still have 88 playing great hockey!

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