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Three changes that must happen for the Blackhawks in 2022

By Jimmy Lynch
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2. Patrick Kane Starts Scoring

Patrick Kane has not scored a goal since December 4th, 2021 against the New York Rangers. He has had some assists the past bit but his goal-scoring total is not where he usually is. Kane has scored in just five games this season. The team relies on him a lot offensively and he has not been living up to where he is usually at.

Kane not scoring is a scary thing for the Hawks. The team relies on him to generate offense, and if opponents think he is not shooting the puck as often they will know he is going to rely on passing in the offensive zone. Kane has a dangerous shot, but it has not been as lethal the past few years.

Kane averages a shooting percentage of 11.8 in his career. During his crazy offensive seasons, he has averaged a shooting percentage of 16 or higher like in 2015-16 and 2012-13. This season though Kane is at an all-time low averaging just 7.4 percent of his shots hitting the back of the net.

The Blackhawks need to get Kane scoring again, and I think that means setting him up on the power play more and making sure he is out there with offensively minded players that can set him up. DeBrincat and Kane have built great chemistry on the ice. Centered by someone who can drive down the middle like Dach or even Borgstrom might be the solution here.

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