The Chicago Blackhawks are reeling after a pathetic effort versus the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. The team now has a better percentage chance at landing the number one overall pick at this June’s draft than they do making the playoffs after their sixth straight loss.
There is plenty of blame to go around for a lost season; from the front office, to the coaches’ room to the players on the ice. It has been the veteran core who has let this team down of late and that includes Patrick Kane.
Kane leads the team in goals, assists and points, but he has not been as dynamic as we have seen in the past. He is on pace for 78 points this season which is far below the 89 points he scored last season and the 106 he had in his MVP season just two years ago.
While players like Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad and Duncan Keith have been getting a ton of criticism of late, and rightfully so, Kane seems to have escaped it for the most part. But, he has been invisible far too many times during this recent rough patch.
Since his five-point night versus the Ottawa Senators on January 9, Kane has just three goals and eight points with two of those goals coming in one game. During this 14-game stretch, Kane has been held without a point nine times. That is not good enough for a player just two years removed from a scoring title.
Kane had a very interesting quote after last night’s loss.
"I think Q said it best, if we get pissed off and play like [we did in the third], it could help us,” he said, per Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.
If it took you the third period of last might’s game to get pissed off, then you stopped caring a long time ago!