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It's no secret that Patrick Kane is expected to put up big numbers each and every time he steps onto the ice. But as of late, Kane has failed to do this.
With only 15 goals and 37 assists to show for this season, Kane is well below his regular season average of one point per game. More will be and should be expected of Kane.
It is not enough to put up only one point per game.
With the absence of Jonathan Toews, Kane will be expected to pick up not only his point production but also his defensive abilities. That means a better backcheck and forecheck from Kane as well as a more aggressive pursuit of the puck. Kane showed signs of this in his game against Toronto on Wednesday night.
It would also help if Kane could get going on the power play. With all the talent that the Blackhawks have, it is only a matter of time, but it would help sooner rather than later.
It is also important that Kane be a leader in the locker room. He needs to lead by example and show the rest of the Blackhawks' roster the put forth their best effort each and every night.