Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane is currently riding the wave of a 12-game points streak heading into action Friday night against the Dallas Stars. Kane, who has the NHL's longest point streak this season, is a huge reason Chicago is sitting atop the league.
The 'Hawks, who have gone 9-2-1 during Kane's streak, enter action Friday as the top team in the Western Conference with 40 points. That total is also best in the league as the season finishes its second month.
Chicago has won four straight road contests heading into Big D. Kane will be looking to extend his career-high streak against the Stars.
Kane knows the way to the net in Dallas. He scored the game-winning goal in Chicago's 5-2 victory against the Stars back on Nov. 9. Kane added an assist that night to boot.
Kane hasn't just been padding the stats sheet, either. Four of Kane's eight goals in the last 12 games have been of the game-winning variety. That includes Wednesday night's two-goal performance in Calgary.
Down 2-0 midway through the final period, Kane got the 'Hawks on the board when his centering attempt went off Kris Russell's stick and into the Calgary net. With the score 2-2 in the final seconds, Kane collected a loose puck and flipped a backhanded attempt past the glove of Reto Berra.
Kane has been skating with a variety of line mates over the course of his streak. He has been centered by Brandon Pirri on the second line for much of that time. During Marian Hossa's time out of the lineup, he often double-shifted with Andrew Shaw's line.
Coach Joel Quenneville had the returning Michal Handzus between Kane and Brandon Saad in Calgary. On the game-winner Wednesday, Kane was out with Shaw and Kris Versteeg. It doesn't seen to matter as Kane keeps piling up the points.
Kane is currently the 'Hawks leading goal scorer (15) and point producer (28). He is third in the NHL in goals and tied for sixth in the league in scoring.
Kane has eight goals and nine helpers as he attempts to keep both his points streak and Chicago's win streak alive against the Stars. With two games remaining in November, he has a shot at eclipsing his best offensive months with the Blackhawks.
With 17 points in 13 November games, Kane trails only last March's eight-goal, 10-assist performance (14 games) and a 20-point explosion (8 goals, 12 assists) in 15 December games in 2009. In case you were wondering, those were both Stanley Cup-winning seasons for the 'Hawks.
With Kane on top of his game and Chicago at the top of the standings, the Blackhawks should be an interesting view Friday as Kane attempts to push his scoring streak to 13 games.