News:Patrick Kane has picked up his first-ever nomination for the Lady Byng Trophy, which is given each year to the player who has best exhibited the combination of sportsmanship, gentlemanly conduct and skill. He's up against the Islanders' Matt Moulson and the Lightning's Marty St. Louis.
Analysis: He finished fifth in the NHL in both goals (23) and points (55) while picking up just eight penalty minutes, the fewest among the league's top-20 scorers.
News:Patrick Kane scored a goal on four shots on net in Monday's Game 3 loss to the Red Wings.
Analysis:Patrick Kane didn't score in Chicago's opening series, but has now lit the lamp in back-to-back games, and he has a point in all three games of this series.
News:Patrick Kane snapped his playoff scoring drought by potting the opening tally in the Hawks' Game 2 loss to Detroit on Saturday.
Analysis: The goal was only Patrick Kane's second since he scored the game-winner in the Hawks' series-clinching victory in the Stanley Cup finals in 2010.
News:Patrick Kane is not worried about his postseason drought that has him only scoring one goal in the last 18 playoff games, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: While he has only lit the lamp once since he got the game-winner in the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, Patrick Kane has 14 assists in those 18 games including five helpers against the Wild in the first round.
News:Patrick Kane had two assists and was a plus-2 against the Wild in Game 3 on Sunday.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has gotten off to an excellent start to the playoffs, picking up five assists in three games. This comes after an excellent regular season where he had 55 points in 47 games.
News:Patrick Kane collected a pair of assists on Friday in Game 2 as the Blackhawks defeated the Wild, 5-2.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has three assists for the series and 20 goals and 35 assists in a postseason career that has included five seasons. The Blackhawks have a 2-0 lead against the Wild and neither Kane nor Jonathan Toews has scored a goal.
News:Patrick Kane will not play in Saturday's game against the Blues, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy Rutherford reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Marian Hossa are among the players sitting out Saturday. Chicago is locked into the No. 1 seed and has nothing to play for in the regular season finale.
News:Patrick Kane scored one of Chicago's three goals in Friday's win over Calgary, giving him three tallies in the last five games and seven points over that span.
Analysis:Patrick Kane's resurgent season has been a boon for owners that took advantage of his slightly discounted price this past draft. His numbers this season have been elite, as he owns 23 goals in 47 games and 55 points, numbers that would put him on pace for over 90 points in a full season. Expect Kane to cost a bit more next fall, but he'll deliver.
News:Patrick Kane added three points in the Blackhawks' 4-1 win over the Oilers on Wednesday.
Analysis:Patrick Kane's one goal and two assists helped propel the Hawks to their first Presidents' Trophy since the 1990-91 season, and pushed his points total to 54, which is good for fourth best in the NHL.
News:Patrick Kane assisted on both of Brent Seabrook's power-play goals in Saturday's 3-2 loss at Phoenix.
Analysis: He's bounced back nicely from last season's disappointing numbers, and now leads the Blackhawks with 51 points (21G, 30A) in 44 games.
News:Patrick Kane, who missed practice Wednesday, played in a loss to the Blues on Thursday, logging an assist and three shots on goal over 20:22 of playing time.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has 19 goals and 25 assists over 36 games for the Blackhawks this season. He currently has the fifth highest amount of points in the NHL, behind Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Martin St Louis and Chris Kunitz.
News:Patrick Kane (illness) is expected to play Thursday against the Blues, despite missing practice Wednesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Expect an update on Patrick Kane's status after Thursday's morning skate, but for now, it looks as though his illness will not force him to miss any game time. We'll let you know if that assessment changes.
News:Patrick Kane grabbed the Blackhawks' only goal in Friday's loss to Anaheim, extending a points streak to seven games.
Analysis: Few players in the NHL have been as hot as Patrick Kane has been the last three weeks, with 15 points over those eight games. He's emerged as one of the NHL's elite this season and has 42 points in 33 games.
News:Patrick Kane notched a pair of assists Tuesday in a win over the Flames, extending his point-scoring streak to seven games.
Analysis:Patrick Kane's ripped off 14 points in the streak, a nasty pace that has to have his fantasy owners feeling good after he went through a little bit of a slump over the end of February and start of March.
News:Patrick Kane has been double-shifting the last couple of games and could do that Monday against the Kings, the Chicago Tribune reports. "At least it's something that you can probably go through that in games," Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville said. "Maybe see how the game is going. It's a great option to have. But I think maybe we'll put somebody up there to start."
Analysis:Patrick Kane logged the most minutes on the team, more than 25 in the loss Wednesday in Anaheim as Quenneville is skating him more with Marian Hossa out with an upper-body injury. He had an assist in the 4-2 loss to the Ducks and currently has a five-game point streak where he has collected three goals and seven assists. Kane has four goals and 15 assists in 21 games against the Kings.
News:Patrick Kane delivered a three-point night Monday against the Avs with a goal and two assist in a winning effort.
Analysis: He also racked up 22:30 of ice time, picking up double shifts in the final two frames after Marian Hossa departed with an upper-body injury. With 37 points this season, Patrick Kane ranks in the league's top 10 in goals (16), assists (21), points (37) and power-play goals (7) through 29 contests. The three-point game was his third in the Hawks' last four games.
News:Patrick Kane capped the scoring in Chicago's 8-1 bludgeoning of Dallas on Saturday, scoring on a pretty backhanded spin move. He added two assists and finished plus-2 on a night when the outcome was decided early.
Analysis: He has seven points in his last three games, and his 34 points (15G, 19A) in 28 games put him in the league's top five scorers. Numbers like these generate an enthusiastic start recommendation in just about every fantasy format.
News:Patrick Kane scored two goals, including a power-play tally, against the Oilers on Sunday.
Analysis:Patrick Kane now has 14 goals and 30 points on the season, both of which have him ranked sixth in the league in the stat.
News:Patrick Kane scored the tying goal with 2:02 left in regulation time and then notched the only goal in the game-deciding shootout in Sunday's win over Detroit.
Analysis:Patrick Kane now has 11 goals and 26 points in 22 games, as he continues to lead the Hawks in scoring.
News:Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal against the Oilers on Monday. He also had five shots on goal.
Analysis:Patrick Kane now has 10 goals and 24 points in 19 games this season, although this is his first goal in five games.
News:Patrick Kane was named by the NHL on Monday as its First Star for last week where he tallied five goals in three games, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: After a so-so 2011-12, Patrick Kane has come out of the gate smoking and is second in the league with 19 points, second with nine goals and 10th with 10 assists. This is the best start for Kane in his career.
News:Patrick Kane tallied his ninth goal of the season and had three shots on net Sunday against the Predators.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has 19 points on the season, good for second in the league, and he's playing well right now as he has notched nine points in five games.
Hawks' Kane Continues On Fire With Two Power Play Goals
News:Patrick Kane stayed hot with a pair of power-play goals and an assist in a Blackhawks' 6-2 victory over the Coyotes on Thursday.
Analysis:Patrick Kane leads the team in goals with eight and assists with 10. He has five-game scoring streak with six goals and nine points in that span.
News:Patrick Kane got the game-winning goal and also got an empty-net goal in the Blackhawks' 5-3 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday night.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has registered a point in eight of the Hawks' nine games this season and is having a great rebound season after seeing his numbers drop the last two seasons. With the two goals he has accumulated six goals and nine assists so far in the condensed 2013 season.
News:Patrick Kane accounted for all of Chicago's scoring in a 3-2 win over Calgary on Saturday night. He scored early in the third frame, assisted on a frantic game-tying tally with seconds remaining in regulation, and lit the only lamp of the shootout to send the visiting Blackhawks home with the win.
Analysis: He's been The Franchise in Chicago for long enough that performances like this are nothing new.
News:Patrick Kane scored Chicago's only goal in Friday's shootout loss to Vancouver, giving him 11 points in eight games on the season.
Analysis:Patrick Kaner is plowing through opposing defenses this season as if he were jumping out of a taxicab. The talented winger has six points in the last five games, but it had been a while since he found the back of the net. There's little reason to think Kane will slow down too much, but some regression toward the mean must be expected;
News:Patrick Kane assisted on Andrew Shaw's first period goal on Wednesday night and has registered at least a point in six of the seven games played so far in the 2013 season.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has 10 points so far in 2013, two goals and eight assists. He leads the Blackhawks in assists and is tied for third in the NHL. Kane seems to becoming more focused and benefited from playing Europe during the lockout. Also it helps to have both Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa healthy to keep the onus away from Kane to score.
News:Patrick Kane had another multi-point game with two helpers in Saturday's 3-2 win over Columbus. The points stretch is scoring streak to five games and nine points.
Analysis: He was so determined to improve his production from last year that he went to Europe during the lockout and took his mother along, we suspect to help him maintain his focus. The results are impressive. You know what to do.
News:Patrick Kane had two more assists Thursday, including a pretty pass on the overtime game-winner by Marian Hossa.
Analysis: That gives Patrick Kane seven points (2G, 5A) in his first four games. Both assists came on the power play.
News:Patrick Kane opened the scoring Tuesday against St. Louis with his second goal of the year, giving him five points in three games to start the season.
Analysis: After seeing his point totals decline in consecutive seasons, Patrick Kane looks highly motivated this year to return to his old level. While we'd like to see him shoot the puck more -- he's put just two shots on goal in each game this year -- he's certainly off to a fine start.
News:Patrick Kane is looking to return to the next level starting Saturday in the season opener against the Kings after a disappointing 2011-12 season, he told NHL.com. "I'm 24 years old and probably haven't reached my peak, which in my sixth year in the league people probably expected that to come already," he continued. "I guess I want to prove to people I can be up there in the upper echelon of players. I know some may view me there already, but I feel there is more to give. I have always had high expectations for myself. I don't feel I've reached them yet. That's a good thing."
Analysis:Patrick Kane is looking to rebound after last season where he registered his lowest point total in five seasons, with 66 points (23 goals and 43 assists). His numbers have dropped since the 2009-10 season where he collected 88 points (30 goals and 58 assists).
News:Patrick Kane left Switzerland for the United States on Sunday, Tracey Myers of CSNChicago.com reports.
Analysis: The 24-year-old winger played overseas during the lockout, but with the league and the players reaching an agreement Sunday, Patrick Kane left quickly for the States. Despite posting a career-low 66 points (23G, 43A) last season, Kane's a consistent producer who should be in line for another strong campaign.
Blackhawks' Kane Heads To Switzerland During Lockout
News:Patrick Kane decided Tuesday to play in Switzerland during the NHL lockout, Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: EHC Biel-Bienne in Switzerland announced that the team had signed Patrick Kane and he will head out there on Sunday. Kane will still participate in the Hawks' "Champs for Charity" game this Friday at Allstate Arena. In September, Kane had said that he would give the negotiations until mid-October before deciding to play overseas.
Hawks' Kane Won't Make Decision On Playing Until October
News:Patrick Kane said he wouldn't make a decision on playing elsewhere during the NHL lockout until mid-October CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane appears to be holding out hope for a resolution to be reached between the players' union and the owners, but that doesn't appear to be imminent at the moment. He could very well elect to just sit out the entire season rather than playing overseas.
Hawks' Kane Admits Embarrassment Over Off-Ice Issues
News:Patrick Kane has admitted he is embarrassed by his off-ice behavior after the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs, reports NBC Sports.
Analysis: He hit the news in May after some hard partying at a Wisconsin university and resultant photos that spread around the internet. "I have to make those things stop happening. We all saw the photos pretty embarrassing," Patrick Kane said. The 23-year-old doesn't think he has a drinking problem, but the team has spoken to him about his history of questionable decision making. He needs to demonstrate some growth and maturity, and get his on-ice game back on track, too.
News:Patrick Kane was talked to recently by Chicago general manager Stan Bowman about Internet photos showing him partying after the season, ABC7 in Chicago reports.
Analysis: The Blackhawks are concerned with his drinking that has had some incidents going back three years ago after his rookie season when he and some of his relatives had an altercation with a Buffalo, NY taxi driver which resulted in an arrest of Patrick Kane. "We discussed it with Patrick, we handled that internally," Bowman said. "We're obviously disappointed with how it played it out and Patrick's aware of that fact."
News:Patrick Kane assisted on both Chicago goals Thursday in the Blackhawks' Game 1 overtime loss to the Coyotes.
Analysis:Patrick Kane's obviously been a playoff stud before -- that is, two years ago, when he lifted the Stanley Cup. The 'Hawks will need him to power their offense again to push through the playoffs.
News:Patrick Kane scored two goals, including a power-play tally, Sunday against Minnesota.
Analysis: It has been a slightly disappointing season for Patrick Kane, but he still has 23 goals and 65 points, a respectable total.
News:Patrick Kane scored a goal and an assist during Saturday's 5-4 win over Nashville.
Analysis: It was a rare mult-point night for Patrick Kane, who now has 63 points on the season and figures to finish with fewer than 80 for the second year in a row - quite a dropoff from the 88 points he posted two seasons ago. Regardless, he's still a must-start in all fantasy formats.
News:Patrick Kane won the Breakaway Challenge at the All-Star Skills Competition with a Superman routine that earned 47 percent of the fan ballots.
Analysis: He skated hard to the blue line before slamming on the brakes and waiting for Hawks' teammate Marian Hossa to meet him. Hossa dressed him in a red Superman's cape and Clark Kent glasses, and Patrick Kane continued forward. When he neared the Blues' Brian Elliott, he sprawled down the ice in a Superman flying pose but he disguised the puck, leaving it where he took off. He then reached back and dragged it past a befuddled Elliott.
News:Patrick Kane was back at center on Friday night against the Red Wings and might be there for the time being, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane was back on the second line at center due to Marcus Kruger's injury. He was centered with Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg. Even with Kruger back possibly on Monday, Kane could still see more time at center. It is no secret that the Blackhawks are in the market for a second-line center, but the team is in no rush to make a move. Kane assisted on Brent Seabrook's game-winner against the Red Wings. Heading toward the midpoint of the season, Kane is about on track in points scored (35) compared to last season's total (73). His assists are projecting up with 26 this season (compared to 46 for the entire 2010-11 season), but his goals are projecting down with nine this season )compared to 27 for all of last season).
News:Patrick Kane (illness) will play in Wednesday's game against the Kings, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane missed Tuesday's practice with strep throat, but he took part in Wednesday's morning skate and appears ready to go. While he may not be 100 percent healthy Wednesday night, it looks like he will not miss any action due to the illness.
News:Patrick Kane missed Tuesday's practice with an illness, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: The illness did not prevent Patrick Kane from playing in Monday's game, but consider him questionable for Wednesday's contest with the lone day off in between.
News:Patrick Kane will move back to right wing from center starting Friday against the Islanders, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has not lit the lamp in six games so they are trying to shake things up and get Kane on his old ways again. The Blackhawks could move him back, but they need to get him back to his goal-scoring ways. Kane will be with Jonathan Toews and Viktor Stalberg on the top line.
News:Patrick Kane registered seven shots on goal Wednesday, but the Blackhawks were stymied by San Jose goalie Antti Niemi, and the Sharks claimed a 1-0 win. Kane also was nabbed for a two-minute minor.
Analysis: Despite the collar, he's still at a point per game (7G, 15A in 22 games); as one of the team's elite scorers, he remains a clear start recommendation.
News:Patrick Kane had a goal and added an assist in Chicago's 5-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday night.
Analysis: He's playing fantastic hockey right now with 21 points (7G, 14A) in 19 games, a plus-12 rating, and 65 shots on net.
News:Patrick Kane had two assists and a plus-2 in Sunday's 6-3 win over Edmonton.
Analysis:Patrick Kane has excelled since his transition from the wing to center, leading all Blackhawks in points, with 19, and a plus-11. Solid chemistry with line mates Marian Hossa and the Hawks' newest pest Daniel Carcillo has led to impressive play and an outstanding plus-33 between the three. Keep playing this assist machine with confidence.
News:Patrick Kane lit the lamp twice Monday in a win over Nashville.
Analysis:Patrick Kane now has four goals and 10 points in 11 games. He's only 22, and he's already proven himself as one of the best players in the NHL. He needs to be starting whenever he plays.
News:Patrick Kane registered a pair of assists and also scored the game-winning shootout goal in the Blackhawks' 3-2 victory over the Ducks.
Analysis: What wrist injury? Some were thinking that Patrick Kane would start out slowly because of a preseason wrist injury that cut down on his work in camp. With the two assists he has a point-per-game with two goals and six assists. The goals should come along as the season continues. In addition he added his own spin-o-rama that led to the Marian Hossa goal to tie the game at one.
News:Patrick Kane scored a goal, added two assists and won 10 of 14 faceoffs in Thursday's victory over Winnipeg.
Analysis: Safe to say the transition to center is going well for the young star. Last season's point-per-game effort over 73 outings was actually something of an injury-shortened disappointment for Patrick Kane, who's poised to make a run at 90 points if he can stay healthy this year. Playing on a line with Marian Hossa can't hurt in that endeavor.
News:Patrick Kane has registered two assists in his first two games as a center.
Analysis: When Patrick Kane came back from an off-season surgery on his wrist, Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville said that he was going to have him at center throughout the year. For Quenneville, though, nothing is set in stone. In the first two games, Kane has been paired with Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette, but But Danny Carcillo could replace Brunette on the line. Carcillo, who sat out the first two games of the year because of a suspension, was practicing with Kane and Hossa on Tuesday.
News:Patrick Kane (wrist) looked great in his first official action on the ice on Wednesday night with a goal and an assist in the preseason win over the Red Wings, Daily Herald reports.
Analysis: In addition Patrick Kane was 8-4 on faceoffs so there was no apparent affect from the wrist surgery that he had during the offseason.
News:Patrick Kane will make his preseason debut Wednesday according to the teams official Twitter feed.
Analysis: Coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Patrick Kane will center a line between Marian Hossa and Andrew Brunette Wednesday and throughout the year.
News:Patrick Kane (wrist), who could play as early as Wednesday against Detroit, is getting time as a center during training camp, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Patrick Sharp's appendectomy has left the Hawks in need of help at the center spot and while Patrick Kane's taste of the position lasted just one game when it was first attempted three seasons ago, it seems like it could be a more valiant effort on both sides this time around. If he were to remain at center all season, he could rack up more helpers, but there's also the risk that it will drop his goals total and plus/minus as he'll be learning new defensive responsibilities on the fly. In other news, Kane practiced without a splint on his wrist for the first time since his injury Monday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
News:Patrick Kane (left wrist) is wearing a split during training camp, but he said he feels good and also scored two goals in a team scrimmage, Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: The team has advised him to take it easy in the early going of training camp, but that might be hard for him to swallow. "It felt good to be out there," Patrick Kane said. "You don't want to put yourself in any situations where you're going to get hit or something could go wrong. I was still pretty cautious out there, but it's competitive hockey, so you're going to be competitive out there and try to do some good things."
News:Patrick Kane (left wrist) is being advised to not go full board with the team starting preseason camp on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane met with doctors on Thursday and can skate, but hasn't been cleared for contact. Kane will practice twice each day until he's ready to join the scrimmages. "He (Kane) wants to go full-tilt right away (but) we're going to play it cautiously," Blackhawks' general manager Stan Bowman said. "He's eager to get out there and do his thing."
News:Patrick Kane (left wrist) is expected to get the splint on his broken left wrist removed Sept. 15 which is two days before the first day of training camp, the Daily Herald reports.
Analysis:Patrick Kane is hoping to play in four of the seven exhibition games. "I get the splint off the 15th so after that I should be able to pretty much do everything," Kane said. "I've been skating and working out, obviously, but for a while I couldn't go full equipment with the cast so once I got that off the got into full equipment."
News:Patrick Kane (wrist) told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that he will be ready for the regular season but might not for the start of training camp.
Analysis:Patrick Kane, who had surgery to repair a scaphoid fracture in his left wrist July 19, said everything is on schedule in his recovery and that he's hopeful to be ready for the beginning of training camp Sept. 15 but acknowledged it's possible he could miss the start of it.
News: Kane's wrist surgery Tuesday was a success and he should be fully cleared for workouts in six-to-eight weeks, the Hawks' official site reports.
Analysis: He'll begin modified preseason workouts before then, which puts Kane on track to be 100 percent by the time the regular season gets underway in early October barring a setback in the coming months.
Hawks' Star Kane To Have Wrist Surgery; Out 6-8 Weeks
News: Kane has sustained a broken navicular bone in his wrist and will undergo surgery on July 19, as announced by the team's website. He'll be out of action for 6-8 weeks. It's not known exactly when he broke the bone, but it may have been in the penultimate game of the regular season, back in April.
Analysis: Uh-oh. The team's optimistic forecast of a two-month recovery period may turn out to be accurate, but the real risk, which will only be known after doctors get a look at the bone, is avascular necrosis, which is the death of a section of the bone due to the absence of blood flow. If the injury really is three months old, that's a very real possibility. An instance of necrosis could mean that the recovery period may be longer, and he might miss the opening of the season in October. Let's see how the surgery goes before we advise you on his fantasy value for the upcoming season.
News: Kane had a goal and an assist in Chicago's 4-3 shootout win over Columbus.
Analysis: He scored Chicago's first goal of the game early in the first period and added a helper soon after on Brent Seabrook's power-play goal which gave Chicago a 2-0 lead at the time.
News: Kane notched his 100th goal of this career Monday in the 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Analysis: After his seven-game point streak ended against the Caps on Sunday, Kane scored his 100th and also registered an assist. He has 24 goals and 38 assists, but will be hard-pressed to top last season's point total of 88 points. The 100 goals put him in company with Jeremy Roenick and Bobby "Golden Jet" Hull as the third youngest Blackhawks to 100 goals.
News: Kane celebrated his 300th NHL game with a goal Friday in the 5-2 victory over Carolina.
Analysis: Kane is only 22 and has 21 goals and 35 assists for the season. With the goal Friday, he has a four-game point scored streak heading into Toronto on Saturday night. Kane might come up short from last year's point total of 88, but he has a good chance of topping the 30 goals of last season.
News: Kane (flu) plans to play against Minnesota on Wednesday, Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Michael Russo reports.
Analysis: He admits that he's lacking energy, but that's probably not a good enough reason for his owners not to activate him. We'll update his situation if it changes.
News: Kane (flu) participated in Chicago's morning skate Wednesday, Chicago Sun-Times writer Adam Jahns reports.
Analysis: This doesn't guarantee that he'll be playing Wednesday, but it's an encouraging sign nonetheless. We'll update Kane's situation as game time approaches.
News: Kane has the flu and did not practice Wednesday, Chris Boden of CSNChicago.com reports.
Analysis: The Blackhawks are "hopeful" that Kane will be able to play Wednesday against the Wild, but they probably won't make a determination on his status until closer to game time.
News: Kane potted a goal and two assists in the shootout loss to Dallas on Friday night.
Analysis: The three-point night put him back on a point-per-game pace for the season, but it wasn't enough to give the Hawks a victory Friday even though he was the engine behind a three-goal opening frame for Chicago. Kane has been on fire recently with 10 points (5 G, 5 A) over his last six games.
News: Kane scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks on Monday against the Flames.
Analysis: Kane's plus/minus has been hurting owners this season, but he's scoring well, has 40 points in 44 games, and is still somebody to keep in your lineup.
News: Kane, who had to leave the morning skate early Friday with an apparent ankle issue, skated for 21:23 in Friday's loss to Vancouver. He did not register a point.
Analysis: Know it's an issue, but it doesn't look like it's going to keep Kane off the ice at this time. While he didn't score, Kane was a plus-1 in the game and fired seven shots on net. He'll have two days to rest up, as the Hawks are off until Monday now.
News: Kane aggravated his left-ankle injury at Friday's optional skate. He received some treatment for it and is expected to play Friday against the Canucks, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Analysis: Kane is probably too good to consider sitting on a night where there are only six games, but it's worth noting that he's apparently not out of the woods yet with his ankle injury, either.
News: Kane scored his 12th goal of the season in Chicago's 3-2 shootout win over Ottawa on Friday night.
Analysis: The goal was his first since November 30th. Kane also scored in the shootout to help clinch the win for Chicago.
News: Kane has been asked by some to shoot the puck more as his numbers are down slightly since he returned from an ankle injury Dec. 28, the Daily Herald reports.
Analysis: In the 4-2 loss to the Stars, Kane's shots on goal moved up to five. In the two games previous to that, Kane only had two shots in each game against the Kings and the Ducks. Kane has three assists, but no goals since he returned to the ice Dec. 28. Going into the game on Friday night against the Senators, Kane did not have a goal since Nov. 30 when he notched two against the Blues. Kane did miss eight games in December with an ankle injury.
News: Kane (ankle) returned to the Chicago lineup Tuesday after missing the team's previous eight games.
Analysis: Kane returned, and Jonathan Toews promptly left in the first period with an upper-body injury. Kane ended up playing 19:45 in the contest and finished the night a minus-2. He's safe to activate, and if Toews is out for any real extended period of time, expect him to receive more playing time in the coming days.
News: Kane (ankle) confirmed that he will be back on the ice against the Blues on Tuesday night, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Kane missed eight games with a left ankle injury Dec. 5 and the Blackhawks went 5-2-1. "I'm back in," Kane said after the Hawks' morning skate. "It's pretty exciting and I'm pretty happy about it, too. Skating and shooting, everything is pretty fine. We'll see how it is during the game. Right now it's probably as good as it's going to get for a while. I'll probably have to deal with it for a little bit."
News: Kane (leg) said he is probable for Tuesday's game against St. Louis, the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns reports.
Analysis: Kane will likely give his leg one final test in Tuesday's morning skate, but if he makes it through without any difficulties, look for him to return to action against the Blues.
News: Kane (leg) has been placed on injured reserve, the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Analysis: This is just a procedural move to clear a roster spot. Since he has already missed seven games (and will miss his eighth Sunday), the move will be made retroactive and won't affect his return date. He's hoping to play as early as Tuesday at St. Louis.
News: Kane (leg) will miss his eighth straight game Sunday against Columbus, the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Analysis: Kane was able to skate Sunday morning and hopes to make it through a full practice Monday. Depending on how Monday's practice goes, there a chance he could return Tuesday at St. Louis.
News: Coach Joel Quenneville says that Kane (leg) will not play Wednesday against Nashville, according to the Blackhawks' Official Twitter Feed.
Analysis: It would have been a surprise if Quenneville said otherwise, as Kane wasn't really expected back before the holiday. Not playing Wednesday will give him a few more days to continue healing.
Blackhawks' Kane Out Until At Least Post-Christmas
News: Kane (leg) will probably not return to the ice until after Christmas and that could be the best-case scenario, according to the Daily Herald.
Analysis: Kane was expected to miss three weeks after being out as of Dec. 5, so a Dec. 26 return would be right on the dot. The contest Dec. 26 against Columbus might be optimistic. Kane didn't skate Sunday after leaving practice early Saturday when he tweaked his sprained left ankle again. "The last couple times he didn't get through practice so we figured to give a little time here and see where it's at," coach Joel Quenneville said.
News: Kane (leg) will not play in Sunday's game against the Kings, according to the Blackhawks' official Twitter page.
Analysis: Kane apparently aggravated his injury Saturday, so he will likely be out at least couple more days. Keep using other options until Kane's health improves.
News: Kane (leg) suffered a setback at practice Saturday, according to a report on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Analysis: He apparently ran into an assistant coach on the ice and aggravated his injury. A return this week does not seem likely.
News: Kane (leg) has been ruled out for Sunday's game, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Analysis: Kane skated before Friday's game and is close to a return, but will have to wait until at least next Wednesday before getting back on the ice.
News: Kane (leg) skated Friday but will not play Friday night against the Red Wings, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Kane is still experiencing pain, but he's hoping another day or two will provide enough rest for him to return to the ice. "I'm really hopeful for Sunday [against the Kings]," Kane said.
News: Kane (leg) is considered doubtful for Friday's game against the Red Wings, according to the Blackhawks' official Twitter page.
Analysis: Kane, expected to be out up to three weeks, has missed just over one thus far; so it's not surprising that a potential Friday return appears a bit optimistic, and he might have had a very minor setback over the last few days. Still, Kane may be able to return a bit earlier than expected at some point next week.
News: Kane (leg), who participated in the Blackhawks' morning skate Wednesday, could play as early as Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: "I'm feeling pretty good," Kane said. "Friday is a possibility. I just have to see how I am (Thursday) in practice and Friday in the pregame skate and hopefully I can make a decision by then." Kane suffered the injury on Dec. 7 and was initially expected to miss up to three weeks, so a Friday return would be well ahead of schedule. If all goes well, Kane might be safe to use in weekly lineup leagues next week.
News: Kane skated with the Blackhawks on Wednesday for the first time since injuring his leg on Dec. 7, ESPNChicago.com reports.
Analysis: Kane was initially expected to miss three weeks, but his presence on the ice Wednesday indicates that there's a chance his return could come sooner than that.
News: Kane, who suffered a left leg injury December 5, could resume skating this week, according to Chicago Breaking Sports.
Analysis: We should get a better handle on his timetable once he gets that skate in. Kane was supposed to be out about three weeks, but it seems like there's a shot he might be able to beat that timetable by just a bit.
News: Kane (left leg) will be out close to three weeks, Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville told Chicago Breaking Sports on Tuesday.
Analysis: This might be a conservative diagnosis because Quenneville said that he hoped that three weeks would be the maximum time. "Kane's probably going to be out upward of three weeks," Quenneville said after practice at the United Center. "We're hoping that's the maximum. He's progressing right now." If he is correct, this will be a plus for the team after it was feared that he could be out for a month. Kane was hurt in the early going of the Blackhawks' 4-2 victory over the Flames on Sunday.
News: Kane (leg) is expected to be out at least a month, ESPN-AM 1000 in Chicago is reporting.
Analysis: There is nothing official, but it appears that a month might be on the optimistic side. This is rare for Kane, who has missed only three games in three-plus seasons in the NHL.
News: Kane is expected to be out at least a few weeks after suffering an undisclosed leg injury against Calgary on Sunday night, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Given the lack of details from the Hawks to this point, it's a bit unclear if Kane will miss a few weeks or if he's actually expected to be out even longer than that. In any case, you'll want to reserve him immediately and cross your fingers that this isn't going to be something that derails him for the long haul.
News: Kane (lower-body injury) could be out for "a little while," but it is not serious, Blackhawks' coach Joel Quenneville told WGN-AM Radio in Chicago.
Analysis: It appears that it is either a leg or knee injury. From Quenneville's cryptic interview you would expect Kane to be out at least a week, but the Blackhawks coach added that there should be more information Monday about Kane's status. Kane had to be helped off the ice Sunday night to the dressing room after spinning away from a check by Flames defenseman Cory Sarich and falling awkwardly into the boards. Kane couldn't put any weight on his leg as he was taken to the United Center exam room.
News: Kane left in the first period of Sunday's game against the Flames with an undisclosed injury, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Kane fell along the boards just 46 seconds into the game and had to be helped off the ice.
News: Kane scored twice and added an assist in Tuesday's win over the Blues.
Analysis: After Tuesday's effort, Kane now has 11 goals and 27 points in 26 games this season. He's on pace for roughly 30 goals and 80 points, which is about what was expected of him when the season began.
News: Kane bagged the game-winning goal Saturday as Chicago won in Los Angeles, 2-1. He also assisted on linemate Patrick Sharp's tally, and finished the night plus-2.
Analysis: His goal was a product of fortune, as the puck deflected off his hand and into the net. After a delay to review the call, the zebras upheld the marker, Kane's ninth of the season.
Chicago Whips Vancouver Behind Kane's Three Points
News: Bouncing back from an ugly loss at Calgary on Friday, the Blackhawks swamped Vancouver, 7-1, Saturday behind Kane's goal and two assists.
Analysis: He has three multi-point games in his last four starts, bringing him to a tie with Patrick Sharp for the team scoring lead. Don't hesitate to leave him in your active lineup, even against a tough goalie.
News: Kane celebrates his 22nd birthday Friday with a contest against the Flames which bodes well for at least a couple of points, Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Kane celebrated his 21st birthday last year against the same Flames and registered a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks routed Calgary, 7-1. After three games without registering a point, Kane has two in the last two games heading into Calgary.
News: Kane skated Tuesday in practice on the left wing with Marian Hossa and Dave Bolland, Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: This will not be in play on Wednesday night against Phoenix, but could happen once Bolland comes back from injury.
News: Kane scored twice and picked up an assist in the Hawks' shootout win over the Thrashers on Saturday night.
Analysis: The shifty little winger is finally picking up the pace after a relatively sluggish start to his season. You know what to do.
News: Kane has been moved down to the third line as the Blackhawks shook up their lines for Wednesday night's game against the Kings, Daily Herald reports.
Analysis: Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville is trying to get balance in all of the lines. Kane admitted that he is off to a slow start. He is minus-7 with two goals and five assists in nine games. "It's early in the season and there's a lot of season left so hopefully I can turn it around quickly," Kane said. "I should be playing better, I know that. I should be producing more offensively and creating more chances."
News: Kane (illness) arrived at the United Center on Saturday night and said he felt fine to skate against the Sabres, Chicago Tribune reports.
Analysis: Kane missed Friday's game, but the Blackhawks did not miss him after defeating the Blue Jackets, 5-2. As one of the most valuable members of the team, however, he's badly needed on a long-term basis, especially after the Blackhawks lost so many guys in the offseason.
News: Kane (illness) won't play for the Blackhawks on Friday night when they take on the Blue Jackets, Chicago Breaking Sports reports.
Analysis: Kane stayed back in Chicago while the Blackhawks hit the road, so his absence for Friday's slate has been confirmed. Coach Joel Quenneville said he's "hopeful" Kane will play Saturday night when the Hawks host the Sabres. Soup and rest, Patrick.
News: Coach Joel Quenneville said Kane (illness) is "doubtful" for Friday's game against Columbus, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Analysis: Kane will not travel with the team to Columbus on Thursday, although Quenneville wouldn't rule out the possibility that Kane will travel separately Friday. However, in daily lineup leagues, it's time to start preparing as if Kane won't be available. If he can't play, Chicago will likely recall a player from the AHL.
News: Kane did not practice Thursday morning due to an illness, the Chicago Sun-Times' Adam Jahns reports.
Analysis: No word yet on what type of illness Kane is dealing with or how severe it is, but it would probably take something more than a minor cold or flu to keep Kane out of Friday night's game against Columbus.
News: Kane scored his first goal of the season in Monday's win over Buffalo.
Analysis: Kane has two points in three games and will be a major factor in the Blackhawks' attack. Look for another strong season without too many droughts.
News:Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, and the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 on Sunday, shortly after clinching their first division title since winning the Norris Division in 1992-93. Kane extended Chicago's lead to 3-0 with 4:28 left in the second when he beat Miikka Kiprusoff high on the stick side on a 30-foot shot from the slot. "I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't our goal at the start of the year," Kane said. "It was been long time coming. I was 4 years old the last time we won the division. It's a good accomplishment, but it's not really the accomplishment you want. The big goal is the big award at the end of the year."
Analysis: Kane has been a big reason why Chicago has been dominant in 2009-10. He has set career highs across the board and hasn't been affected by the arrival of Marian Hossa. In fact, he has been able to keep focused despite dealing with some difficult offseason distractions. Kane has become an elite Fantasy forward.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored in a second straight game Tuesday as Chicago shut out the Coyotes.
Analysis: Before this little two-game spurt, Kane hadn't scored in eight straight games, so it's good to see him back on track again. However, it's not like the young star should be benched in any formats even when he's struggling, so continue to roll with Kane in all Fantasy formats.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane, a member of the silver-winning USA team at the Olympics, scored and added two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders. He now has eight points in his last four games.
Analysis: Kane had a solid trip to Vancouver with three goals and two assists in six games and his owners will be glad to see he didn't suffer any kind of Olympic hangover. The 21-year-old remains a must-start Fantasy option in all formats.
News:Patrick Kane wanted to assure fans of the U.S. Olympic hockey team that he's fine. "No, no," he insisted Sunday when asked if he was concerned about his knee after a mid-ice hit left him sprawled in pain. Kane, a member of the U.S. Olympic team, went down with an injury to his right knee and gingerly skated to the bench early in the third period of the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kane was skating with the puck into the offensive zone when Columbus defenseman Anton Stralman tried to hip-check him as he crossed the blue line. Instead, their right knees slammed into each other. "It was a knee on knee," said Kane, who had earlier scored his 25th goal of the season. "It just felt sore for a bit. I think it's one of those things that once it gets hit, you've just got to warm it up a bit. It didn't really affect me the rest of the game." In fact, the 21-year-old right wing came back to score in the shootout and Chicago won, 5-4.
Analysis: Kane lay on the ice for two minutes after the hit. Troy Brouwer then fought with Stralman, with Brouwer called for a double-minor for instigating. The 4 minutes led to Fedor Tyutin's goal which tied the game at 4, eventually sending it into overtime and then the shootout. "I felt it was dirty," Brouwer said of Stralman's hit. "It's always tough to see a teammate go down. So I had to step in." Kane returned soon after Tyutin's power-play goal and didn't miss a shift the rest of the way. It doesn't appear to be an issue that Kane could further damage by playing in the Olympics, but we will keep a close eye on it. Kane has been playing the best hockey of his career in 2009-10 and is a must-start Fantasy option when healthy.
News: Chicago winger Patrick Kane recorded two assists on Saturday night in a win over Atlanta. Kane had scored two goals in the game prior against Dallas. He is now on a three-game points streak and has recorded points in four of his five February games.
Analysis: Kane has 66 points on the season for the Blackhawks and should be active in just about all Fantasy leagues at all times.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored his 23rd and 24th goals of the season in Tuesday's shootout win over the Stars.
Analysis: Kane is now just one point behind his career high of 25, and Team USA will be hoping the 21-year-old can play a big role in helping them bring home a medal in Vancouver. Kane remains a must-start Fantasy option in all formats.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored a goal and finished at plus-1 on Wednesday against the Blues. Kane scored on a breakaway, picking up the puck after a blocked shot by teammate Troy Brouwer and skating in to beat Chris Mason just 2:40 into the game. It was his 22nd goal and first score in five games.
Analysis: Kane needs just four more scores to set a new career high and could get that before the Olympic break. He is playing better than a point-per-game and this is arguably been Kane's best stretch of hockey since entering the NHL in 2007-08. It's great to see Kane have so much success following a turbulent offseason. Keep him active in Fantasy.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane went into the Edmonton game on Tuesday with 199 career points, putting him on the brink of being the youngest player in Hawks history to reach the 200 plateau. Kane did it in just 44 seconds, assisting on Jonathan Toews' goal. The youngest was Denis Savard, Kane's first coach with the Hawks, who was 21 years, 251 days when he accomplished the feat. Kane turned 21 on Nov. 19. "To be the youngest to get 200 points is a pretty great accomplishment," Kane said. "I hope I can keep it going."
Analysis: Kane is by far having his best season as a pro. With 59 points in 53 games, he is well on pace to shattering his career-high of 72 points. He is also at plus-14, so his defense has all come around after being a minus-player in his first two seasons. It's great to see Kane have so much success following a turbulent offseason. Keep him active in Fantasy.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane assisted three times in Saturday's win over the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Kane is up to 55 points this season and should easily set new career highs in goals, points and assists. He remains an elite Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane's career-best 11-game scoring streak came to an end against the Ducks on Sunday. Kane had nine goals and nine assists in that span.
Analysis: Kane has failed to record a point in just two of his last 19 games. That is how well he has been playing since early December. Kane had his off-the-ice issues during the offseason, but he seems to have put that all behind him and has gotten to work. Kane has taken his game to the next level and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane's shot from the slot made it 5-2 with just over two minutes left in Thursday's game against the Bruins. Kane has 19 goals on the season and points in 10 straight games. He has nine goals and seven assists in that span.
Analysis: Kane has failed to record a point in just two of his last 19 games. He has 25 points since Dec. 1 and is playing out of his mind. Kane has taken his game to the next level and remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane assisted twice in Sunday's win over the Ducks, giving him 18 points in his last 11 games.
Analysis: Kane has 48 points this season and has been on fire for the past three weeks. Continue to roll with him in all Fantasy formats.
News: Chicago RW Patrick Kane had a solid game on Tuesday at Dallas, scoring two goals in a 5-4 loss. Kane's firstgoal came on a power play in the first period on a wrist shot. The second goal came with four seconds remaining in the second period that tied the game at 4 on another wrister.
Analysis: Kane increased his games with a goal streak to five on Tuesday with the two-goal performance. He has 10 points over that five-game span with seven goals and three assists. Kane remains a must-start Fantasy option as he is playing great hockey heading into the new year.
News:Patrick Kane said his last-minute goal came on "one of those close-your-eyes-and-shoot plays." John Madden called his second goal "lucky." Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said his team was fortunate to win after a "crazy" third period. Well, for a lucky team, the Blackhawks sure do win a lot. Kane scored with 43.4 seconds to play, his second goal of the game, lifting the Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators and giving them the best record in the NHL. The 21-year-old Kane scored the winner in each of Chicago's last three games -- the first time that's happened since Murray Craven did it in 1995. Dan Ellis stopped Kane's shot from the right circle but Troy Brouwer got to the rebound and flipped the puck back to Kane, who wristed a shot over Ellis. "I fired it on net and it kind of hit the top shelf. It was one of those close-your-eyes-and-shoot plays ... but it went in," said Kane, who played his 200th career game. "We got four points [this weekend] and they got none. So it's almost like an eight-point weekend for us, and we put some distance between us and them."
Analysis: Kane has five goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. He has a season-high six goals, 11 assists, 17 points and a plus-6 rating in 13 December games. This was the same time in 2008-09 that Kane started to peak before an ankle injury hurt his performance in the second half. Kane dodged a serious facial injury earlier in December to bounce back and have his finest month of the season to date. Kane remains a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Chicago winger Patrick Kane scored his 11th goal in the 3rd period of Tuesday's loss to the Sharks. Kane added an assist later in the period on a goal by Marian Hossa. The Hossa goal was his sixth of the season. Hossa had assisted on Kane's goal earlier. Both players finished with a goal and an assist each.
Analysis: Kane had his six-game points streak snapped on Sunday and he started a new one on Tuesday. He has 36 points on the year and can be used in just about all Fantasy leagues.
News:Cristobal Huet made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season, and Patrick Kane assisted on all three Chicago goals in the Blackhawks' 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. Kane, the Blackhawks' leading points scorer, returned to face the Blues after leaving Sunday's game with a cut above his left eye that required seven stitches. He also finished at plus-2 in 18:46 of ice time and spent two minutes in the penalty box.
Analysis: Kane had a pretty nasty gash on his head Sunday, but the injury was never considered serious and the 2007 No. 1 pick proved that on Wednesday. Kane has one goal and eight points in seven December games. He continues to be a point-per-game threat and must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane left Sunday's game against the Lightning with 6:59 left in the first period due to a cut above his left eye and didn't return. Kane landed hard after Tampa Bay's Matt Smaby tripped him along the boards and appeared to sustain a head injury either due to the impact or being hit with the puck. "It's not bad," coach Joel Quenneville said, "They had to stitch it up." He managed to scored a goal, however, before exiting the game. Kane scored the lone goal of the first period at 7:42 when his high wrist shot from the right point beat Antero Niittymaki and clanked in off the left post.
Analysis: Kane scored for the first time in 10 games on Sunday, but unfortunately he couldn't stick around to celebrate. Kane has failed to record a point in only two of his last 19 games. Last season, Kane got off to a hot start because a December ankle injury bothered him the rest of the season. We hope he doesn't fall the same fate in 2009-10 since Kane is a special talent and high-end Fantasy option when healthy. It doesn't seem the injury is all that serious, so Kane is a low-risk start for Week 11 (Dec. 14-20).
News: Looking to the future, the surging Chicago Blackhawks signed three of their top players -- Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith -- to lucrative contract extensions Thursday. Kane and Toews, both 21, signed five-year deals reported to be worth $31.5 million each. Keith, a defenseman, got a 13-year contract worth a reported $72 million, making it the richest in team history and surpassing the 12-year, $62.8 million given to Marian Hossa in the offseason. "We are a close group of guys and there's no individual player who is bigger than the team," Keith said. "I would certainly rather have these two guys up here at the same time, as well, and take a little of the spotlight off. I don't mind that at all."
Analysis: The 26-year-old Keith is in his fifth season with the Blackhawks and is known for his durability and speed. He leads the team in average ice time at 26:44 and has five goals and 18 assists to go with a plus-nine rating. Kane, the first pick overall in the 2007 draft, leads the team with 26 points -- nine goals and 17 assists. And Toews, the team captain and the Blackhawks' first-round choice (third overall) in 2006, has six goals and 10 assists. He missed six games this season with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hard hit from Vancouver's Willie Mitchell on Oct. 21. Fantasy owners might worry about all three players taking their foot off the accelerator, but we wouldn't. All three players are very talented skaters and must-start Fantasy options.
News: The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to announce contract extensions for young stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith. The team has called a news conference for Thursday afternoon. Kane and Toews, both 21, led the Blackhawks to the Western Conference finals last season. The Blackhawks have the lead this season in the Central division. Kane and Toews are each expected to get new five-year deals. Keith, one of the team leaders in minutes played, is expected to get a 13-year extension.
Analysis: Chicago has been desperately contemplating since the offseason how they would lock up three of their most important assets. It seems they sharpened their pencils and got the deals done. Fantasy owners might worry about all three players taking their foot off the accelerator, but we wouldn't. All three players are very talented skaters and must-start Fantasy options.
News:The Sports Xchange reports RW Patrick Kane assisted on the Blackhawks' lone goal Saturday against the Kings, his 16th helper of the season. He has registered at least one point in 14 of his last 17 games and has 18 points over that stretch (six goals, 12 assists).
Analysis: Kane has definitely settled into a groove after spotty production early in the season. It's great to see the third-year forward focused on hockey after his off-the-field incident in the offseason. Kane continues to be a must-start Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane continued his hot play with a goal and an assist on Saturday against the Oilers. He has a five-game goal streak and nine-game point streak going (five goals, eight assists). The point string matches the Hawks' longest of last season, when Cam Barker and the departed Martin Havlat had points in nine in a row.
Analysis: Kane has definitely settled into a groove after spotty production early in the season. It's great to see the third-year forward focused on hockey after his off-the-field incident in the offseason. Kane continues to be a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored his fifth goal of the season Wednesday in a win over the Avalanche, extending his point streak to five games.
Analysis: Kane has 17 points in 17 games this season and a decent plus-4 rating. He remains a solid start in all Fantasy formats.
News: Chicago RW Patrick Kane assisted on Cam Barker's 2nd period goal in Friday's 3-2 win over Montreal. Kane added another assist later in the game on Patrick Sharp's goal in the 3rd period.
Analysis: Kane finished Friday with two assists and now has 12 points on the season for the Blackhawks. Kane has at least one point in four of his last five games. He has four goals and eight assists on the year for the Blackhawks and remains a solid Fantasy option for use in all leagues.
News: Just when the Chicago Blackhawks think Patrick Kane has performed every possible stick-on-puck magic trick, he does something seemingly impossible to amaze them yet again. Kane's spectacular, unassisted goal -- just 3:25 after Minnesota had made it a one-goal game -- helped the Blackhawks to a 3-1 victory Monday night and dropped the Wild to 0-8 on the road. "He's got a few tricks that probably still haven't come out," teammate Dave Bolland said. The Wild's momentum ended when Kane stole the puck from Eric Belanger in the right corner. Kane skated behind the net and, when he couldn't find an open teammate, weaved his way to the lower left circle. He then wheeled around and lifted the puck into a tiny gap between goalie Niklas Backstrom's right shoulder and the crossbar. "A pretty sick shot," Bolland said. "There was only an inch or two."
Analysis: Kane said he had been working on the move for years in practice and was glad to finally use it in a game. "It's got to be a perfect shot," he said. "It's lucky, too -- kind of shoot and pray it goes in." It was the 50th career goal and fourth this season for Kane, the league's top rookie in 2007-08. He doesn't turn 21 until next month. "(Team media relations director) Brandon Faber made me feel real good," Kane said. "He said I've got 560 more to catch Bobby Hull." We are glad to see Kane doing well to start the season after his turbulent offseason. He seems to have put the off-the-ice incident in the past and has gotten back to work. Kane remains a high-end Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored and added two assists in Monday's comeback win over the Flames.
Analysis: Kane has seven points in his first five games this season and it looks like he'll challenge a point-per-game pace for the majority of the campaign. Continue to use him in all Fantasy formats as an elite forward.
News: Chicago RW Patrick Kane assisted on the first goal of Saturday's 4-0 win over Florida in Finland. Kane added his own goal, his second of the young season, in the 2nd period and was assisted by Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith. The goal made the score 2-0 at the time.
Analysis: Kane hasn't wasted much time in helping people forget about his misbehavior this offseason, and hopefully he can continue to put the puck in the net as this year goes on. With his potential for 80 points, Kane remains a solid start in all Fantasy formats.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored the first NHL goal on Finnish soil when he lit the lamp in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Panthers on Friday. Kane came out of the box and beat Tomas Vokoun with a nice move.
Analysis: Kane didn't waste much time in helping people forget about his misbehavior this offseason, and hopefully he can continue to put the puck in the net as this year goes on. With his potential for 80 points, Kane remains a solid start in all Fantasy formats
News: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and his cousin pleaded guilty Thursday to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct and were ordered to send an apology to the cab driver they were accused of roughing up over 20 cents. The 20-year-old player and his 21-year-old cousin, James Kane, were given conditional discharges, meaning they will avoid any penalties if they stay out of trouble for a year and write apologies to cabbie Jan Radecki. "Obviously, I'm in a little different situation than most kids at this age but at the same time I think it's definitely been a learning lesson and something I want to move forward on," Kane told City Court Judge Thomas Amodeo before receiving his sentence. "It's maybe better I learn it now than later in life." Outside the courtroom, Kane apologized to his family, the city, the Blackhawks and his fans "for being in a regrettable situation." "But it's behind me. It's time to move on," he said.
Analysis: Accompanied by his parents, Kane took no questions from reporters, stopping only to deliver his statement as he left the courthouse in his hometown. In court, defense lawyer Paul Cambria said Kane is a law-abiding person and outstanding athlete. "He desires to be a tremendous role model and I believe that he is," Cambria said. Radecki told police the cousins attacked him Aug. 9 when he said he didn't have 20 cents in change for their fare. The driver had bruises and broken glasses. Later reports indicated the dispute started after Radecki, following the practice of some other drivers in college neighborhoods, locked the cab doors until collecting the fare to ensure his passengers did not leave without paying. Radecki said the Kanes gave him $15 for a $13.80 fare and that he gave them a dollar back but did not have coins for the final 20 cents. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said he was glad to see a resolution. "We recognize that this has been a difficult time for Patrick, his family and all of those involved," Bowman said. Finally, we have some closure to the situation and it seems Kane is going to try to work past this ordeal. As long as he isn't distracted, Kane has the talent to post some big numbers in Fantasy. Continue to draft him in all Fantasy formats.
News: After reiterating his innocence following a brief court appearance, Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane became emotional as he made the short walk back to his lawyer's office Thursday. Flanked by his parents, Patrick Sr. and Donna Kane, and attorney Paul Cambria, Kane became teary-eyed as a reporter asked about the emotional toll he's under facing misdemeanor assault, theft and harassment charges that he and his cousin beat up a cab driver over a fare. Kane, 20, and his cousin James Kane, 21, pleaded not guilty during a brief arraignment before Buffalo judge Thomas Amodeo. The appearance came a day after the two were indicted by a grand jury. The panel dismissed a more serious felony charge of second-degree robbery. Amodeo adjourned the case until Aug. 27 and granted a defense request that the Kanes do not need to appear at that session. They're free without bail. The judge also granted a request made by both Cambria and assistant district attorney Paul Bonanno that the Kanes and cabbie Jan Radecki have no contact with each other.
Analysis: The Kanes were arrested Aug. 9 after Radecki told police they attacked him when he said he didn't have 20 cents in change for the fare. The driver had bruises and broken glasses. Patrick Kane, who grew up in Buffalo, was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft and the NHL's rookie of the year in 2008. "Today was a tough day for us," Kane said, briefly addressing reporters following the hearing. "I just reiterated to the judge that I'm not guilty of any crime, and I'm confident in the legal process." He was back in his hometown Thursday after taking part in a three-day U.S. Olympic hockey camp in suburban Chicago this week. "I spent the last three days skating with some of the best hockey players in the world, and it reminded me how lucky I am to do this job for a living," he said. "I'm grateful to be a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, and hopefully I can play for my country at the Olympics." The fact this issue seems to be getting to Kane is emotionally is not good. If it is not resolved soon enough, he could be distracted when the hockey season opens. Fantasy owners should still draft Kane in Fantasy since he is an elite talent and just hope for a quick resolution in this matter.
News: Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was indicted Wednesday on misdemeanor assault and theft charges after he was accused of beating up a cab driver over a fare dispute. The grand jury dismissed a more serious felony charge of second-degree robbery, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said. Kane, 20, and his cousin, James Kane, 21, were arrested Aug. 9 after 62-year-old cabbie Jan Radecki told police they attacked him when he said he didn't have 20 cents in change for the fare. James Kane was indicted on the same charges. The cab driver had bruises and broken glasses. At a U.S. Olympic hockey camp in suburban Chicago, Kane said he had not heard any details about the indictment and wanted to talk first with his lawyer. "If the felony is dropped, that's obviously a positive step," Kane said. "The sooner it gets over, I think, the more everyone will be happy about it." The Kanes earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges. They were indicted on charges of third-degree assault and theft of services, both misdemeanors, as well as harassment, a violation. Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Analysis: If convicted, the Kanes could get up to a year in jail. Calls to Patrick Kane's lawyer, Paul Cambria, were not immediately returned. "As is the practice in all criminal cases, the assigned prosecutor and defense counsel will discuss a possible resolution of the case short of trial," Sedita said in a statement. A plea deal would be based on the victim's wishes, the severity of his injuries and other factors, Sedita said. But Kane's celebrity status "is not such a consideration," he said, adding, "Kane will not be prosecuted more leniently or more harshly because he is employed as a hockey player." The cabbie has said he wants a public apology from the Kanes, not jail time, said his lawyer, Andrew LoTempio. It seems the charges are going in favor of Kane and a fast resolution is expected. Kane, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft and the rookie of the year in 2008, had 25 goals and 45 assists last season. He was slowed by an ankle injury in the second half, but was back to 100 percent by the playoffs. Kane should still be drafted as a high-end Fantasy forward. If anything changes, we will let you know.
News: A grand jury is expected to decide next week whether Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane should face criminal charges after a dispute that left a cab driver in his hometown of Buffalo bruised and with broken glasses. The Erie County District Attorney's Office presented the case to a grand jury on Thursday. District Attorney Frank Sedita III says the panel is expected to report its findings sometime next week. Patrick Kane and his cousin, James Kane, were arrested by Buffalo police early Sunday after 62-year-old cabbie Jan Radecki reported the pair beat him up after he told them he didn't have 20 cents change when they paid the fare. The Kanes pleaded not guilty to robbery and other charges after spending more than two hours in jail.
Analysis: We are hoping that this situation with Kane will just blow over and he can quickly get back to focusing on hockey. His status is important for both the Blackhawks and Fantasy owners. Kane posted 25 goals and 70 points in 80 games last season. He was at his best before an ankle injury slowed him down in the second half of the season. He posted nine goals and 14 points in 16 postseason games, so he appeared back on his game in the playoffs. Continue to draft Kane in all Fantasy formats.
News: It's been one thing after another for the Chicago Blackhawks this offseason after a trip to the Western Conference finals. They signed one star forward in Marian Hossa, only to lose another one in Martin Havlat. They stunned everyone by demoting general manager Dale Tallon. And now one of the young stars Tallon brought to Chicago, Patrick Kane -- the centerpiece of the team's marketing effort for the past two seasons -- is accused of teaming with his cousin to beat up a Buffalo, N.Y., cabbie over pocket change before daybreak Sunday. Whether the incident will amount to much remains to be seen. Andrew LoTempio, an attorney for the cab driver, told WGN radio in Chicago on Monday that he thinks Sunday's incident was blown out of proportion. "There was a dispute over the fee and it just kind of escalated from there," LoTempio told the station. "It was not really a robbery. That is probably a large distortion of what happened." Asked if the case would end up as a felony, he said: "Absolutely not." "I think we should be able to work things out," he added. Kane is scheduled for a court hearing next Monday in a Buffalo courtroom. He has pleaded not guilty to felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft and criminal mischief. His cousin, James Kane, faces the same charges.
Analysis: Police say a cab driver was beaten early Sunday because he did not have 20 cents in change to give Kane, the 2008 NHL Rookie of the Year, and his cousin. The 62-year-old cab driver, identified as Jan Radecki, said he was punched, grabbed by the throat and had his glasses broken. "We are aware of the incident. We don't condone or approve of what has been suggested the facts are. We are looking into it ourselves," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday. We will have to wait and see what comes of these charges before making any judgments in regards to Kane's eligibility and Fantasy worth for the upcoming season. However, continue to draft Kane in all Fantasy formats until further notice. If anything changes with his on-ice status, we will let you know.
News: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 2008, was charged with robbery and other counts following an altercation Sunday morning with a cab driver in his hometown. Buffalo police said the 20-year-old Kane and a 21-year-old cousin, James Kane, had apparently caught a cab from the city's downtown nightclub district at about 4 a.m. The cab driver said he was punched and hit by both men because he did not have 20 cents in change to give them, the police report said. The driver's face was cut and his glasses were damaged, police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said. Both men were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft of services and criminal mischief. Patrick Kane pleaded not guilty in City Court on Sunday, WIVB-TV reported. Kane's agent, Pat Brisson, declined to comment.
Analysis: The Blackhawks are aware of the allegations against Kane, spokesman Brandon Faber said. "He is a big part of our organization and a team leader and we stand behind him," Faber said. "As we are still collecting all the facts, it would be premature to comment further at this time." Kane has 46 goals and 96 assists in his first two NHL seasons with the Blackhawks. Kane is expected to once again be a big part of the team's Stanley Cup hopes in 2009-10, so having him on the ice is vital. It's hard to judge what fate awaits Kane as all this news is still trickling down. Continue to draft Kane in all Fantasy formats until further notice. If anything changes with his on-ice status, we will let you know.
News: RW Patrick Kane returned to Chicago's lineup Wednesday during Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against Calgary after missing Game 3 because of the flu. Kane opened the scoring with his first goal of the playoffs. He beat Miikka Kiprusoff on a snap shot 4:40 into the game.
Analysis: The flu was a moderate ailment compared to the ankle injury Kane suffered in late December that messed up his second half. Kane posted just 29 points in the final four months of the season after having 41 points through December. Perhaps an offseason of rest will allow Kane to recover. The former 2007 first-round pick is still an elite talent and will be a high-end Fantasy forward heading into 2009-10.
News: Chicago star Patrick Kane practiced Tuesday after sitting out Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals against Calgary with what the Blackhawks said was the flu. There were questions over whether Kane had the flu or was suffering from the thunderous check Rene Bourque dealt him in Game 2 in Chicago. Kane wasn't enlightening reporters, either. "I had a funeral to go back to in Chicago. The goldfish that I had since I was 10 years old died so I had go back and say my prayers and flush him down the toilet," Kane said. "I just bought a turtle."
Analysis: The flu is moderate compared to the ankle injury Kane suffered in late December that messed up his second half. Kane posted just 29 points in the final four months of the season after having 41 points through December. Perhaps an offseason of rest will allow Kane to recover. The former 2007 first-round pick is still an elite talent and will be a high-end Fantasy forward heading into 2009-10.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored a goal, tallied an assist and finished at plus-3 during Tuesday's game against the Predators. Kane got Chicago's third goal of the second period, capitalizing on a turnover by Nashville's Dan Hamhuis. Kane skated through the inside edge of the left circle and backhanded a shot that went between Pekka Rinne's stick and the left post. It was Kane's first goal in 10 games.
Analysis: Kane was riding high for the Blackhawks before an ankle injury popped up in late December. He hasn't been the same explosive player since and has mentioned at times he hasn't been at 100 percent. It seems the only thing to remedy this situation at this time is an offseason of rest. Kane definitely has high-end Fantasy appeal, so he shouldn't lose too much status heading into 2009-10.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blackhawks LW Patrick Kane's first-period assist Wednesday against the Blues ended a string of six straight scoreless games for Chicago's second-leading scorer (65 points).
Analysis: Kane was riding high for the Blackhawks before an ankle injury popped up in late December. He hasn't been the same explosive player since and has mentioned at times he hasn't been at 100 percent. It seems the only thing to remedy this situation at this time is an offseason of rest. Kane definitely has high-end Fantasy appeal, but this doesn't appear to be one of those times.
News: Chicago RW Patrick Kane scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets on Friday. Chicago tied it late in the second period when Troy Brouwer deftly slid a pass from behind the net to Patrick Kane for a hard one-timer.
Analysis: Kane has 64 points now on the season with 24 goals and 40 assists. He has points in four straight games with three goals and two assists during that stretch. Kane is owned in practically all leagues and is a must-start at all times.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored a goal and finished at minus-2 during Friday's game against the Blue Jackets. Kane's power-play goal with 5:57 left in the third cut it to 4-3. It was his 22nd goal and second in four games.
Analysis: Kane hit 60 points Friday and added to his career-high in power-play scores (12). He has five goals and 11 assists in his last 18 games and finally looks recovered from an ankle injury that slowed him for most of January. Kane is a high-end Fantasy option when healthy.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane tallied a power-play goal and assist during Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Bruins. Chicago's third period rally fell short after Kris Versteeg and Kane both scored to narrow Boston's lead to 4-3. Versteeg beat Tim Thomas with a wrist shot at 10:26 and Kane followed 4:08 later beating Thomas through a screen.
Analysis: Kane has a point in nine of his last 10 games. He has four goals and eight assists in that span. Kane is finally back to producing at a high level after an ankle injury really hurt his offense from late December to mid-February. It appears safe to once again start Kane in all Fantasy formats.
News:Jonathan Toews scored twice, Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks withstood the first career hat trick by Steven Stamkos and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Tuesday. The Blackhawks tied the game 1:46 into the third on Kane's 18th of the season and 10th on the power play. Kane leads the Blackhawks with 51 points.
Analysis: Kane scored for the second time after the All-Star break Tuesday and first time in nine games. He has five points in his last two appearances. Here is hoping that Kane is ready to turn his luck around after being sort of a Fantasy dead weight since injuring his ankle in late December. Kane does have high-end Fantasy potential.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane assisted two goals in Chicago's 6-2 win over Dallas on Saturday. He assisted in the game's first goal to Troy Brouwer and later hit Jonathan Toews to make it 4-0.
Analysis: Kane has 48 points on the year with 31 assists. He remains someone worth starting in all Fantasy formats as he's working his way out of a slump.
News:The Sports Xchange reports RW Patrick Kane, the Blackhawks leading scorer, went into Saturday's game with Vancouver with one goal in the last 18 games, none in the last four, and just three assists to show for the last 13 games. That sore ankle, injured on Dec. 30, is still a problem. "I feel a little snakebitten," said Kane after Saturday's morning skate. "The last few games I hit the post in two of them and had a wide-open chance in front that (Calgary's Miikka) Kiprusoff robbed me on. I've been getting really solid chances every game that I should bury. I feel I'm on the upswing and the ankle is getting a lot better. Hopefully I'll get out of it soon."
Analysis: Kane could feel robbed all he wants, but the fact remains he hasn't been the same scorer since banging up his ankle in late December. He had a good run in the All-Star game and scored in the first game back, but he has since gone five games without a score. Kane's Fantasy value continues to drop while he slumps, but he does have high-end potential playing for a contender like the Blackhawks. Let's hope he can get back on track shortly.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane ended a long scoring drought with a goal Wednesday against the Ducks. Kane gave the Blackhawks the lead back on a power play after Bobby Ryan's goal had lifted the Ducks into a 1-1 tie. Kane got his 17th with a wraparound at 16:41 of the first period. It was the All-Star's first goal in 13 games and first point in eight games.
Analysis: Kane had a big All-Star game with two points (one goal). We had hoped his big night in front of a national audience would get him going and it looks as though it might have. Kane is going to get his scoring chances in the second half and has what it takes to be a high-end Fantasy option. Hopefully Wednesday's goal is one step in the right direction.
News: Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had a goal, assist and minus-1 rating for the Western Conference during Sunday's All-Star game. Kane put the Western Conference ahead 11-10 with less than five minutes to play before Jay Bouwmeester tied the game at 16:21.
Analysis: Kane came into the midseason classic without a goal in 12 games. He has just one assist in that span. He has lacked serious explosion since injuring his ankle in late December and has even admitted he is not at 100 percent. He could have used the All-Star break to rest, but perhaps the goal will serve a purpose and get his confidence back up. Kane has high-end Fantasy potential when clicking on all cylinders.
News: Wild G Nicklas Backstrom prevented Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane from snapping out of his scoring funk Monday. The Blackhawks dominated the second half of the second period, testing Backstrom. His flashiest save was a point-blank stick stop on Kane, Chicago's leading scorer. Kane has gone 11 games without a goal and six straight without a point.
Analysis: Despite the fact that the two will share an ice this weekend at the All-Star game, Backstrom did not let his fellow All-Star teammate get an easy one Monday. Kane has been stuck in a scoring funk since late December. He says he is still playing on an injured ankle and perhaps it's a lot worse than he is letting on. Kane could really use the rest during the All-Star break, but perhaps a big game in the mid-season classic could also get his confidence up. Kane still has high-end Fantasy potential.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane was back in the lineup Thursday against the Avalanche after missing two games because of a right ankle sprain. He tallied an assist in 17:41 of ice time and finished at even. Kane had his first point in four games.
Analysis: Kane is going to the All-Star game in late January after posting 42 points in 36 games thus far. In just his second NHL season Kane is turning into NHL superstar and must-start Fantasy option. Luckily this ankle sprain turned out to be minor. Get him active heading into Week 15 (Jan. 12-18).
News: Chicago played without leading scorer Patrick Kane, who missed his second successive game with a high right ankle sprain, Tuesday against the Coyotes. He remains questionable heading into Thursday against the Avalanche.
Analysis: Ankle injuries can sometimes be problematic, so Chicago will likely hold out Kane as long as they need. He could be back within the week, so continue to keep tabs on him leading up to Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 12-18). The second-year player is a must-start Fantasy option when healthy.
News: The Chicago Daily Herald reports that Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane re-aggravated an ankle injury in the Winter Classic and will miss Sunday's game vs. Calgary. "It's nothing long term," Coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday.
Analysis: Kane has 41 points in 35 games this season and is a must-start Fantasy option when healthy. Luckily for his Fantasy owners, Chicago plays four times in Fantasy Week 14 (Jan. 5-11), so Kane might still play in three games if he isn't back for Tuesday's trip to Phoenix. We would call him a low-risk Fantasy start in the period.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored a goal in Friday's game against Calgary. He has points in three straight games and in five of his last six.
Analysis: Kane has five points in his last three games and has scored goals in back-to-back games. He remains a must-start option in all formats through thick and thin.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored and added two assists in a rout of the Oilers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Kane now has nine points in seven December games and 37 on the season. He remains a must-start option in all formats.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane tallied his 13th goal of the season Wednesday in a win over the Senators. He also uncharacteristically took three high-sticking penalties.
Analysis: Kane has a five-game point streak and 33 on the season. Kane wasn't the No. 1 pick in 2007 for no reason and he is showing why. Kane is already a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane assisted twice in a loss to the Red Wings on Saturday to go over 30 points for the season.
Analysis: Kane now has five points in his last three games and is now tied for eighth in the NHL with 31 points. Kane wasn't the No. 1 pick in 2007 for no reason and he is showing why. Kane is already a must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane had a goal (his 12th) and an assist (his 16th) during Saturday's game against the Kings. He has four goals and three assists in his last six games.
Analysis: Kane has shown no signs of a sophomore slump after his rookie-of-the-year season, but he has turned into more of a goal-scorer than the setup man he was last year. That's because Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp have developed into reliable centers. Kane wasn't the No. 1 pick in 2007 for no reason and he is showing why. Kane is already a must-start Fantasy option.
News:Patrick Kane had a pair of goals for the Blackhawks during Thursday's 6-3 win against the Stars. Chicago tied it at 1 with 37 seconds left in the first period on Kane's wrister from the left circle. Kane added an empty-netter with 15.9 seconds left for his second two-goal game of the season.
Analysis: Kane has now recorded a point in eight of his last nine games. He has five multi-point games in that span. Kane had just two points in his first four games this season but has since exploded for 22 points in his last 14 games. The reigning Calder Trophy honoree has not let down expectations in 2008-09 and looks even better than he did when he took home the NHL's top rookie award last season. Kane has emerged as a reliable must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored a goal and added an assist in 17:53 of ice time Sunday against the Sharks. Kane chipped in with a power-play goal 17:52 into the second period. It was his second goal in four games and eighth on the season. He has nine points (seven assists) in his last six games.
Analysis: The reigning Calder Trophy honoree has not let down expectations in 2008-09 and looks even better than he did when he took home the NHL's top rookie award last season. Kane has emerged as a reliable must-start Fantasy option.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane assisted in his fifth straight game Wednesday as Chicago fell in a shootout to the Bruins.
Analysis: Kane now has 10 points in his last five games as the Blackhawks are really starting to heat up. Kane is turning into a superstar in the NHL and remains a must-start in all Fantasy formats.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored his seventh goal and added two assists in a 6-1 rout of the Flames on Sunday. Kane now has nine points (2G, 7A) in his last four games.
Analysis: Chicago only had two games in Fantasy Week 5 (Nov. 3-10), but Kane still managed to put up five points in the period. He is turning into a superstar in the NHL and remains a must-start in all Fantasy formats.
News:Patrick Kane had a goal and two assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars on Friday. Kane put Chicago ahead 2-1 with 1:10 left in the first when he took a pass from Martin Havlat to complete a 2-on-1 break. Kane assisted on goals by defensemen Cam Barker and Brent Sopel. He now has five goals and five assists in his last six games.
Analysis: Kane has three multi-point games in his last six outings. He already has 11 points in 10 games and is looking even better in Year 2 after taking home the Calder Trophy in 2007-08. There is a reason why he was the first overall pick in 2007. Start Kane as a high-end Fantasy forward.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored a goal during Saturday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Red Wings. Kane scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 7:27 left in the third period to tie it at 5 and set up overtime. He now has four goals and three assists in his last four games.
Analysis: Kane is clearly showing why in 2008-09 he took home the Calder Trophy (top rookie) in 2007-08. He has nine points in eight games and continues to develop as an offensive threat. Start Kane as a high-end Fantasy forward.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane recorded a goal and two assists in Chicago's win over Vancouver on Sunday night, producing his second straight three-point game.
Analysis: Kane is enjoying his time on the top line in Chicago with Justin Versteeg and Jonathan Toews so far, with eight points already this season. He remains a high-end Fantasy option.
News:Patrick Kane scored two goals and added an assist for the Blackhawks during a 4-3 shootout loss Saturday. Kane scored his second goal of the season just 40 seconds in. Blues goalie Manny Legace gave up a big rebound when he couldn't handle Kris Versteeg's soft shot from the right circle. Kane slipped past defenseman Eric Brewer and slid the puck past Legace. Kane got his second goal three minutes into the third period. With the Blackhawks on a power play, Kane took a pass from Brian Campbell, skated in on Legace and wristed a shot over the goalie's right shoulder for a 3-1 lead. Chicago is 2-for-22 this season on power plays. The second-year center also finished at plus-2.
Analysis: Kane had his first multi-point night Saturday after having just two points in his first four games. It wasn't a surprise that his big night came in Joel Quenneville's coaching debut for Chicago. Kane will continue to be a featured player despite a new coaching staff and remains a high-end Fantasy option.
News: Reigning NHL rookie of the year Patrick Kane scored a goal in Friday's 4-2 season-opening loss to the Rangers. Brian Campbell paid instant dividends on his eight-year, $57.12 million deal, racing the puck all the way up the ice and banking it off the left side of the net to Kane, who tied it 1-all with 2:42 left in the first. Kane finished at plus-1 and took two shots in 20:23 of ice time.
Analysis: Kane is already building off a successful first year and should have another banner campaign in 2008-09. He is currently on the second line with Patrick Sharp and Dustin Byfuglien, but Kane will remain a top-six forward all season and can be treated as a high-end Fantasy option.
News:Patrick Kane, who led rookies with 72 points (21 goals, 51 assists) in 82 games, is the first Blackhawks player to win the Calder Trophy (NHL's top rookie) since goalie Ed Belfour in 1990-91. He also edged Chicago linemate Jonathan Toews for the award. Toews led rookies with 24 goals despite missing more than a month with a knee injury. Nicklas Backstrom was second in rookie scoring with 69 points (14-55) in 82 games. A smiling Kane revealed he made a bet with Toews just before the awards show. "It was $500 for the winner. I'll take it," he said.
Analysis: Kane had some trouble in January and February when Toews was out with a knee injury, but the two clicked again in March and Kane had finished strong. Kane will likely be treated as a No. 3 Fantasy forward on Draft Day 2008, but could develop into a must-start option by season's end.
News:Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Nicklas Backstrom were chosen Wednesday as finalists for the Calder Trophy, given to the NHL's top rookie. Kane, the first pick in the 2007 draft, and Toews, the third pick the year before, are teammates on the Chicago Blackhawks. Backstrom plays for the Washington Capitals, who were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Philadelphia in seven games.
Analysis: Kane was the league's rookie points leader with 21 goals and 51 assists this season. He had some trouble in January and February when Toews was out with a knee injury, but the two clicked again in March and Kane had finished strong. Kane will likely be treated as a No. 3 Fantasy forward on Draft Day 2008, but could develop into a must-start option by season's end.
News: Blackhawks rookie RW Patrick Kane's power-play goal with 2:20 left Sunday against the Red Wings ended Dominik Hasek's shutout bid. It was Kane's 21st goal. He has scored in each of the last three games and ends his rookie season on a four-game points streak (three goals, four assists).
Analysis: Kane, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NHL draft, capped his rookie season with 72 points in 82 games. How often does a rookie dress and see considerable time in all 82 games his first season? That's how special of a player Kane is going to be. He and Jonathan Toews will make quite a pair next season in Chicago, and Kane will already be no worse than a No. 3 Fantasy forward come Draft Day 2008.
News: Blackhawks rookie RW Patrick Kane continued his march to the Calder Trophy on Sunday when he scored the game-winner in the extra session as Chicago kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 OT win over the Blues.
Analysis: Kane has six points in his last five games and 65 on the season. He remains a great long-term keeper, but is more of a No. 2 or No. 3 Fantasy forward at this time.
News:Patrick Kane tallied his 17th goal and also had an assist, and the Blackhawks snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-3 Friday night. Kane nudgeed the puck over the goal line as it was loose near the outstretched Fredrik Norrena.
Analysis: Kane scored his first goal in seven games. He remains a great long-term keeper, but is more of a No. 2 or No. 3 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane continued his march towards the Calder Trophy by assisting Sunday in a 6-5 OT loss to the Oilers. He now has seven points in his last five games.
Analysis: Kane was on fire earlier this season, but only had 18 points in 39 games from Dec.-Feb. Things look food to start March off, however. He remains a great long-term keeper, but is more of a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane, the NHL's first overall draft pick in 2007, had two goals and an assist to lead Chicago to a 4-1 victory Sunday night. With three points, Kane retook the NHL rookie scoring lead. He entered the game tied with idle Washington's Nicklas Backstrom with 52 points. Kane's power-play goal at 4:19 of the second made it 2-0. His screened shot from the slot bounced past Roberto Luongo's right side. Kane extended it to 4-1 with his second goal at 9:24 of the period. He knocked in a rebound of Ben Eager's shot out of the air at the right side of the crease.
Analysis: Kane has three goals and two assists in his last six games. He was a much better and more reliable Fantasy option before Jonathan Toews went down with an injury in early January. Kane opened the season with 10 or more points in the first two months, but hasn't accomplished that feat in the last three months. He remains a great long-term keeper, but is more of a No. 3 or No. 4 Fantasy forward at this time.
News: NHL rookie points leader Patrick Kane opened the scoring for the Blackhawks who beat the Wild 3-0 on Wednesday night. Kane scored the only goal of the first period 3:49 into the game. Trailing on a rush, he fired in a rebound after Harding had made a point-blank pad save on Robert Lang's one-time shot. Chicago is 5-1-1 in its last seven.
Analysis: Kane has posted points in four of the last five games, showing that his offensive production is back up now that Jonathan Toews has returned from a knee injury. The two make a formidable pair and Kane can once again be trusted as a No. 3 Fantasy forward.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane tallied an assist Sunday against the Avalanche to extend his points streak to three games. He has one goal and three assists in that span. He came into Sunday at plus-4 in his previous two games, but was dealt a minus-1 rating Sunday.
Analysis: Kane now has at least one point in four of his last five games and his offensive production is back up now that Jonathan Toews has returned from a knee injury. The two make a formidable pair and Kane can once again be trusted as a No. 3 Fantasy forward.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane scored his first goal in nine games Wednesday against the Blue Jackets. James Wisniewski cranked up for a slap shot from the top of the left circle then spotted Kane streaking toward the net and passed to him for an easy tap-in. He now has 13 goals on the season.
Analysis: Kane was really lost on the ice without fellow rookie Jonathan Toews, who recently returned from a knee injury. As soon as he is back in the groove, that should mean great things for Kane. He is still a solid long-term keeper and flier in Fantasy leagues. But use him as a No. 4 Fantasy forward until he really heats up.
News:Patrick Kane and Martin Havlat scored in the shootout against Phoenix goalie Ilja Bryzgalov to clinch a shootout win for the second straight night. Kane also had an assist on Brent Seabrook's sixth goal.
Analysis: Kane has 12 goals and 33 assists to this point of the season. Consider Kane a must-start No. 2 Fantasy forward in all formats.
News:Patrick Kane scored in regulation and also in the shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. Kane gave the Blackhawks the lead just 2:32 into the game with his 11th goal of the season. Kane got behind the Avalanche defenders and Martin Havlat hit him with a pass at Colorado's blueline.
Analysis: Kane has 12 goals and 32 assists so far this season. Kane was without a goal for nine games before scoring in the last two in a row. He remains a must-start No. 2 Fantasy forward in all formats.
News: Rookie Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist in the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night. Kane made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 1:02 of the second period when he fired a one-time shot after taking a cross-ice pass from Dustin Byfuglien. Kane also scored an empty-net goal with 5:22 left when St. Louis coach Andy Murray pulled goalie Marek Schwarz for an extra attacker with 6:50 left.
Analysis: The goals were Kane's first in 10 games. He has just seven points since the calendar year turned. This might've been what Kane needed to get his production going again. Kane remains a must-start No. 2 Fantasy forward in all formats.
News: Blackhawks rookie RW Patrick Kane recorded his 40th point of the season Sunday when he assisted during a 3-2 shootout win over the Predators. He also scored in the shootout.
Analysis: Kane has nine goals and 31 assists this season, and could well be on his way to earning the Calder Memorial Trophy for being the best rookie this season. He only has four points since the calendar turned, but you know Kane will break out of this little slump soon enough. He remains a must-start No. 2 Fantasy forward in all formats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Blackhawks rookie Patrick Kane was stopped by Marty Turco on a second period penalty shot Wednesday. Kane fired just wide of the right post after lifting the shot over the diving Turco's glove. The goal would have been Kane's first point in three games.
Analysis: Kane managed a six-game points streak from Dec. 23-Jan. 4 with one goal and six assists in that span. He has since failed to record a point in three games and is at minus-3. Maybe he misses Jonathan Toews (knee) more than we initially thought. Kane is still a solid Fantasy option until told otherwise. Hopefully he can snap out of this funk soon.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane used an assist on a Patrick Sharp goal Friday against the Ducks to extend his points streak to six games. He has one goals and six assists in that stretch. Kane also got into a little trouble Friday by netting a hooking penalty.
Analysis: Kane lost fellow rookie and linemate Jonathan Toews earlier in the week to a knee injury that will keep him out for a month, but Kane hasn't slowed down. He is up to 30 assists and continues to be a driving force for the Blackhawks. Start him in all Fantasy formats.
News: Blackhawks rookie RW Patrick Kane extended his point streak to five games when he assisted on Chicago's first goal in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes on Thursday night.
Analysis: Kane might have a nice point streak going, but he has a minus-5 rating over his last two games. That stat will kill owners in leagues that bring plus-minus into consideration. Still, he remains a solid No. 2 or 3 Fantasy forward in all formats.
News: Blackhawks rookie RW Patrick Kane tallied an assist and finished at plus-1 during Sunday's game against the Kings. He was also hit with a two-minute hooking penalty. He now has an assist in three straight games to go along with one goal.
Analysis: Kane has also managed a plus-4 rating in his last three games and is at plus-1 on the season. Kane has been an outstanding rookie to date and has earned your trust as a high-end Fantasy option.
News:Thomas Vanek had a goal and assist, and Ryan Miller made 26 saves to spoil Patrick Kane's homecoming and help lift Buffalo to a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. The game was Kane's first in his hometown. The No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft grew up about six miles from the Sabres' downtown arena, and had about 500 family and friends in attendance at the game. "It was a tough game," Kane said. "There was a little bit of a distraction. I was probably the only one who could really get up for this game." Kane received a warm ovation when his name was announced after he was called for a hooking penalty in the first period. "The guy in the penalty box even said to me, 'You can't go wrong tonight,"' Kane said.
Analysis: It wasn't all bad for the rookie Saturday. Kane opened the scoring at 2:35 of the first with his first goal in 14 games. From behind the goal line, Patrick Sharp fed Kane, who was just coming into the slot. Kane one-timed the puck past Miller along the ice for his eighth goal. The rookie also has 23 assists this season and continues to be a rookie sensation. He remains a solid No. 2 Fantasy forward.
News: Long before he learned to skate, Patrick Kane appeared on a hockey poster. If the Blackhawks' rookie keeps playing the way he has, he'll wind up on plenty more. The top pick in the NHL draft in June is playing a prominent role for Chicago, which is putting together a season that could lead to the playoffs after it missed eight of the previous nine postseasons. Led by the curly haired 19-year-old, who looks like he's 14, the Original Six franchise is generating a buzz and starting to reconnect with its fans. Kane had 25 points, more than any other rookie, heading into the Blackhawks' game against Phoenix on Friday night. Not bad for someone who just finished high school.
Analysis: Kane had a great game on Wednesday against the Lightning with three assists. He has struggled recently, but the rookie is an explosive player and has the ability to reel off points in a hurry. The rookie Kane continues to post solid stat lines and he is now a must-start Fantasy option 24 games into his first NHL season.
News:Patrick Kane, the NHL's rookie scoring leader, had three assists against Tampa Bay Wednesday.
Analysis: The rookie Kane continues to post solid stat lines and he is now a must-start Fantasy option 24 games into his first NHL season.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane picked up a power-play goal and had an assist during Friday's 4-2 win over the Blues. He also finished at plus-1. Kane has three goals and three assists in his last six games.
Analysis: The rookie Kane continues to post solid stat lines and has emerged as a must-start Fantasy option less than 20 games into his first NHL season.
News:The Sports Xchange notes: The Blackhawks continue to get good play from rookie stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Both players added an assist on Sunday against Nashville. After this week's stretch of home games, the Hawks take their traditional two-week road trip while a circus takes over the United Center. This year, the trip consists of six straight road games, but they'll come home for a few days after the first three.
Analysis: Toews has scored in 11 of his 12 NHL games. Kane, at 18 the Hawks' youngest player, is their leading scorer with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists). Toews is averaging a point per game and that is just fine by Fantasy standards. Both have emerged as must-start skaters in all Fantasy leagues. Kane is tied for ninth in the NHL in points right now. Kane's 16 points in the month of October are the most since Teemu Selanne had 20 for Winnipeg and Joe Juneau had 17 for Boston in 1992-93.
News: Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane continued his solid rookie campaign with one goal and one assist Wednesday against the Stars. He finished with an even rating. Kane has five goals and seven assists in his last six games.
Analysis: Kane continues to be one of the most productive Blackhawks. He now has five goals and 11 assists in just 12 career games. Did we forget to mention that he is only 18-years-old? He has emerged as a must-start in most Fantasy formats and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats.
News: Chicago's Patrick Kane, the NHL's first overall draft pick last summer, scored a power-play goal in the second period during Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Thrashers. All four of his career goals have come in the last five games. He also has six assists in that span.
Analysis: Kane continues to be one of the most productive Blackhawks. He has emerged as a must-start in most Fantasy formats and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats.
News: Patrick Kane, the first overall pick in this year's draft, posted two goals and he added two assists to record his third straight multi-point game on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets. "I didn't play that well," Kane said. "I think I just got the bounces. Things kind of went my way.
Analysis: Kane leads the Blackhawks with 13 points (3 G, 10 A). He has emerged as a must-start in most Fantasy formats and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats. He'll look to stay hot in Thursday's game at Boston.
News: Blackhawks rookie Patrick Kane scored his first NHL goal and added two assists, including one on Tuomo Ruutu's winner, during Friday's 5-3 win over the Avalanche. The 18-year-old Kane, who was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft, finished the game with a plus-1 rating and spent two minutes in the penalty box.
Analysis: Don't look now folks, but Kane has at least one point in five of his last six games. He has six assists on the season and Friday was his first multi-point outing of his career. He is currently playing on the top line because of injuries, but might stay there if he remains hot. Now might be the time to take a flier on Kane in all Fantasy formats. He has Evengi Malkin, Rookie of the Year-type potential. He wasn't the top pick for nothing.
News: The Chicago Tribune reports Rene Bourque is expected to be sidelined for at least a week due to a mild groin strain. He suffered the injury in Saturday's overtime win against the Red Wings. He was replaced by Kane on the top line.
Analysis: With Bourque on the sidelines, it appears rookie Patrick Kane will stay on the top scoring line with Robert Lang and Jason Williams. Kane remains a solid play in deeper weekly Fantasy leagues and is a must-start in all long-term keeper formats.
News: Blackhawks rookie RW Patrick Kane, the No. 1 pick overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, is just four games into his NHL career but is playing like a seasoned vet. Kane picked up another assist during Friday's game against the Red Wings and now has one assist in his last three games.
Analysis: Kane is worth a look as a No. 5 or 6 Fantasy forward in leagues of 12 or more teams and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats. But if he keeps on playing like he has in the opening games, he will soon be a must-start Fantasy option. Take a flier now if you have the room.
News: The Chicago Tribune reports rookie phenom Jonathan Toews (finger) is expected to be able to make his NHL debut on Wednesday night against San Jose. Toews is expected to skate with top draft pick Patrick Kane and Tuomo Ruutu on a line against the Sharks.
Analysis: Kane has managed an assist in two games so far during his early career. A combination of Kane and Toews should be fun to watch and a combination for many years to come in the Windy City. Kane is worth a look as a No. 5 or 6 Fantasy forward in leagues of 12 or more teams and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats.
News: Patrick Kane made his NHL debut in Thursday's regular season opener at Minnesota, but it was rather uneventful in a 1-0 loss. He was scoreless with two shots on goal with an even rating in 16:44 of ice time. "I felt pretty good out there," he said. "It all comes down to working hard and playing with confidence. I guess it would've been really nice if we got the win, but all in all it's OK."
Analysis: Kane managed a goal and assist in six preseason games. He is worth a look as a No. 5 or 6 Fantasy forward in leagues of 12 or more teams and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats.
News: Patrick Kane, the No. 1 pick overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, is excited for his NHL debut on Thursday night in Minnesota. "You don't think it's going to happen at 18 years old, but now that the opportunity is here I'll try to make the most of it and hopefully it will work out well," Kane told the Chicago Tribune.
Analysis: Kane managed a goal and assist in six preseason games. He is worth a look as a No. 5 or 6 Fantasy forward in leagues of 12 or more teams and is a must-have in all long-term keeper formats.
News: Patrick Kane, the first pick overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, played his first game with the Blackhawks in Wednesday's preseason game against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: The 18-year-old right wing opened the game on a line with fellow rookies Jonathan Toews, a center and the Blackhawks' first-round pick in 2006, and Kris Versteeg. Kane saw limited ice time, going scoreless in 15:25 of ice time. He is worth a look in deeper Fantasy leagues and all long-term keeper formats.
News: The Chicago Blackhawks last month made Patrick Kane their first No. 1 draft choice in club history. He shook hands with the front office and slipped the hallowed jersey over his slight torso as the flashbulbs popped. Kane signed the NHL's maximum entry-level contract for three years. "Patrick is a dynamic and exciting young player," Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We're pleased that he will begin a long and productive career with the Blackhawks when we open camp on Sept. 13. Patrick will get every opportunity to earn a spot on the opening night roster."
Analysis: The Blackhawks have made it known they wanted whomever they chose with the top pick to play in the NHL immediately. The Blackhawks owned the fifth-worst record last season and scored the second fewest goals. He is worth a late-round pick on Draft Day and he should be squirreled away in all long-term keeper formats.