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Patrick Kane’s hot scoring streak is currently at 20 games and the numbers coming from it are producing more combinations than the lottery.
Kane’s performance so far this season ranks among the all-time greats to ever play the game of hockey. The word DOMINANCE is too obvious to use in describing Kaner’s outburst on the ice.
Let’s take a closer look at the numbers and no matter how you’ve followed him so far you may be surprised at how great he’s been and it’s scary that this current streak can go into another stratosphere for the best player in the NHL.
The Streak: 48 Days and 20 Games
Time On Ice: 429:30
+/- : +11
Kane at the United Center
*Scored a point in every home game this season
Setting the Pace
Kaner’s future looks so bright, you have to wear shades when looking at his numbers while projecting his outcome at the same time right?
Season On Pace Career High
Goals 15 49 30
Assists 23 79 58
Points 38 125 88
Power Play Goals 8 26 13
*November statistics for the NHL’s #1 Star of the month: Goals — 8, Assists — 15, Points — 23
Kane’s Place in History
Longest Point Streaks (American Born Players)
Games Season Career Points
Patrick Kane 19 2015-16 594
Phil Kessel 18 2008-09 535
Eddie Olczyk 18 1989-90 794
Brian Leetch 17 1991-92 1,028
NHL All-Time Scoring Streak List
Team Year Games
Wayne Gretzky Edmonton 1983 51
Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh 1989 46
Mats Sundin Quebec 1992 30
Guy Lefleur Montreal 1976 28
Paul Coffey Edmonton 1985 28
Steve Yzerman Detroit 1988 28
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 2010 25
Bobby Hull Chicago 1971 21
Patrick Kane Chicago 2015 20
Longest Point Streaks — Blackhawks History
Bobby Hull 1971-72 21
Patrick Kane 2015-16 20
Denis Savard 1985-86 19
Denis Savard 1981-82 18
Denis Savard 1987-88 16
Denis Savard 1987-88 16
Stan Mikita 1967-68 16
As the last month of 2015 commences, the Hawks will be very happy to return home to the United Center where they will have a total of nine games upcoming, the slate includes the Winnipeg Jets twice, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks. In their six road games this month the opponents will not be a walk in the park either, with the Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche and Buffalo Sabres welcoming Chicago.
As a team still in search of an identity, there’s a much needed opportunity to make up ground in the Central Division and once again develop a killer instinct on home ice. As usual, when the stakes are high and better competition comes calling, the Hawks rise to the occasion.
Peaking in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference standings and with the roster healthy, it’s time for the men in red to make their mark establishing themselves as a championship contender and put fear back into opponents heads. Two key stats to keep your eyes on for the month of December, penalty kill percentage ranked 16th in the NHL in goals per game, ranking 12th.
If the Hawks want to have a successful month to end the calendar year, the rankings of these two categories must improve to better standards.
To Hawks coach Joel Quenneville for coaching in his 1,400 career regular season game in the NHL on Tuesday. Quenneville looks more and more like a lock for the Hockey Hall of Fame, not only for his 3 Stanley Cups as a head man but for his placement in this elite class of longevity.
Scotty Bowman 2,141
Al Arbour 1,607
Dick Irvin 1,449
Ron Wilson 1,401
Joel Quennevile 1,400
Pat Quinn 1,400
Points: Patrick Kane (38); Goals: Kane (15); Assists: Kane (23); Penalty Minutes: Jonathan Toews (28); Goals Against Average: Corey Crawford (2.52)
Goals Per Game: 2.7 (12th in NHL)
Goals Against: 2.6 (12th in NHL)
Power Play: 22% (6th in NHL)
Penalty Kill: 81.4% (12th in NHL)
The Road Ahead (Through 12/9)*
Tonight at Ottawa Senators — 6:30 pm
Friday vs. Winnipeg Jets — 4 pm
Dec. 8 vs. Nashville Predators — 7:30 pm
*All times central
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