The Chicago Blackhawks are on the brink of elimination, and Patrick Kane is missing in action. Kane is still tied for fourth on the Blackhawks roster with 11 points, but is he injured or unable to perform during this series?
Chicago is only three wins away from a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals, and one of their top scorers has gone silent. Kane has scored only one goal in the last nine games. To compound the issue, Kane has only registered one assist during the Western Conference Finals. There are a few possibilities for the lack of production, but nether possibility will help save the Blackhawks.
There is the chance that Kane has suffered an injury of some sort, and because it’s the NHL Playoffs the Blackhawks are not reporting anything. If injured I would assume that it is nothing
too serious, the Blackhawks wouldn’t risk losing Kane for what they hope is a chance to skate around the rink with the Stanley Cup. The normally durable Kane hasn’t seemed like himself lately, and an injury could be what is leading to the lack of production.
The second and what some will say the most likely possibility is that the Los Angeles Kings have found a way to shut down Kane; making him unable to produce. If that is the case there is nothing the Blackhawks can do. Every once in a while a team is able to completely shut down a star player, and maybe that is what the Kings are doing. The only problem with this possibility is the lack of goal scoring. One goal in nine games doesn’t suggest it’s all the Kings doing.
For Kane fans watching the past two rounds must not be a lot of fun. The Chicago Blackhawks have had a leg cut out from under them, and unless Kane can get back up on his skate and start being part of the solution and not part of the problem the Blackhawks will be booking tee-times come Thursday morning