Tag:Patrick Kane
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 12:36 pm
 

Show to follow NHL players, starting with Kane

By Brian Stubits

There is no denying the success of sports reality shows (the real ones, not shows like Pros vs. Joes). Best I can remember, it all started with HBO's Hard Knocks series where the cameras followed an NFL team through training camp. The show has been a hit every season it has been on.

Then last year HBO showed it can work just as well with hockey, running the 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic series featuring the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. It, too, was a big hit so HBO is rolling out the series again this year, debuting on Wednesday of this week featuring the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. The excitement is high, people can't wait to see more of what we watched last year.

So clearly, inside-the-ropes shows are all the rage these days. That's why the NHL is getting in on the act in another way, launching NHL 36, a 30-minute show to air on Versus that will follow an NHL player through a normal day. The pilot episode will feature Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.

And wouldn't you know it, the show is set to air this Wednesday, Dec. 14. As in the same day as the HBO series. But they won't compete, so you can catch both. NHL 36 will air before the national game on Versus, so it will be shown at 6:30 ET.

Here's more from the press release.

Providing the ultimate behind-the-scenes peek into the life of this NHL superstar, NHL 36 takes viewers into Kane's world for 36 straight hours as he lives the life of a not-so-average 23-year-old. Through an array of microphones and isolated cameras, the 30-minute documentary will offer unique insight into Kane's game on the ice. The show also will feature interviews with Kane's family.

"We are excited about the opportunity to create individual player portraits with unprecedented depth -- at home with family, out with friends and in the workplace," said Ross Greenburg, executive producer, NHL 36. "Wherever they go, whatever they do, our cameras are there, capturing what a day in the life is like for some of the biggest names in the NHL."

"NHL 36 is a great new series that is part of the high-quality storytelling and production values of NBC Sports," said Sam Flood, Executive Producer for NBC Sports and VERSUS. "It's an example of programming that dives deeper into the sport and its players, and one that viewers can expect to see more of from the new NBC Sports Network."

No word yet if the show will have any footage of a night out on the town with Kane or he and Jonathan Toews meeting girls in local cafes.

Right now the show is scheduled to feature 10 players. If it's a success, you can imagine there will be more after that. Who doesn't love these behind-the-scenes shows?

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:15 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Check out Carey Price's All-Star campaign video

By Brian Stubits

All-Star campaigns have existed as long as fans voted for all-stars. Hockey is no different.

There were the Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews dueling campaign ads. And who could forget the Rory Fitzpatrick campaign?

Then there is this one from Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.

Not like a good goaltender playing in a city like Montreal needs much help getting all-star votes. I don't see how this is going to help his cause. But apparently this is a takeoff of something funny in Montreal. Beats me.

H/t to Pro Hockey Talk

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Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Blackhawks move Patrick Kane back to right wing

By Brian Stubits

There's a reason why Patrick Kane's move to center was called an experiment by the Blackhawks. It's because it was not guaranteed to be permanent. Now it's guaranteed it WON'T be permanent as he was moved to his original position of right wing on Thursday.

Kane had been playing at center since just before the season began due to some concerns about the depth of the position on the roster. But now, after 24 games, there is more than enough confidence in Marcus Kruger's ability to play big minutes in the middle. So much, in fact, that he was moved up to the second-line center, the spot Kane held, while Kane was reunited with Jonathan Toews on the first line.

"Once I start playing and get a few shifts under my belt I'll realize what I used to do on the ice at that position," Kane told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. "I used to be good at it, setting up plays and different things like that. I've been playing [wing] since I was 15 years old so that's seven, eight years under my belt and you develop a game over there so I'm excited to be back."

Considering the success he has had in his career playing alongside Toews, that only makes sense. Although it isn't as if his scoring has suffered from moving to center. Despite zero goals and three assists in his last six games, Kane still has 24 points (7-17--24) in 25 games this season. Still, it's typically a good idea to have your talented players in a natural position.

"I felt that I got pretty comfortable at the position," Kane said of center. "I'll still try to do some things I did at center where you're trying to get the puck a lot down low, moving up ice. "It was definitely a bit of a challenge, especially playing a position seven, eight years you get so used to playing the right side. I don't think (playing center) is totally out of the books yet; it's something they probably could go back to if they need it."

Well, welcome back to the top line. Now he gets to play with Toews again and perhaps get more opportunities to show off how exactly he scores goals.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Chicago's power play will improve

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Pucks and Numbers: a weekly statistical look at what's happening around the NHL. This week: A look at the struggling Chicago Blackhawks power play that may not be as bad as its early season numbers indicate.

By: Adam Gretz


The Chicago Blackhawks power play has been struggling to score goals through the first month-and-a-half of the season, which is kind of surprising given the talent they have on the on their roster. Not to mention the fact they were one of the best teams in the NHL on the man advantage last season, finishing with the fourth best power play percentage in the league.

Entering last week's game against Columbus, the Blackhawks owned the worst power play percentage in the NHL, converting on just eight percent of their chances on the man advantage. Certainly not something you would expect for a team that boasts players like Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews.

During that game against the Blue Jackets, which Chicago won 6-3, the Blackhawks used an interesting alignment on their second power play unit (which we wrote about here) sending three defensemen out on to the ice -- Duncan Keith, Nick Leddy and Steve Montador, with Montador positioning himself in front of the net as if he were Chicago's version of Tomas Holmstrom.

Not only did the seemingly makeshift line generate some offense, it scored twice for what was Chicago's first game of the season with multiple power play goals. Two games later in another 6-3 win, this time against the Edmonton Oilers, the same group of players scored another goal on the man advantage, with Montador again standing in the slot and re-directing a Leddy one-timer into the cage. In three games this week Montador scored two power play goals and assisted on another, after scoring just two power play goals over the first 11 years of his career. Crazy stuff.

Over that three game stretch (all Chicago wins) the Blackhawks power play has converted on four of its 11 attempts to help them climb from 30th in the NHL up to 24th. In the 15 games prior the unit was just 5-for-57.

Was the power play really that bad -- or underachieving -- over the first 15 games of the season? And was the presence of Montador in front of the net all they needed to get the ship going in the right direction?

Not exactly. Though, you have to give Montador credit for filling in and doing his job extremely well. (It's worth noting that Toews told Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday that Montador's experience on the PK may be serving him well in his new role. “He does a great job of boxing guys out on the penalty kill in front of our net, so he’s a workhouse ... He’s good at getting himself open when he’s on offense.”)

Small sample sizes early in the season can create some misleading percentages, and it's been found that one of the best indicators of future power play success is the number of shots on goal a team generates (you can read about it in part here). So far this season the Blackhawks have been one of the best teams in the NHL when it comes to getting shots on goal during 5-on-4 play, and prior to their recent three-game power play explosion, they had a shooting percentage of around 5 percent on the power play.

In three different games over the first month Chicago had at least 10 power play shots on a given night and failed to score. How long could that really continue? Kane and Hossa, for example, each have 17 shots on goal at 5-on-4 with no goals (Hossa's one power play goal this year came during a 5-on-3). That, too, will not continue.

We saw something similar take place with the Detroit Red Wings a couple of weeks ago during their panic-inducing six-game losing streak when their offense all but disappeared. They were still dominating their opponents in the shots department, but were going through a run where, as a team, they had an incredibly low (and unsustainable) shooting percentage. Eventually that was going to turn around (and it did. They've since won four games in a row, scoring 18 goals).

I'm not sure how long Montador is going to keep finding the back of the net on the power play, but I am confident that as long as heavy hitters in the scoring department (Kane, Toews, Sharp, Hossa) keep generating chances and shots, the goals will start to return.

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Posted on: November 10, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Steve Montador is here to fix 'Hawks power play



By: Adam Gretz

The Chicago Blackhawks entered Thursday's game in Columbus with the worst power play unit in the NHL, converting on just five of their 57 attempts on the man advantage. That was not going to continue, simply because the Blackhawks have too many gifted playmakers and too much firepower on the roster to allow it to continue.

Perhaps all they needed was a game with the Columbus Blue Jackets to get things going in the right direction. Or maybe they just needed to give Steve Montador, of all people, a little bit of time on the power play.

During their 6-3 win over the Blue Jackets, who continue to secure their spot at the bottom of the NHL standings, the Blackhawks had a breakout game of sorts on the power play, going 2-for-3 during the win. It was the first time all season they scored more than one power play goal in a game, which is definitely good news. The surprising development isn't so much that they finally started to score, it's that it wasn't the usual suspects -- Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa -- getting the goals. And not only were they not the ones getting the goals, they weren't even on the ice.

Both power play goals came with the same group of players on the ice: Duncan Keith, Steve Montador, Nick Leddy, Andrew Brunette and Marcus Kruger. That's three defensemen and two forwards.

Montador is probably the most surprising name on the list, seeing as how entering Thursday night he had played just 8:32 of power play time during the regular season. That's an average of just 32 seconds per game. And not only did he play nearly two minutes on the power play on Thursday, the Blackhawks had him planted in front of the net, and he ended up recording two points, including his first goal of the season (shown above) as well as a helper on a power play goal scored by Brunette.

It was Montador's first power play goal since Jan. 29, 2008, and only the third of his career, so you probably shouldn't get used to seeing this.

Nice night for a struggling Blackhawks power play unit, and another ugly night for the Blue Jackets, whose record now stands at 2-12-1.

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Posted on: November 1, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Tim Thomas, Patrick Kane star in credit card ads

By Brian Stubits

When you think of running commercial ad campaigns, it's a painful process to think of good ones. Think of how awful that Taco Bell dog was. In my mind, none are worse than the Progressive Insurance ones featuring Flo that inexplicably are still being played. I've never known of anybody who likes those ads.

But one campaign I haven't found bothersome at all, and in fact still sort of funny? The Discover Card ads with Peggy from USA Prime Credit. Apparently they were so in love with their ad featuring Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard that Discover made a pair of new hockey-personality ads.

The first also features a Stanley Cup tie in, meaning it Stars Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup winner Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.

Quality commercial, certainly good for a laugh. But I'm left with one question -- well OK, there are more such as why do these people only carry one card, but just one I want to bring up -- what kind of stalker doesn't recognize her obsession when he's right there?

On to the next ...

The second commercial stars Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. He is not in a taxi cab (fill in the joke here) but instead in a hotel trying to pay the bill.

Kane. Patrick. I love the James Bond name delivery. And the face on the stick hockey players? Good touch.

Not bad, Thomas and Kane. Now to hockey fans with NHL Center Ice at home, be prepared to be sick of these commercials by Thanksgiving. Then hopefully they will begin planning for future shoots. Who should be next?

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Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:44 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 11:53 pm
 

Video: Patrick Kane's spin-o-rama pass

By: Adam Gretz

We thought Anze Kopitar's saucer pass to Simon Gagne from last week was going to be one of the best assists we see all season. And when all is said and done, it probably still will be. But he picked up some competition on Tuesday night when Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane managed to pull off this incredible spin-o-rama blind pass to set up his teammate, Marian Hossa, midway through the second period of Chicago's 3-2 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks.



Outstanding. Kane would add another assist later in the game on a Patrick Sharp goal, but it wasn't anywhere near as beautiful as the one above, and also score the game-winning goal in the shootout.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 12:25 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 12:57 am
 

Blackhawks will rebound and lift the Cup again

By Brian Stubits

Last season there was a hangover in Chicago. Champagne-induced ones are the worst. That's a big reason why the Blackhawks had to fight at season's end to earn the West's final playoff spot.

But like a regular ol' college student, a day after being bed-ridden it's time to party again. That's my forecast for this season's Stanley Cup: a return to the Madhouse on Madison.

By now everybody has heard enough about the salary cap trouble Chicago found itself in. Former GM Dale Tallon gets a lot of credit for building a Stanley Cup winner, but when he was forced out of town, there was more than a parade to clean up after. For that, current GM Stan Bowman deserves a lot of credit.

Chicago was so crippled by their cap crunch that they lost a few key players to their championship like Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Antti Niemi and Kris Versteeg. But the core remained, and now Bowman has reshuffled the cards to stack the deck around said core again.

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Welcome into the fold Andrew Brunette, Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Steve Montador and Sean O'Donnell to the existing group that includes two of the best young players in the game of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, it's a solid group that also now has a true grinder line. Add the apparent solution to the goal riddle with Corey Crawford and you can see why optimism is back in the Windy City.

Three reasons to like the Blackhawks:

1. Skill: There are three players on this team that topped the 70-point mark last season. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp are each capable of doing it again. Marian Hossa is right there with them. If second-round draft pick Brandon Saad really is as good as he showed this preseason as he earned a spot on Chicago's TOP line, then it's an unexpected lethal addition.

2. Defense: Oh yeah, the group on the blue line has some skill, too. There's a past Norris Trophy winner who will be in the conversation again this season in Duncan Keith. He's a horse for Chicago. Last season he played more minutes than any skater in hockey. He is teamed up with another outstanding and young defenseman in Brent Seabrook. The belief is that they don't have to rely on those two as uch this season as the corps got deeper, adding Montador and O'Donnell to round out a rock solid group that also includes Niklas Hjalmarsson and Nick Leddy. But the big key is Crawford. He was very impressive in his first full season and with a group like that in front of him, can continue to look stellar.

3. Chemistry: I'm not a massive believer in the intangibles in sports, but you can't deny its impact, especially among linemates. This group in Chicago doesn't seem to have any personality problems on the horizon as it is a close-knit group. "We've had that chemistry right from Day 1 -- no question about it," the veteran Sharp said on Wednesday. "When you bring in veteran players who have had success all across the league on different teams it seems like there's one excitement in the room." Let me put it this way; good chemistry can't hurt matters. Also under intangibles: They have been there before.

Photo: Getty Images

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