Kane was named captain of Team USA for the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championship, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports. Kane's NHL season didn't finish as he would have hoped, as the Blackhawks ended up missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but he won't let that disappointment stop him from continuing his hockey season into May. The American sniper had a disappointing year by his standards in 2017-18, totaling 27 goals and 76 points in 82 games, but Chicago's offense struggled as a whole, so it would hardly be surprising to see him return to his point-per-game form next campaign.
Kane set up Erik Gustafsson's goal in the third period of Friday's 4-1 loss to St. Louis. It's been a rotten year for the Blackhawks, but Kane has still been a solid player even in what's been a down year by his lofty standards. He'll finish with his lowest points-per-game since 2012, but he's still managed to reach 75 points in an otherwise lost year in the Windy City.
Kane potted a goal and added an assist during Thursday's 6-2 win over Winnipeg. It's been a disappointing season for Kane and the Blackhawks. He's in danger of failing to score at a point-per-game pace for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, and his minus-18 rating is also a career-worst mark. Still, with everything crumbling around him, Kane's 27 goals and 47 assists are solid numbers. Additionally, while there's a chance he's past his offensive prime, the 29-year-old winger should continue to be viewed as one of the most reliable scorers in the league.
Kane picked up two assists in a 5-3 loss to Buffalo on Saturday. The points extended his current scoring streak to four games and six points, including five assists. Kane has 12 points, including 10 helpers, in his last 10 games and 69 points in 72 games. Aside from his outstanding 2015-16 where he tallied 106 points, Kane has been a fairly consistent point-per-game player. Kane is 29 years old and certainly has several more excellent seasons in him.
Kane scored a power-play goal and added an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Bruins on Sunday. The former MVP is having a strong start to March, as he has two goals and eight points in seven games this month. But Kane needs even more to make up for his subpar February. In large part because of that poor month, Kane could finish with less than a point per game for the first time since 2011-12.
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