The Chicago Blackhawks are used to getting excellent results from winger Patrick Kane, and he hasn’t disappointed them so far this season as he’s helped them get back into contention atop the Central Division.
A big part of that production came in the month of December, as Kane scored eight goals and dished out nine assists in 13 games. Over that stretch, the Blackhawks went 10-2-1, and they have further cemented their status as Stanley Cup contenders.
Because of that production, Kane was honored as the Second Star of the month by the NHL on Friday afternoon. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets was named the Third Star, and Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was named First Star, as he scored five goals and added 15 assists as the Ducks opened the month with seven straight wins and ended it atop the rough-and-tumble Pacific Division.
After his great month, Kane is now ranked fifth in the NHL in points with 41, and he’s tied for sixth in goals with 18. He’s on pace to set career highs in both categories, and if he can get over the 90-point plateau for the first time in his career (his career high is 88 points), he could very well find himself on the short-list of candidates for the Hart Trophy at the end of the season.