The Chicago Blackhawks are one of the most unique teams in the NHL at the moment. Sitting at fourth in the Western Conference, and third in the Central Division, the team has won three Stanley Cups since 2010, when they ended a 50-year drought to capture the league’s most sacred trophy.
This summer, the team traded away Patrick Sharp, one of their best forwards, and later traded away defenseman Trevor Daley, who they got in the Sharp trade. They have also decided to waive Bryan Bickell, and after Kane was accused of rape, the team appeared to be headed in the wrong direction, as there were rumors swirling that they had spoken to eight teams regarding Kane.
However, it has been a turnaround for Kane. He has been unbelievable this season, and starting with the Hawks season opener, he rode a 26-game point streak, and is now leading the league in goals and points. Currently, he leads the league in points and assists, and he is currently competing with Jamie Benn, trailing in the goal-scoring race by one tally.
“Obviously, I feel honored and very fortunate to be involved with names like those,” Kane told the media when asked about his point streak, which matched the likes of Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky. “It’s something I’m [tried] not to think about too much. Just go out and play the game.”
He has been the difference maker this season, and so has Corey Crawford, who has gone from the Ice Hogs netminder to the team’s entrusted starter and a two-time Cup winner. He currently leads the league with six shutouts, and is helping backstop the Hawks to a win night in and night out.
Though the team has lost many of its pieces from last year’s Cup run, they can absolutely go for four. With Kane and Toews continuing their unbelievable chemistry, the former’s historical season and the team’s excellent backend, they have everything they need for a deep playoff run-for the fourth time in six years.
“Absolutely,” captain Toews said when asked if the team could go for another Cup. “There’s no doubt in my mind. That’s what we should be thinking, that’s how we should view ourselves.”