CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks still haven't found a prototypical center for their second line, but they have a great way to compensate.
The answer is simple.
Rather than keeping right wing Patrick Kane with captain Jonathan Toews on the top line, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville prefers to split them up. Kane goes to right wing on the second line, Marian Hossa plays right wing on the top unit, and usually it works to great success.
Since splitting from Toews about 10 games into the season, Kane's production got even better. He enters the Blackhawks' game Friday against the Vancouver Canucks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) second in the NHL in scoring with 46 points, five behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby.