The first half of the season was eventful for the Blackhawks.
It started with the raising of the 2015 championship banner and included a franchise-record 12-game winning streak. Though perhaps the biggest storyline of the first half has been the play of Patrick Kane.
The winger, who is about to play in his fifth All-Star Game, recorded a team-record 26-game point streak and has a league-best 73 points at the break, earning the admiration of his peers in the NHL.
“I’ve seen him lots on the ice and in my nightmares,” Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk said. “But he’s a guy that comes up immediately when everybody starts talking about who the best player is.”
Added Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin: “He sees things that guys just can’t see, and it makes it a treat to watch and something you look out for when you’re playing against him.”
Should Kane stay on this pace, it would be the ninth time a Blackhawk has won the Art Ross, and he’d be the first American-born player to lead the league in points.
“Don’t want to look too far ahead or shed any light on what could be in the future,” Kane said Friday in Nashville. “I think right now I’m just trying to take it game by game. I’m enjoying it right now and not trying to think too far ahead.”
Kane will captain the Central Division for Sunday’s game at Bridgestone Arena.