No one can seem to stop Patrick Kane while he's on his incredible 21-game point-scoring streak. He tied Bobby Hull's Blackhawks record with a three-point night against the Ottawa Senators Thursday. However, Kane's scoring prowess has distracted from the fact that Chicago has lost three straight and five of their last seven.
The defending Stanley Cup champions are now in fifth place in the tough Central Division, but the standings are tight. Aside from the Dallas Stars, who are running away with the Central right now, the Blackhawks trail second-place St. Louis by just four points. Just two points behind the Blackhawks in the Central standings are the Winnipeg Jets, who are in Chicago for an early evening tussle.
Winnipeg has won two straight and three of their last four to get to 28 points. December is going much better than November, during which the Jets went 4-9-1.
It's been rookie goalie Connor Hellebuyck that has helped breathe some life into the Jets, winning each of his first three NHL starts while stopping 83 of the 86 shots he has faced.
Kane has been an unstoppable force of late as he has run his league-leading point total to 41. During the ongoing points streak, he's put up 35 points since Oct. 17. With the opportunity to break Bobby Hull's record in front of the home crowd, underneath Hull's No. 9 that hangs in the rafters, look for Kane to lead the Blackhawks to a big Central Division win Sunday.