Patrick Kane For MVP (Still)

When Patrick Kane was injured on Feb. 24, his chances of winning the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player effectively ended. But is his absence strengthening his candidacy?

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Three weeks after he left the lineup, Kane still ranks ninth in the NHL with 64 points. Islanders star John Tavares has taken over the league lead, but is only eight points ahead of where Kane’s regular season ended. Indeed, only two players – Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosbym (1.11) and Evgeni Malkin (1.10) – have a higher point-per-game average than Kane (1.05) this season.

We wrote about the schedule helping the Blackhawks in the wake of Kane’s injury, with the first two weeks after the deadline being spread out and against mediocre competition. But it hasn’t helped the Blackhawks offense, which has been dormant since Kane went down.

Since Kane left the lineup, the Blackhawks have managed only 11 goals in six games (1.83 per game). In the 61 games before Kane’s injury, the Blackhawks were averaging 2.82 goals per night.

What’s worse, the Hawks have struggled to find consistent offense in five of the six games; five of those 11 goals came in one game, against the awful Carolina Hurricanes. And the Hawks managed only one goal in 65 minutes against an Edmonton team that has taken over last place in the NHL, allowing a league-high 3.35 per game.

Chicago has been shut out twice in six games (by the Lightning and Rangers) and the power play – which was bad with Kane – has now scored twice in 20 opportunities since Kane got hurt.

Seeing one of the more potent offenses in the league struggle is an indication that 88 has been the engine that drives the Chicago offense. If the Blackhawks continue to struggle offensively, will that only bolster Kane’s would-be candidacy for the league’s top individual honor?

5 thoughts on “Patrick Kane For MVP (Still)

  1. I hope they don’t give it to a goalie. My “money” is on Tavares. He is worthy and the Islanders are overachieving in large part because of him.

    Kane was the Hawks MVP and may have been the front runner if he hadn’t gotten injured but I don’t think he’s got a chance now.

  2. “If the Blackhawks continue to struggle offensively, will that only bolster Kane’s would-be candidacy for the league’s top individual honor?”- I dont think it can bolster is overall candidacy, but it does bolster the arguement that “at the time” he was the leader of the MVP Race.

    Honestly the Ernie and ER mentioned the 2 people it will come down to. With Price on pace to take the Vezina, i think I’d lean toward Tavares taking down the Hart. Ovi will probably take down the Rocket, and Im still looking at Sid for the Ross, but with out Tavares the Isle is sunk, Period…

  3. Point well taken Tab. The spirit of the MVP award is what the player means to HIS team and not necessarily against the league. However, the award usually is purly stat driven. Foe me anybody but that whinny little b%$#h Crosby……even if he is the best player in the league.

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