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Monday, December 16, 2013
Stock Watch: Kane on pace with Crosby

By Scott Powers

Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane
Andrew Shaw's penalty minutes are hurting the Blackhawks, but Patrick Kane continues to pile up points.

RISING

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Patrick Kane
1. Patrick Kane, forward: Kane has been soaring the last 20 games, recording a point in 19 of them. He had a 12-game points streak, went pointless for game and is now on an eight-game points streak. He’s had 33 points during that span and has 15 points in eight games in December. His career-high for points in a month is 20, which he set during the 2009-10 season. His 45 points are only second to Sidney Crosby's 46 points in the league.

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2. Power play: The Blackhawks have scored a power-play goal in nine consecutive games. They didn’t have a streak of more than four games with a power-play goal last season. They rank fifth in the league with a 25.0 power-play percentage. Kane leads the team with 18 power-play points and is followed by Patrick Sharp's 14 points and Duncan Keith's 12.

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Brandon Saad
3. Brandon Saad, forward: Saad leads the Blackhawks with a plus-18 rating. He hasn’t had a minus rating in a game since Nov. 19. He’s also recorded points in five of the last six games and has five goals and two assists in December. He’s played a bit of everywhere this season, but he has been able to remain pretty consistent. He’s sixth on the team with 25 points.

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1. Jeremy Morin, forward: was returned to Rockford of the AHL Monday with Bryan Bickell's return. Morin found himself in coach Joel Quenneville’s doghouse again during his latest stint with the Hawks. Morin was made a healthy scratch on Sunday and was replaced by defenseman Sheldon Brookbank on the third line. Morin was also limited to a team-low 7:35 of ice time against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Quenneville hasn’t given him more than 8:30 of ice time in six games during December.

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2. Penalty kill: There’s a lot of discussion about the Blackhawks’ penalty kill, but there hasn’t been much improvement. It’s what the team’s power play was like last year. The Blackhawks rank 29th in the league with a 73.8 penalty-killing percentage. They went a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill on Sunday, but they had allowed five power-play goals in the previous two games. They have given up power-play goals in 19 games this season.

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Andrew Shaw
3. Andrew Shaw, forward: Shaw has been helping the power play with his net-front presence, but he’s also been putting the Blackhawks in difficult positions with his penalties. He’s had three minor penalties over the last two games and is tied with Brandon Bollig for a team-leading 12 minor penalties. Shaw’s accumulated 13 of his 31 penalty minutes during December.