Kane hopes to snap funk as Blackhawks face Wild

Minnesota (22-19-3) at Chicago (25-10-8), 8:00 p.m. EST

CHICAGO (Ticker) — The Chicago Blackhawks are not exactly
stumbling into the All-Star break. Patrick Kane, however, is a
different story.

Slated to play in his first All-Star Game later in the month,
Kane hopes to snap out of an offensive funk when the Blackhawks
host the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

A native of Buffalo, New York, the 20-year-old Kane has recorded
just one point in his last nine contests and has not netted a
goal since December 20.

Still, the reigning Calder Trophy winner has 16 tallies and 26
assists in 41 games this season. He is also on pace to
marginally surpass his totals of last season, when he notched 21
goals and 51 assists.

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The Blackhawks, who have won three of their last four, are
coming off a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Chicago’s success in January has not compared to that enjoyed
during December, when it won nine straight and lost just once in

Captain Jonathan Toews, who will join Kane on Eastern Conference
All-Star roster in Montreal, had his two-game points streak
halted against St. Louis, but still has registered four goals
and eight points in his last nine contests.

Minnesota had its two-game winning run snapped with a 3-0
setback against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Andrew Brunette played in his NHL-leading 497th consecutive game
but hurt his knee in the second period. His status for this
contest is uncertain.