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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.

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.


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