Patrick Kane has struggled to find the back of the net since the start of the season. This one begins to lament his personal production, although he gets plenty of chances to score.
The Chicago Blackhawks number 88 has scored just five goals in 32 games so far. Last Wednesday, in a 4-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, the American fired nine shots on net without managing to get any points.
"It's just difficult when you play well like that and you don't manage to produce. There are certain different situations where I may have rushed my shots. I hit a crossbar with my backhand, then on the two-on-one with Max [Domi] handing the puck to me, I should have shot better than that,” the 34-year-old told the daily Chicago Sun-Times.
He managed to make only 4.2% of his shots during the current campaign, while his career average is approaching 11%. Kane struggles to explain why nothing is working for him this year.
"I'm starting to find my game a little more in the last 10 or 15 games," he added. My goal tally is low. This is probably one of the main reasons why the team is in the situation it is in. If I could find a way to start producing at a normal pace, that would help the team get off the ground.
Burden hard to bear
Recall that during the holiday break, the Blackhawks were in last place in the general classification of the National Hockey League with a meager harvest of 20 points and only eight victories. Hawks head coach Luke Richardson remarked that Kane was "unfairly" bearing this burden of the team's struggles.
"He's tough on himself," Richardson said. He seems to want to hide it, but I know he's frustrated. He expects the best from himself, so we don't have to push him on that front."