Patrick Kane is hoping a change of scenery back to center for Friday's key game with Detroit at the United Center can help him find a way to put the puck in the net again.
Kane has 1 goal in his last nine games and just 2 in the last 18. He had 2 goals in 12 games after he had gone back to playing right wing.
“There's been a lot of stress on trying to get me going here over the past week or so,” Kane said following Friday's morning skate. “It's something I'm worried about, something I'm trying to figure out and maybe get hot for the rest of the season.”
Kane has only 9 goals for the season, well behind team leaders Jonathan Toews (20), Patrick Sharp (19) and Marian Hossa (16).
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville has had Kane for three seasons now and knows what his star forward goes through when he's not scoring and thinks just getting one somehow would be the best cure.
“I think everybody wants to score, especially top guys,” Quenneville said. “Maybe just getting it on net and second opportunities off that, whether it's one-timers or the quickness of his release. Getting one should help his confidence in the scoring area.”
Certainly one of Quenneville's reasons for putting Kane back at center was to get him going again offensively.
“We like that option so let's go back to it and see how he does,” Quenneville said.