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With American Thanksgiving there were just two games last night. As promised I need to cover the late games from Wednesday night first…
Calgary held a 2-0 period early in the third period but when desperation time hit the Blackhawks showed the talent disparity scoring three unanswered for the win.
Antti Raanta got his first career start and hung in there for the win.
Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner, to key the Blackhawks' comeback. Kane has points in 12 straight games. He is shooting 18.8% on the year so he's probably due some regression, unless you believe he has truly stepped up his shooting. After all, in last year's half-season Kane managed to shoot 16.7% so he's either on a 73-game game run he won't match again or he's kicked his game up a notch.
The distinction is important because if you believe Kane can maintain a shooting percentage above 15.0% then there is room for him build on his career high of 88 points. If you don't believe he can sustain such high shooting percentages then he probably tops out somewhere between 75 and 85, which is still really good but obviously you hope he can reach another level.
The Blackhawks' second power play unit actually saw more ice time than the top unit did last night, which is one of those oddities that happens from time to time.
That second unit, by the way, is now comprised of Marian Hosaa, Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg. Good to see my theory that Brandon Pirri would get the shaft with Versteeg's addition panned out.
Pirri hasn't scored in five straight. He still has relevance skating on the second line with Kane and Saad but without power play time that relevance is limited.
Duncan Keith has points in five straight and has only been held off the board twice in the last month. He has just one goal but 20(!) assists so far and is on pace for 66 points, which would easily be his most since his career high 69 in 2009-10. Is Olympic year Duncan Keith a thing?
I figured we would never see Keith score that many points again in his career because he not only fired the puck more than ever in 2009-10 but he also shot 6.6% which is pretty high for him. Keith averaged 2.6 shots per game that season but has otherwise averaged basically two per game. This season he is averaging 2.8 per game and while he is only shooting 1.4% he has seen the results of getting the puck to the net.
Calgary lost more than just the game as Sean Monahan and Dennis Wideman were both placed on the IR after the game and are expected to miss extended time.
The Wideman injury means that when Mark Giordano returns in the next little while it won't kill the big minutes