Evander Kane Needs to Start Scoring Again

By Emma Harger
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At one point this season, Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets was on an eight-game point streak, which included a swath of five to games from Feb. 21 to 26 in which he scored at least one goal. He even put up a three-point night of three goals and a helper against the New York Rangers on the 26th, but since then, he’s been a little quieter–well, actually, a lot quieter.

His streak of points was snapped after that Rangers game and the Jets have played three games since then in which he has not scored at all or helped anyone else score either. That’s not for a lack of trying, though. In those past three unproductive games, he’s taken a total of 14 shots on goal. He’s also been pretty good at putting up hits, too, executing eight of them in that three-game unproductive span.

But this is the second time in this short season where Kane has been red-hot and put up a big point streak, only to suddenly turn cold as ice and go three or four games without doing anything at all. Earlier this season, after he was held off the score sheets in the Jets’ first two games, he started building up his first streak. He had three consecutive two-point games, evenly split between a goal and an assist, before adding on two more games where he just provided an assist.

Then, January turned to February, the Jets played the Tampa Bay Lightning and Kane was missing from the 8-3 loss. It took him four games to get his head back in it, although when he did, it was to start creating that eight-game strand of points.

It’s now been three games since that streak ended. Is he going to repeat his recent history and start to heat right back up again soon? The Jets face the Lightning again tomorrow night and he has a chance to add to his record of three goals and four assists in 16 games against the Bolts.

Of course, he could be silent yet again and then heat up in the game directly after this meeting with the Bolts–which will be their second time facing the Florida Panthers in a week. That would truly be history repeating itself.


Emma Harger is an NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook and add her to your network on Google.

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