When Evander Kane of the Winnipeg Jets is hot, you know it because he’ll go streaking–in terms of points scored, of course. He’s already done it twice so far in this shortened season for the Jets, though a point-scoring surge for him seems to always be preceded by a few consecutive games in which he’s colder than, well, Winnipeg in the dead of winter.
Could he have just exited one of those cold spells? Is he about to heat up again?
Though the Jets lost 3-2 in a shootout to the New Jersey Devils to cap off their road trip, Kane scored the game-tying goal late in the second period and his efforts forced overtime and a shootout. That was his first goal in five games. He later was called to give it a shot in the shootout, but Johan Hedberg made the save.
Last month, Kane was riding high on an eight-game point-scoring streak and a concurrent four-game goal-scoring streak. It actually came to an end the second time the Jets and Devils met this season in a 3-1 Winnipeg win. This last game against the Devils might very well be the spark to light another scoring streak from number nine.
Still, as the team’s second leading goal-scorer behind captain Andrew Ladd, if Kane does start heating up and going streaking again, that will be very beneficial to the team. At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, he led the entire teams in goals scored with 30 and was second in points overall.
It will be especially beneficial for Kane to find the scoring touch once more as the Jets have passed the halfway point of their season, are currently in ninth place in the East and want to make a run at the postseason.