June 13, 2024

Despite the Detroit Red Wings’ 3-9-1 record while he’s in the lineup, Patrick Kane is off to a fantastic start. To be fair, Detroit has had a string of terrible luck and injuries since entering the team. That doesn’t take away from the fact that the squad has battled terribly on defense as well. The Red Wings have allowed far too many odd-man rushes and have lacked discipline while pinching in the offensive zone during the last three weeks. Oh, and Detroit was without its top two goalkeepers for an extended period of time and failed to get any great goaltending from James Reimer, who had been forced to start.

Having said that, Kane has led the Detroit Red Wings offensive since joining the team, tallying six goals and 13 points in 13 games. He’s also a minus-3 on the season, averaging more than 19 minutes of ice time each game. During even strength situations, he has a Corsi For Percentage of 50.2.

With the Detroit Red Wings, Patrick Kane has found his groove.
In Detroit, we are only now beginning to glimpse the whole picture. Kane joined the Red Wings just as second-line center J.T. Compher was injured, and then the terrifying situation with Dylan Larkin occurred against Ottawa. As a result, Andrew Copp was forced to center Kane and Alex DeBrincat, which was not ideal. Not only that, but head coach Derek Lalonde was compelled to promote Joe Veleno from fourth-line center to second-line center. The Red Wings appear to be getting healthier, and if they want to put a stop to the Kane trade rumors, which are sure to resurface if Detroit continues its downward spiral, they need to start stringing some wins together.

Patrick Kane signs with the Detroit Red Wings for the rest of the NHL season

Lalonde recently returned to the mixer to design his lineup skating Compher between Kane and DeBrincat. The move puts top center Larkin between Lucas Raymond and veteran David Perron, as the Detroit Red Wings attempt to implement a more balanced offensive attack. The three of Larkin, Kane, and DeBrincat has played well together and packed a punch, but it has left the rest of the Red Wings lineup vulnerable. The three dynamic forwards continue to play together on the team’s best power-play unit and late in games when Detroit is trailing as Lalonde attempts to reignite his attack.

Kane, 35, carefully considered his alternatives before signing with the Red Wings this fall. He was enticed to Detroit because of their strong start to the season and his friendship with sharpshooter DeBrincat. DeBrincat and Kane are also good friends off the ice, which could influence Kane’s decision to stay in Detroit or pursue his fourth Stanley Cup somewhere. If Kane believes the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of a postseason run, perhaps as soon as next season, he may be willing to sign a contract extension with the club, giving Yzerman one off-season to make the necessary improvements knowing he’d have that Kane/DeBrincat connection together right away next season.

 

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