For the second straight year, Patrick Kane will be the Blackhawks’ lone representative in the NHL All-Star Game.
While he expects to have a lot of fun this weekend in San Jose, Calif., where he’ll participate in his eighth All-Star Game, nothing beats being there with teammates. The biggest Hawks contingent he has been a part of came in 2015 when Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Brent Seabrook joined him in Columbus.
“The first one in Montreal was really special,” Kane said. “That was a fun weekend. When I did that Superman-type thing in Ottawa, cheap nhl jerseys from china
that was probably one of my better memories in the skills competition. We had some fun with that. It’s always fun going with some of your teammates too.”
If not for the rule that requires selected players to attend or face a one-game suspension, Kane said he thinks far more players would stay home. So far it appears the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin is the only player selected who will get suspended one game for not attending.
“I think a lot more guys would take the option if that wasn’t the rule,” Kane said. “That’s the way it is. Guys don’t really want to miss games, so they’re going to go to the All-Star Game and participate in the weekend so they’re not missing a game.”
Forward thinking: The Hawks have a glut of defensemen and are in need of some depth at forward.
Could defenseman Erik Gustafsson, an offensive weapon who is still trying to shore up his defensive issues, be an option? Gustafsson, 26, said no coach has suggested he give it a shot, and he wouldn’t want to. At least not until he’s much older, and not in the NHL.
“I want to try it,” Gustafsson said. “Could be fun. Maybe not up here. Maybe when I get older. Right now I want to play D.”
Juggling the defense: Carl Dahlstrom played in 18 straight games after getting called up from Rockford before Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton made him a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Islanders. Henri Jokiharju took his place in the lineup.
“In a perfect world, I’d like the guys we’re trying to evaluate not to be in and out, to be able to play a few games in a row,” Colliton said. “To do that, there needs to be a rotation. Dahlstrom coming out, it’s no reflection on his play. He’s been great, love how he’s playing.”
One-timers: Forward Brendan Perlini (concussion protocol) participated in the morning skate but missed his second straight game after getting hurt last week against the Rangers. … Cam Ward started in net.