Blackhaws star Patrick Kane is second in the NHL in points with eight goals and 10 assists through 11 games, including seven points in his past three.
He has been the best player on the best team in the league, and he has paid more attention to his defensive responsibilities than perhaps ever before, fully buying into the Hawks' defense-begets-offense mentality. He's having a Hart Trophy-type season. ''He's been good right from the first period in L.A. when he scored,'' teammate Patrick Sharp said. ''[The MVP] is a decision you guys make as media, but I know how valuable he is as a linemate and as a teammate and even a friend off the ice.''