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Kulfan: Blackhawks see months without top scorer Kane

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

So, how do the Blackhawks replace Patrick Kane?

Maybe it'll force them to go from an explosive offensive team to one that wins 2-1 or 3-2.

And that's likely what the Blackhawks are facing after Kane, tied for the league lead in scoring (64 points, 27 goals), fractured his left collarbone Tuesday.

Kane isn't expected to return until the third round of the playoffs, if Chicago gets to that point.

"I can't count the number of times 'Kaner' has missed a shift on one hand in his career, let alone not return to the game," forward Patrick Sharp told Chicago reporters. "He brings so much to our team."

Said coach Joel Quenneville: "As a group, we have to make sure everybody plays the right way, plays tighter and has some responsibility to their games. We have to play tight and look to play low-scoring games."

To replace Kane, the Blackhawks recalled Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford.

The Blackhawks, however, could use the trade route to add some offensive firepower.

General manager Stan Bowman will have roughly $6 million cap space since Kane is going on long-term injured reserve. There's a chance Bowman could be active before Monday's trade deadline, but he may not be eager to trade away prospects for a possible rental.

The search is on

Fans in Washington want the Capitals to make some meaningful moves before the trade deadline after watching their team lose two straight games after rocketing up the standings.

Washington, like most contending teams, is searching for a productive right wing and one more defenseman.

But, the Capitals understand they can't expect those players to drop out of thin air.

"You need two to dance, and we're going to the dance and there's 30 guys and there's only about eight girls at the dance," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said of the trade deadline. "That's what it is."

Ice chips

Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack is under the microscope now that Ryan Miller (East Lansing/Michigan State) is out for a month with a knee injury.

So far, so good.

Lack, who went 2-0 since the injury and stopped 67 of 68 shots, also was thrust into the starter's role last season after Roberto Luongo was traded — and the showing wasn't great.

"I feel like I learned a lot from last season," Lack said.

Said forward Daniel Sedin: "We have a lot of trust in him."