Earlier this week, some blustery old hockey goat on the newly rechristened NBC Sports Network was talking about how Patrick Kane simply had to score goals for the Blackhawks to compete for the Stanley Cup this season.

That refrain was quickly picked up by locals who can’t think for themselves: “Kaner the Entertainer couldn’t be plainer these days.” True, Kane did go through a recent funk not unlike that of defenseman Nick Leddy. He seemed distracted and proved prone to errors like turning the puck over in the Hawks’ zone, leading his plus-minus rating to drop to single digits.