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Before The Puck Drops Tonight

02/20/2019 at 1:41pm EST

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

The Chicago Blackhawks come to town as one of the hottest teams in the league, having won nine of their last 11 games.

One of the main drivers of their run is Patrick Kane, who is in the midst of an 18-game point streak, the longest by any player this season.

Kane, 30, has 14 goals and 26 assists in that span.

"He's a dynamic player," Wings center Dylan Larkin said. "If he's not the best, he's top-two ever American-born players. I grew up watching him a lot and have a lot of respect for him. You give him space, he's going to make you pay, so we have to try to take away his time and space and watch him every second he's on the ice."

Larkin got an up-close view of Kane last spring when the two played for Team USA in the world championships in Denmark.

"Even in the World Championships, when we were playing teams we should beat, he still wants more for himself and more for the team and has a killer instinct," Larkin said. "We saw that last time we played these guys. He had a chance late in the game and he put us away, so he has that ability to finish games and win games for his team."

continued plus more topics including Evgeny Svechnikov participating in the skate today...

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