Patrick Kane's recent scoring explosion isn't all that recent

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane (88), celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Chicago. Chicago won 4-1. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The Blackhawks have had their ups and downs already during this young season. However, there has been one constant; Patrick Kane is going to push the offense.

Kane has always been one of the most talented players in the NHL, but his play so far has him atop nearly every offensive stat in the league. It seems like Kane’s play has been lifted to a new level this year, but that’s not completely correct. The Blackhawks wing has been tallying points at a ridiculous level for more than a year now.

Last season, Kane finished with the fourth most points-per-game in the league along with top 15 finishes in points and assists-per-game.

After an injury took a big chunk of his 2014-15 season, Kane is back and has returned to that high level of play. Kane leads the league in goals, points and goals created, and sits just two assists behind the league leader.

Even with his injury, Kane has played a little over one full season since the start of last year, including the playoffs. Had this performance been in one scheduled season, his point-per-game average would be among the 20 best in the history of the NHL.

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