By the numbers: Patrick Kane’s 400 goals, soon-to-be 1,000 games for the Blackhawks

Given the statistical significance of Kane’s two milestones this winter, here’s an in-depth look at his first 400 goals and first 1,000 games by the numbers.

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Patrick Kane scored his 400th NHL goal on Feb. 28 and will play his 1,000th NHL game on March 9.

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Patrick Kane currently finds himself in a rare position: sitting in between two historic milestones in a two-week span.

Kane scored his 400th career NHL goal Feb. 28 against the Red Wings. He’s now on track to play his 1,000th career NHL game March 9 —this coming Tuesday —against the Stars.

“The biggest thing is once you start reaching these type of milestones — 400 goals and 1,000 games coming up — it leaves you wanting more,” Kane said after the aforementioned Wings game. “It’s exciting to achieve them and nice to have these types of milestones. Probably means I’ve played a while, but I just think you just want to keep getting better.”

The 32-year-old Blackhawks forward is nowhere near the end of his career. In 2021, he’s on pace for one of his best seasons ever, quickly entering his name into the Hart Trophy conversation.

But after 14 years in the league — 14 extremely productive years at that —Kane has left a data trail capable of producing some fascinating statistics.

And given the statistical significance of Kane’s two milestones this winter, here’s an in-depth look at his first 400 goals and first 1,000 games by the numbers.


Kane was fittingly the 100th player in NHL history to score 400 goals. But among U.S.-born players, he’s just the ninth ever and the fifth-youngest to do so. Here’s his company.

U.S.-born players to score 400 goals
Player Age when scored 400th GP at the time Points at the time
Pat LaFontaine 30 years, 51 days 700 840
Jeremy Roenick 31 years, 37 days 888 931
Keith Tkachuk 31 years, 198 days 783 764
Mike Modano 31 years, 209 days 905 934
Patrick Kane 32 years, 102 days 996 1056
Joe Mullen 35 years, 20 days 764 848
Tony Amonte 35 years, 130 days 1044 846
John LeClair 36 years, 267 days 936 804
Bill Guerin 38 years, 47 days 1142 787

(Kane became the youngest U.S.-born player to score 1,000 career points when he hit that milestone last season.)


Individually, Kane scored more of his first 400 goals in November than any other month, although February was fittingly not far behind.

Kane’s goals by month
MONTH GP Goals Assists Points
October 136 59 83 142
November 163 72 119 191
December 156 66 111 177
January 168 52 108 160
February 160 71 104 175
March 163 55 95 150
April 54 25 36 61

And the second period —where he has likely benefitted from extra counterattacking opportunities created by the long change — has been his most prolific.
Kane’s goals by period
Period Goals Game winners
First 122 9
Second 137 27
Third 129 17
Overtime 9 9

Kane has scored more against the Stars than any other opponent, although he has averaged more goals per game against the Maple Leafs than any other team.
Kane’s goals against every team
Opponent GP Goals Goals/Game
Dallas Stars 53 29 0.55
St. Louis Blues 66 26 0.39
Calgary Flames 43 24 0.56
Minnesota Wild 51 24 0.47
Nashville Predators 67 24 0.36
Columbus Blue Jackets 52 23 0.44
Edmonton Oilers 43 18 0.42
Colorado Avalanche 52 18 0.35
Detroit Red Wings 55 17 0.31
Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers 37 16 0.43
Arizona Coyotes 41 16 0.39
Toronto Maple Leafs 19 14 0.74
Vancouver Canucks 42 14 0.33
Anaheim Ducks 44 13 0.3
Los Angeles Kings 41 12 0.29
New York Islanders 17 11 0.65
Buffalo Sabres 18 11 0.61
Florida Panthers 23 11 0.48
San Jose Sharks 42 10 0.24
Tampa Bay Lightning 21 9 0.43
Boston Bruins 20 8 0.4
New Jersey Devils 20 8 0.4
Montreal Canadiens 17 7 0.41
Ottawa Senators 17 7 0.41
Washington Capitals 17 7 0.41
Pittsburgh Penguins 16 5 0.31
New York Rangers 17 5 0.29
Philadelphia Flyers 17 5 0.29
Carolina Hurricanes 19 5 0.26
Vegas Golden Knights 9 3 0.33

And Kane has, of course, received plenty of help while getting here. These 10 former or present Hawks teammates have recorded the most assists on Kane’s first 400 goals.
Kane’s most frequent assisters
Scorer Assister Assists Primary Secondary
Patrick Kane Jonathan Toews 97 57 40
Patrick Kane Duncan Keith 62 25 37
Patrick Kane Patrick Sharp 62 39 23
Patrick Kane Brent Seabrook 40 14 26
Patrick Kane Artemi Panarin 35 23 12
Patrick Kane Artem Anisimov 33 22 11
Patrick Kane Erik Gustafsson 22 13 9
Patrick Kane Marian Hossa 17 12 5
Patrick Kane Alex DeBrincat 17 12 5
Patrick Kane Dylan Strome 17 7 10


Kane will likely become the 350th player in NHL history to play 1,000 games come Tuesday.

Slightly complicating the situation, though, is the fact Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle will become the 349th to do so if he plays in the Panthers-Hurricanes game Sunday.

Kane will also likely be the 33rd active player and 53rd U.S.-born player to play 1,000 games — with Yandle the 32nd and 52nd, respectively.

But regardless of Yandle’s unfortunately timed situation, Kane will indisputably be the seventh player to ever appear in 1,000 games for the Blackhawks —and the youngest of all of them to hit that milestone.

Players who played 1,000 Blackhawks games
Player 1,000th game date Age at the time Total Hawks GP
Patrick Kane Mar. 9, 2021 32 years, 110 days 1000+
Brent Seabrook Mar. 29, 2018 32 years, 343 days 1114+
Bobby Hull Jan. 15, 1972 33 years, 12 days 1036
Stan Mikita Dec. 2,1973 33 years, 196 days 1396
Duncan Keith Oct. 13, 2018 35 years, 89 days 1165+
Bob Murray Mar. 4, 1990 35 years, 98 days 1008
Eric Nesterenko Feb. 24, 1972 38 years, 116 days 1013


Kane played his first NHL game as an 18-year-old rookie on Oct. 4, 2007 against the Wild. In his seventh game, on Oct. 19, 2007 against the Avalanche, he scored his first NHL goal.

Here are each of his milestone moments in both categories since, starting with goals:

Kane’s milestone goals
Goal number Date Opponent
100 Mar. 11, 2011 Sharks
200 Jan. 20, 2015 Coyotes
300 Dec. 23, 2017 Devils
400 Feb. 28, 2021 Red Wings

And now every milestone games-played moment, with the Kings making strangely but coincidentally frequent appearances:
Kane’s milestone games
Game number Date Opponent
100 Nov. 20, 2008 Stars
200 Dec. 27, 2009 Predators
300 Mar. 4, 2011 Hurricanes
400 Jan. 19, 2013 Kings
500 Jan. 26, 2014 Jets
600 Nov. 28, 2015 Kings
700 Jan. 6, 2017 Hurricanes
800 Feb. 19, 2018 Kings
900 Apr. 1, 2019 Jets
1000 Mar. 9, 2021* Stars*


Finally, the statistical exercise is most impressive when combining the two methods of measurement.

Breaking down Kane’s career into 10 segments of 100 games each, then calculating how many goals, assists and points he tallied in each segment, demonstrates how he has become an even more productive player with age.

The numbers for Kane’s most recent 100-game segment are incomplete, because he’s likely to score even more before Tuesday’s game ends. And the same holds true for the years and seasons ahead.

Kane’s production by 100-game segments
Game span Goals Assists Points
1-100 31 65 96
101-200 30 58 88
201-300 36 66 102
301-400 30 55 85
401-500 46 66 112
501-600 46 65 111
601-700 44 66 110
701-800 44 59 103
801-900 46 80 126
901-1000 47+ 76+ 123+

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