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Kane's playoff mullet makes a re-appearance

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Kane's playoff mullet makes a re-appearance

Monday, April 11, 2011
Posted: 3:49 p.m.

CSNChicago.com

Patrick Kane's playoff mullet has returned! The Blackhawks winger called his barber after the team learned they had reached the playoffs and got the haircut (complete with racing stripes).

Kane also had the 'do during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning run last season, when he decided to go with the mullet instead of his "embarrassing" playoff beard from the previous spring.

"Short on top, kind of like a regular hair cut, and then the long hair in the back. Kinda bring back the '80's look, I guess," Kane told reporters prior to the 2010 postseason. "They were saying 'business in the front, party in the back.' Those were the comments I got about it. Just flowin' in the back, with a little more room up top. I'll kinda look a little trashy for a little bit, but it's fun and the boys all got a good laugh out of it. So that's what it's all about I guess."

In 22 mulleted games during the 2010 postseason, Kane registered 10 goals and 18 assists. For his playoff career, he has 19 goals and 23 assists in 38 games.

Kane is coming off a regular season in which he posted 27 goals and 46 assists in 73 contests. He was an All-Star selection for the second time in his four-year career.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here: