Kane no longer man in middle for Blackhawks


Chicago Blackhawks

' experiment to convert

Patrick Kane

from a right wing to center has ended after 24 games.

Kane skated on his familiar right side during Thursday's practice on a line with

Viktor Stalberg

and center

Jonathan Toews

and afterward coach

Joel Quenneville

said Kane will remain at wing for the foreseeable future.

"Center worked for a little bit," Kane said. "It's one of those things where it's still an option down the road. Sometimes you just have to keep things exciting and switch it up. I'm back at the right wing (and) I'm familiar with the position. I have to get used to it a little bit but it shouldnt take long."

The play of

Marcus Kruger

helped enable the shift as the rookie took Kane's spot in the middle on the second line with

Patrick Sharp


Marian Hossa

. Meanwhile, Kane's offensive production has waned recently with no goals and three assists in the last six games.

"Once I start playing and get a few shifts under my belt I'll realize what I used to do on the ice at that position," Kane said. "I used to be good at it, setting up plays and different things like that. I've been playing (wing) since I was 15 years old so that's seven, eight years under my belt and you develop a game over there so I'm excited to be back."

Kane has seven goals and 17 assists this season and features a plus-9 plus-minus rating.

"I felt that I got pretty comfortable at the position," Kane said of playing in the middle. "I'll still try to do some things I did at center where you're trying to get the puck a lot down low, moving up ice.

"It was definitely a bit of a challenge, especially playing a position seven, eight years you get so used to playing the right side. I don't think (playing center) is totally out of the books yet; it's something they probably could go back to if they need it."

Said Quenneville: "We tried it. Kane at center has been a good option for us. Kruger is playing well. We like two of Sharp, Kane, (Marian) Hossa and Toews playing together. That gives us a different look and something we get to try.

"Marcus gives us an option based on his performance. We'll see how he handles it with the top guys. It's more of an experiment that way as well. Knowing you always have Kane in the middle in your back pocket is a nice option to have."


Center Jonathan Toews was named the


's Second Star for the month of November. ...

Corey Crawford

will start in goal against the


on Friday night at the

United Center


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