For the second straight month, Kane was named the NHL’s first star of the month for his play during the month of December. Kane earned the same honor for the month of November.
Kane was excellent during the month of December. In December, Kane compiled 23 points while scoring 7 goals to go along with a +/- of 14. Those numbers only add to what is an already impressive first half of play for Kane during the 2013-2014 season. Kane has compiled 54 points on the season while scoring 23 goals to go along with a +/- of 10.
Meanwhile, Raanta was the NHL”s co-rookie of the month for December. Raanta compiled 8 wins for the Hawks during the month of December to go along with a save percentage of .912 and a 2.23 goals-against average. Raanta’s success during the month of December was pivotal for the Hawks as they played most of the month without starting goaltender Corey Crawford.
Blachawks head coach Joel Quenneville was highly complimentary of both players on Friday.
“Both guys had great stretches of games,” coach Joel Quenneville said before the Hawks faced the Devils on Friday night at the Prudential Center. “Antti coming in and doing what he did was remarkable. And it put us in a good spot as a team. Great for him. Good start to his career.
“Kane has had a great year but that consistency is something that really has elevated his game. Both sides of the puck you see improvements. It’s hard to do that, what he did going back-to-back. It’s a long time where you’re at the top of the league. It’s a very good accomplishment.”-Joel Quenneville, Chicago Tribune
Kane will look to continue his campaign for MVP in the month of January while Raanta will operate as the primary backup to Crawford.