CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane hears plenty of chatter about the hometown team and the Chicago Blackhawks winger said he's curious to see what the struggling Buffalo Sabres put on the ice tomorrow night in the United Center.
"I know the owner [Terry Pegula] and the fans aren't really too happy with the way things have been going down there," Kane said today after practice at Johnny's Ice House, just down West Madison Avenue from the UC. "That's fine with me. I can't really care any more about the Sabres. Hopefully we can make it even worse for them and get a win against them."
Of particular interest to Kane is the problems of former U.S. Olympic teammate Ryan Miller, who has dropped to 42nd in goals-against average (3.12) and 40th in save percentage (.898).
"I still think the fans get on Miller a little bit too much back in Buffalo. He's definitely the guy there," Kane said. "He's not having the kind of season he wanted to and maybe things are getting caught up in everything back there. I think they can be a good team. They've got everything in place to do well. You want them to do well, especially being from there. Not better than you're doing but at the same time, growing up there I know a lot of people who root for the Sabres. It's a city that deserves the team to do well."
For his part, Kane's 10 goals and 39 points have him on pace for career lows.
"It's something you're going to deal with in your career," he said. "I'm trying to have a new clean slate when I come to the rink every day, whether it's practice or game day. Not get too high or too low."