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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane out with illness vs. Canucks

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Chris Kunitz will fill in for Kane on the second line.

Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver CanucksVancouver Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Canucks due to an illness, the team announced less than hour to puck drop. Kane also did not participate in the team’s morning skate Wednesday in Vancouver.

It’s the first time in 258 games that Kane will miss action. The last time he missed time was during the 2014-15 season, when he broke his left clavicle after he was cross-checked into the boards by Panthers’ Alex Petrovic. Kane missed 21 games that season, but was ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kane is off to the hottest start of his career with at least a point in 11 of 12 games this season, and is currently on a six-game point streak. He leads the NHL with 11 goals and paces the team with 18 points.

Chris Kunitz, who was a healthy scratch Sunday vs. the Oilers, will take Kane’s spot at right wing on the second line alongside Brandon Saad and Artem Anisimov. Kunitz only has 11 shots and one assist in 11 games in his first season with Chicago.

Forwards

DeBrincat — Toews — Kahun

SaadAnisimov — Kunitz

Fortin — Johnson — Schmaltz

Kampf — Kruger — Hayden

Defense

Keith — Jokiharju

Gustafsson — Seabrook

Manning — Davidson