Chicago Blackhawks Poll: Shakeup Vs Flipping The Switch

By Keith Schultz

Apr 6, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp (10) celebrates his goal with center Andrew Shaw (65) during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks looked like they had finally got passed their dog days of winter spell during the ice show trip when they won their last two games of the trip before heading to the United Center for a long 8 game homestand.

The thought when they headed home was that the Hawks would string a bunch of wins together and make a real push for the 2nd spot in the Central if not put a scare into division leading Nashville, but a strange thing happened on the way to a long home winning streak at the United Center.

We are 6 games into the homestand and the Hawks are a very meh 2-1-3 and for long stretches of the homestand the Hawks have looked very disinterested and not showing much jump in their play.  Sure they have shown spurts like the first 10 minutes of the Detroit game Wednesday night, but they have been in unable to maintain a 40 minute game let alone a 60 minute game.

Many people will look at the 2 Stanley Cups and say the Hawks now when to flip that switch when the playoffsu arrive and they will be able to play hard and focused hockey for 60 minutes a night, but the recent pattern suggests that the roster has become too complacent and is need of a shakeup.

The flip the switch thought is a scary one but if you look at guys like Bryan Bickell you know its completely possible. Bickell is barely noticeable during the regular season and can disappear for games without making a hit or goal or simply just standing in front of the goalie, but we all know and have witnessed playoff Bickell who is a power forward most teams would love to have on their team.

The Shake up side is the one that scares most fans because it would probably mean the departure of a fan favorite like Andrew Shaw or Patrick Sharp.  The offense really has been very problematic most of the season. Sure it generates tons of possession and shots on goal, but only for some brief stretches has the puck been finding the net on regularity. A shakeup though unlikely could be what the roster needs for a wake up call before the playoffs.

So where are you on this topic? On Twitter today most fans said shakeup so let’s see if the small sample size is what the masses believe to be true too?

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