Are Blackhawks searching for post-Olympics consistency?

Are Blackhawks searching for post-Olympics consistency?
March 7, 2014, 8:00 pm
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CSN Staff

You'd think a 6-1 demolition of the Blue Jackets would be cause for celebration among Blackhawks fans.

But is it just another piece of evidence that the Hawks are still searching for some post-Olympics consistency?

The first game out of the Olympic break ended in a rough loss in New York. Next came the offensive fireworks of the Stadium Series game at Soldier Field, but another loss foloowed against Colorado. Then there was the six-goal output Thursday.

The up-and-down play has some concerned.

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Friday on SportsTalk Live, WGN Radio's Jordan Bernfield suggested that the Hawks, though looking impressive against Columbus on Thursday, still aren't playing in the dominant fashion they have before.

"For me, the Blackhawks really haven't played all that well of late," Bernfield said. "(Thursday) was an important win because they haven't necessarily been trending in the right direction. They come out of the Sochi game, lose that game, nearly get shutout in New York. And they played great in the Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh, but then you have another setback against Colorado. So we haven't really seen a lot of consistency, and they weren't playing great going into the Sochi break. So maybe a game like this sort of helps them get on track, but without Marian Hossa the next two to three weeks they're going to have to survive by switching up their lines and doing what Coach Q does to try to find the best offensive pairings. I think this team certainly has the talent to make a deep run. We know that. That's why Stan Bowman didn't blow anything up. But they're not really playing like one of the best team's in hockey consistently right now."

Check out the entire discussion in the video above.