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Expectations versus Reality...



As Blues fans bemoan the lack of a completely played game and another loss due to a lack of offense at the critical time,  we find ourselves worrying about the continuing lack of success on the ice and wondering What Dreams May Come

Ah, we are indeed guilty of surrendering too much to our expectations this season based on a couple of factors.  Surely the excellent second-half game established last season would continue, bolstered by the return of Erik Johnson, Paul Kariya and other players injured who did not play.  Surely the fabulous freshmen would continue to grow...surely Patrik Berglund would break out...surely Alex Pietrangelo would make the team.  And the offense wouldn't, couldn't be a problem; the powerplay and penalty-killing was very good; the only problem this team might have is goaltending.  The playoffs are a cinch for this team...and we should go pretty deep, too.

Well, the reality at the almost one third mark of the season is quite different, sorry to say.  Goaltending has been a major strength ( maybe the ONLY one, too ) and the power-play and offense have been the major problems.  And team defense isn't all that great, as reflected in the shots against category.  Clearly, there's a lot for the beleagured coaching staff to work out.  With each loss, the pressure mounts on Andy Murray and his assistants.  The vultures are roosting down on Brett Hull Way.  Some quickly forget the things that are going good and are ready to write off this team (in late November, yet...Geesh!) for any possible future success. 

Fortunately, reality is ever-changing and malleable.  It is within the power of the Blues management and players to correct these present problems and work harder to effect change.  Fans are short-tempered, though, and it will be hard for management to resist a quick fix (by either trade or a change in coaching) if the boys don't start winning.  We need more goals!  And the schedule won't get easier, starting Thursday night in the Shark Tank.  The fans are tired of being patient and having their dreams and expectations dashed in the reality of what the season has been, grasping for signs of a turn-around that would give them good reason to continue to dream about the presence of the Cup on Market Street next June. 

So, we  continue to fret and worry about reality...and what dreams may come...   

So it goes...                                                                  

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