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SB Nation NHL Reacts: Blues’ fan confidence still high, but waning

Every team’s going to have ups and downs this year.

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This is SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NHL. Each week, SB Nation sends out questions to the most plugged in St. Louis Blues fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

The 2021 season has been far from smooth, both for the St. Louis Blues and the rest of the league.

In the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 64 percent of Blues fans said they are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s down from 83 percent last week, but above the 50 percent mark from two weeks ago.

A lot of credit for the dip goes to the fact that the seven game stretch over two weeks against the Arizona Coyotes was an up and down affair, marred by injuries and disinterested play. If the Blues bounce back against San Jose, and use this brief break to rest up, this graph could easily be headed in the opposite direction. If nothing else, Blues fans are a fickle bunch when it comes to confidence. Chalk it up to 52 years of no payoff, and still not being able to fully get their heads around that Stanley Cup win. We just don’t know what to do.

Despite the up and down nature of the Blues’ season, only one-third of Blues fans said they are concerned about the team’s depth.

The biggest issue facing the Blues and every other team in the NHL is clearly problems surrounding COVID-19. Teams around the league have had to reschedule games and deal with players missing after testing positive. However, even with that less than one-quarter of fans around the country think the NHL needs a league-wide pause to the season.

The NHL released a spate of re-scheduled games yesterday that must’ve been a challenge to the schedule-maker. It seems that for right now most of the disruptions have passed, so Blues fans can exhale and not have to worry about an eight game series against the Minnesota Wild.

Hopefully.

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