Hockey fans are legitimately scared right now.
The NHL could see its second lockout in eight years, and the third work stoppage since the 1994-95 lockout shortened the season to 48 games. Fans are screaming for the firing of Gary Bettman, who has been the commissioner of the league during all three stoppages.
But Blues fans have a problem of their own.
Before the 2004-05 cancelled season, the Blues had 25 straight years of playoff appearances. They were among the league's best teams.
Afterwards? They hit rock bottom.
Will the team succumb to the same fate? Or will they be able to make it to the other side relatively unscathed? The former could be the answer.