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Chicago Blackhawk Fans Need a Reality Check

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 03: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates to the puck against the New Jersey Devils at the United Center on November 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Devils defeated the Blackhawks 5-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Tyler JuranovichCorrespondent IIINovember 8, 2010

Things looked as if the Blackhawks could possibly get out of a early season slump with two victories this weekend, one over Atlanta and the other against Edmonton. But instead the Blackhawks were only able to get one, after a huge meltdown in which they allowed two gaols in  a matter of 14 seconds in Sunday night's game against Edmonton.

It was a morale killer. It took any kind of momentum and positivity that the Blackhawks might have had if they'd started the week off with a victory.

It might be a tragic way to lose but it's nothing new for the Blackhawks. In seven-of-eight regulation losses this season, the Blackhawks have either been tied or winning before losing. The Blackhawks should be able to close the door against such a young team like the Oilers.

These mediocre performances are getting old, especially to a city that expects much better.

Maybe the Blackhawks were just over-hyped this season, or maybe their Stanley Cup stint was a one year deal and then they're done. I believe in the former.

From the beginning too much pressure has been put on this team. Many fans were writing and expecting a repeat. All those fans had it wrong.

While the Blackhawks are still a good NHL team, they are not close to a repeat team. That's the harsh reality Blackhawk fans need to face.

It's now blatantly clear that the Blackhawks have their problems. A lot more than last year, but don't be too down. These problems can be solved and solved quite quickly, and when I say that I mean from anywhere to half a year to 2 years.

The depth isn't there like it was last season and therefore the trust that Quenneville is entrusting in his young players isn't working. The Blackhawks have some great young players, but they're not elite nor championship quality just yet.

This is not to say the Blackhawks won't win games or make the playoffs because I believe they can. It's more of a humbling. They're good, but not good enough.

We knew the team would be a step backwards from last season, but I don't think many people could actually face or believe that fact.

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