St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) controls the puck in front of Minnesota Wild defenseman Greg Zanon during the first period of their NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.(AP Photo/Andy King) By ANDY KING
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The advertising theme for the St. Louis Blues this season is "Don't Stop Believing."
The plea is appropriate. The front office and the franchise's loyal fan base are still awaiting results from a roster built around former high draft picks a few years ago.
The Blues have missed the playoffs four of the last five seasons, finishing 11th in the Western Conference and 10 points out last season.
The early going promises to be challenging. The first two games are at home, Oct. 8 against the Nashville Predators and Oct. 10 against the Chicago Blackhawks. But eight of the next nine are on the road.
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