I'm playing on ST. LOUIS. I've successfully played against the Wings in three of their last four games. They lost all four. The Wings gave up five goals in each of three games that I played against them. While I don't mean to keep picking on (against) them, this is another tough spot. This is Detroit's first game back from a road trip and first since an OT loss on 11/20. That's often difficult, particularly for a team which is weary from having played a lot of games. (While the Wings have had a few days off, they're still tied for the most games played in the league.) Note that Detroit is 2-8 its last 10, with three or more day's rest in between games. Getting home right before the holiday is nice for the players but less than ideal for tonight's game. Relief is in sight. The Wings get a couple days off after this and then they face the Sabres on Saturday. That should provide a good chance to snap the skid. Tonight's game against the Blues figures to be far more challenging. I successfully played on the Blues in their last game and I really liked what I saw from them. They spotted Vegas two goals and then scored five straight. Coach Berube also liked what he saw: "We ended up coming back and guys did a nice job." The Blues know they need to keep the pedal to the metal and take advanage of this winnable game. They've won five of the past six meetings with their old Norris rivals; the road team is 12-4 the last 16. More of the same tonight.