The Wings are in the middle of their toughest stretch of the season having completed 5 out of 10 consecutive games against .500+ teams. The Wings have gone an impressive 4-1 in the first 5 with wins against the Blues (x2), Jackets, and Leafs with the lone loss being dealt by the Jackets. The wins were tight scoring games with the Wings only winning by 1 goal in 3 of them and 2 of those 3 were OT victories. The lone loss was also by a 1 goal differential. During the past stretch the Wings briefly took over top spot but were bumped back to second the next day after the Blues defeated the Bruins. This is only the second time the Wings have briefly held the top spot in the West and in both cases that only lasted 24 hours. The previous time the Wings temporarily claimed top spot, over two months ago, the Wings went on a losing streak that briefly dropped them as low as 4th in the conference and have had to claw their way back into the race. Obviously Detroit management hopes history does not repeat itself. The second half of this tough 10 game stretch begins tonight when they yet again face off against the Blues. In the most recent two games against the Blues, St. Louis came in a bit banged up and recently have been experiencing brain cramps in their roster submissions to officials. The Wings will tonight face a healthy Blues team and do not expect any roster submission excuses from St. Louis. The next 5 games will see the Wings face the Blues (.686), Jackets (.529), Hurricanes (.653), Bruins (.567), and Flyers (.559).