DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 23: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St. Louis Blues looks on as Tomas Holmstrom #96 of the Detroit Red Wings battles with Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
The Detroit Red Wings will battle for playoff positioning when they face the Central Division champion St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.
Precious few games remain in the NHL regular season, but the St. Louis Blues have nothing to be concerned about. They clinched their eighth division title earlier in the week, taking the Central division by surprise in 2012. Nobody was more surprised than the Detroit Red Wings, the team that was, at least predictably, supposed to win it. With St. Louis actually in pretty mediocre form as the season winds down, the Wings have a chance to stick it to the division champions on Wednesday night.
It's not going to be easy though, the Wings have been in pretty terrible form as well recently with a 3-5-2 record in their last ten games. Most of the issue has been their inability to win on the road; away from Joe Louis Arena they have lost seven straight, a streak encompassing every single road game in March. Of course, injuries to guys like Nicklas Lidstrom didn't help, and the Red Wings are healthy again.
Detroit is currently sitting in the fifth seed of the Western Conference, with Nashville a single point ahead of them. Chicago is a point behind the Wings; Detroit has a game in hand on both teams, giving them three games left to play in the regular season including Wednesday's. A win will give Detroit it's 12th straight season with 100 points.
The game will be at the Scottrade Center at 7:30 p.m. ET.