The past few days have been a learning laboratory for the Blues. With several of their top players mending, they've had to find new sources of inspiration.

The experiment worked again at Excel Energy Center, as the Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday, carrying their 27th victory into 2014.

The Wild are a wounded organization right now. After starting the season 9-1-1, the team is in a 5-13-1 reversal, a stretch that includes six consecutive losses. Top scoring threat Zach Parise has missed extensive time with a foot injury and the defense had allowed 26 goals in the last six games.

The Blues offered something less than staunch support. They have topped the Wild seven consecutive times. The lead story in the Sports section of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Tuesday suggested Wild coach Mike Yeo might not survive the current homestand.