There's no use feeling sorry for the Blues, no sense in even bringing it up.

The Note played its second game in two nights on Tuesday, its third in four nights. By regular-season standards, that's a grind. By this irregular season's standards, that's just the way things go.

There's no rest for the weary, in St. Louis, in Chicago, in Nashville … in the NHL.

"It's the same for everybody, right?" Blues forward Andy McDonald asked. "I mean, it's tough for us now — Chicago was sitting (at home) coming into their home opener. But they played back-to-back, too, (Saturday-Sunday) to open the season.

"It's part of the situation now, with the schedule the way it is. We have to find a way, if we're going to get to where we're going, to manage these games and find a way."

The Blues were back in town and took Wednesday off. There was no practice, optional or otherwise.

But they resume their pursuit of playoff glory by hosting the Nashville Predators tonight.

Oh, and by the way, the Predators played in Minnesota on Tuesday, winning 3-1. They will be playing their fourth game in six nights on Thursday, just like the Blues. It's a long – physically demanding – way to the top if you want to rock and roll.

"I mean, we've got enough lines," McDonald added. "We can roll four lines. We've got 16 (forwards) that can play. There's no way fatigue should be a factor."