After faltering late in a pair of home games, the Arizona Coyotes are hoping for better luck on the road, where they have a modest win streak.
The Coyotes, though, are heading to a place where they haven’t won in nearly three years, the Calgary Flames’ Scotiabank Saddledome.
They’ll attempt to snap a five-game skid in Calgary on Thursday night while earning a third consecutive road win for the first time in 13 months.
Arizona’s late struggles at home proved costly. The Coyotes (6-8-1) lost 1-0 to the New York Islanders on Saturday on a goal with 2:31 left and then blew a two-goal lead in a 4-3 loss Tuesday night to Dallas, allowing a short-handed, go-ahead goal with 1:16 to play.
"We know to be a good team that you have to win games like that. Those are huge points, especially at home," defenseman Connor Murphy said. "I think it helps that it’s a quick turnaround. … We’ve just got to stay with the right mindset and learn off of this, what we need to do to do better in Canada."
The Coyotes head to Western Canada in search of their first three-game road win streak since Oct. 10-13, 2013, but their last win in Calgary was a 4-3 shootout victory Feb. 23, 2012. Phoenix has totaled 10 goals in its five straight road losses to the Flames and gone 1 for 17 on the power play.
The Coyotes are 0 for 18 with a man advantage in their last four games after previously converting at a 25.6 percent rate (11 of 43) in the first 11.
"We’re getting chances, opportunities. It’s just not bouncing our way," forward Mikkel Boedker said.
The Flames (9-6-2) have one of the league’s best power plays in their last six games, going 6 for 17 (35.3 percent), but struggled defensively for much of their five-game road trip. Calgary took the first two games before giving up 13 goals while dropping two of the final three.
The Flames were outshot 26-15 in the final two periods of a 4-1 loss to Carolina on Monday.
"They capitalized on our turnovers and that was kind of the difference in the game," said forward David Jones, who scored the lone goal. "We’ve been away for a while but we should have had our legs tonight. We just came up short and we’ll regroup and get ready for the next game."
Calgary is opening a five-game stretch at the Saddledome and will try to improve a lackluster 2-2-2 record there. The Flames went 2-1-2 on their previous five-game homestand Oct. 21-31, and their six home contests this season are tied for the second-fewest in the league.
"You’ve got to take advantage of the home games when you have them," forward Lance Bouma told the team’s official website. "We’ve done a good job on the road so far. We’ve just got to try to come in here tomorrow and have a big game."
Jonas Hiller is expected to make his first start against the Coyotes in a Flames uniform. Previously a goaltender for Anaheim, Hiller is 9-0-1 with a 1.87 goals-against average in his last 10 matchups versus Arizona and has won six in a row.
Calgary went 2-3-0 against the Coyotes in 2013-14.