The Blues will try for a different result this time around when the teams face off at Scottrade Center on Saturday.
St. Louis (7-11-3) won two straight before falling 5-2 to the Coyotes on Oct. 17. The Blues went just 3-9-2 over their next 14 games, including losing three straight on three different occasions.
They have bounced back with consecutive shootout wins, however, and will now try to equal their longest winning streak from 2005-06. Petr Cajanek scored twice in regulation Friday while Martin Rucinsky and Doug Weight both scored in the shootout to lift St. Louis to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
The Blues have won three of the four shootouts they’ve been involved in this season.
“The two points are huge for us,” said Cajanek, who returned after missing three games with a hip injury. “I hope we can keep going like this. Every goal helps build the confidence. It’s definitely nice to score two goals against a guy like (Dominik Hasek). It’s huge.”
Manny Legace came up huge for the Blues in his return to Joe Louis Arena, making 41 saves. A 37-game winner for Detroit last season, Legace is 5-6-1 this season with a 3.34 goals-against average and is 6-3 with two ties and a 2.16 GAA in 12 career games versus the Coyotes.
He’ll likely try to help the Blues kick off their three-game homestand on a positive note after they went 2-3 on their recent road trip.
Phoenix dropped to an NHL-worst 1-9 away from home this season with a 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Friday—its fourth shutout loss of the season.
The Coyotes (7-15-0) had beaten New Jersey 3-1 on Wednesday, but failed to win back-to-back games for the second time this season.
“We always respond well to losses, we just don’t respond well to wins,” Coyotes forward Georges Laraque said. “Hopefully we get the message and come up with a strong effort against St. Louis and then the game after that.”
Phoenix has won three in a row against the Blues since last season, but are trying to avoid losing its seventh in a row overall on the road.
Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph was replaced in the third period Friday by David LeNeveu after allowing all four goals in just under 47 minutes. Joseph has struggled to a 5-11 record this season with a 3.56 GAA, but is 18-9 with two ties and a 2.12 GAA in 30 career starts versus the Blues.
Joseph, who spent his first six NHL seasons with the Blues from 1989-95, needs five wins to move past Hall of Famer Jacques Plante into fifth place on the all-time list. Plante had 437 wins with five teams, including St. Louis.