After losing again in a building in which they rarely win, the Columbus Blue Jackets now face a team they have trouble scoring against.
The Blue Jackets haven’t recorded more than two goals in any of their last 10 meetings with the Phoenix Coyotes, whom they face Tuesday night at Jobing.com Arena.
Columbus (20-16-3) fell 4-1 at Nashville on Sunday, snapping its three-game win streak and giving the Blue Jackets the longest current drought for a visiting team in any arena. They are 0-10-5 in their last 15 at the Bridgestone Arena.
Scoring against Phoenix (17-13-8) has been similarly problematic, with Columbus going 2-7-1 in those last 10 matchups. Ilya Bryzgalov(notes) is 4-1-0 with a 1.20 goals-against average in his last five starts against the Blue Jackets, while backup Jason LaBarbera(notes) has gone 4-2-0 with a 1.33 GAA in six career starts versus Columbus.
The Coyotes, though, have yielded 13 goals in going 1-1-1 over their last three games. Phoenix rallied from a two-goal deficit to take the lead in Minnesota on Sunday, but allowed the tying goal with 26 seconds left in regulation and lost 6-5 in overtime.
The Coyotes have scored three or more goals in a period in their last three games, but their four-goal outburst in the third Sunday wasn’t enough.
Phoenix allowed Minnesota to score on its lone power-play chance, dropping the Coyotes’ penalty killing percentage to 78.4 - among the worst in the NHL. Columbus is the Western Conference’s worst team on the power play at 12.2 percent.
“In the first period we got pucks in, got after them, and forced them to turn pucks over,” coach Scott Arniel said. “(In the second), they did the exact opposite. They did the same thing. Once the first couple went it, it was scramble mode.”