The Coyotes will try to win their sixth straight away from home Tuesday night and end a six-game slide against the Sharks.
Although Phoenix (25-17-9) has lost four straight at home, it’s in position for its first six-game road win streak since Dec. 15, 2007-Jan. 8, 2008. The Coyotes have limited opponents to 1 for 17 on the power play during this run.
“We’ve gotten timely goals and there’s a combination of things that have been the recipe for success,” coach Dave Tippett said. “At home we need to get a simpler approach, a harder approach - it seems to give our team a better chance to win.”
Phoenix has not been able to employ that formula during an 0-3-3 stretch against San Jose (25-19-6), which has gone 6 of 24 on the power play in that span.
Niemi has a 1.94 GAA during a 4-0-1 stretch for San Jose, which had a four-game win streak snapped with Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss at Los Angeles.
“I think we came to play,” coach Todd McLellan said. “The effort was there, the grinding part of the game was there, but I don’t think we were sharp enough to win.”
Devin Setoguchi(notes) scored to give him three goals in two games while center Logan Couture(notes) added an assist to extend his point streak to four. Couture’s run began when he had a goal and an assist in a 4-2 road victory over Phoenix on Jan. 17.
This is the final home game for the Sharks before a seven-game trip. They have won two straight at HP Pavilion after losing six in a row there.
Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle(notes), the team’s lone All-Star, enters with the longest current point streak in the NHL at nine games (two goals, 12 assists). Yandle, ironically, was one of the few skaters not to register a point in Sunday’s 11-10 All-Star game.
“We’re a no-frills team, play four lines and try to outwork the other team,” Stempniak said. “It’s probably more conducive on the road where you’re happy to have a tight-game mentality. We’ve embraced it.”
Phoenix has lost three straight and 10 of 13 (3-8-2) at HP Pavilion.