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The St. Louis Blues will try for their first four-game winning streak in nearly three years when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday in the opener of a four-game road trip leading into the All-Star break.
The Blues (16-21-7) will face four of the five teams in the Pacific Division, with the exception of Dallas, on the trip. St. Louis has won three of its past four away from home, including the first two games of its three-game winning streak.
St. Louis hasn't won four straight since March 25-30, 2004, the last season of the Blues' remarkable run of 25 straight playoff appearances. Following the lockout, St. Louis tumbled to the league's worst record - 21-46-15 - and won three in a row just once.
Overall, the Blues won only nine road games last season. They already have seven this season.
St. Louis kept its streak alive with its best offensive game this season, a 6-5 home win over Los Angeles on Saturday. Six players scored for St. Louis, including Doug Weight and Dennis Wideman, who each added two assists as well.
"If it was 2-0 it would have been just as entertaining to me," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "It had to be fun. It was a lot of downs. I would rather it wasn't quite that exciting."
The Coyotes (20-22-2) will be looking to avoid a winless homestand after losing the first two games at Jobing.com Arena.
Phoenix has been unable to take advantage of playing at home, having their season-high seven-game winning streak snapped in a 5-1 loss to Detroit on Thursday, then losing 4-1 to San Jose on Saturday. The Coyotes beat the Sharks twice to start the long winning streak, then went undefeated on a five-game road trip before stumbling at home.
"Sometimes in this game you don't understand the end result," Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky said. "In a lot of ways we played better tonight than in the 8-0 win (on Dec. 30) but it doesn't mean squat if you don't win."
The Coyotes have lost four of their past six at home. They begin a four-game road trip following Monday's contest including two games against Colorado.
"We have to take care of business on Monday," Phoenix forward Shane Doan said. "We know how well St. Louis is playing. They're going to want to beat us. We've got to be ready to go. We can't afford to be down 1-0 every game."
The Coyotes are 2-0 against the Blues this season, winning both games in St. Louis. The Blues went 0-for-13 on the power-play in those defeats.
The Coyotes have won four straight in the series, all in St. Louis. The Blues have only two wins in 10 trips to Phoenix this decade.