The Phoenix Coyotes didn't win a game on their first extended road trip of the season. Their latest stretch away from home is going much better.
The Coyotes look for a third straight victory as they continue their longest road trip of the year Tuesday night when they visit the struggling Philadelphia Flyers for the first time since 2003.
Phoenix (15-11-0) won 5-1 over the New York Rangers on Sunday in coach Wayne Gretzky's first trip back to Madison Square Garden since retiring as a member of the Rangers in 1999.
While the victory was special for the Hall of Famer, it left the Coyotes 3-1 on their six-game road trip that began with a 4-2 win at Los Angeles on Dec. 8. The team's lone loss came 3-2 against the New York Islanders on Thursday.
It's been a much better stretch away from home for the Coyotes after they were outscored 15-5 in losing every game its previous season-high four-game road swing from Nov. 28-Dec. 3.
The Coyotes, who have played eight of their last 10 on the road, are 10-8-0 away from home after going 13-26-2 last season.
Phoenix, which has played eight of its last 10 on the road, also continued its recent offensive outburst that included a 4-1 victory at New Jersey on Saturday. The Coyotes, whose 79 goals are tied with St. Louis for the fewest in the Western Conference, have outscored their opponents 15-7 on the trip that concludes Thursday at San Jose.
"Maybe they're eating a lot of carrots," said Gretzky, whose team has scored at least four goals in its last six contests. "Better eyesight."
Sunday, Joel Perrault had two goals and an assist in his second game since being recalled from the AHL.
"I was pretty proud of the way I played (versus New Jersey) in my first game back since last January," Perrault said. "I was pretty happy with my skill level, and (Sunday) was even better."
Radim Vrbata scored his team-leading 13th goal and added an assist for the Coyotes. Vrbata has three goals and four assists in his last four games.
Ilya Bryzgalov returned from a night off to make 34 saves Sunday for the Coyotes.
Though Phoenix has not played in Philadelphia since losing 3-2 on Dec. 5, 2003, it beat the Flyers 4-0 at home on March 12 in the teams' most recent contest.
Philadelphia (16-12-3) lost 4-2 at New Jersey on Sunday for a season-high third loss in a row.
Mike Richards and Daniel Briere each scored for the Flyers, who have allowed 14 goals during their recent skid.
Richards, who signed a 12-year contract extension Thursday, scored his first goal in eight games to tie Briere for the team lead with 15.
Martin Biron, who has alternated starts in goal with Antero Niittymaki over the last four games, could be back in net Tuesday after sitting out Sunday's loss. Biron, who has lost three of his last four starts, has dropped his last two versus Phoenix.
The Flyers could receive a boost if Kimmo Timonen, the team's top defenseman, is able to return Tuesday after missing the last two games with a lower body injury.
"Kimmo felt much better (Monday)," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told the team's official Web site. "If everything goes okay, his plan will be to skate (Tuesday) morning with the team and hopefully play."