Strong goaltending and a renewed offense have the Phoenix Coyotes on their best run of the season. They're hoping that will be enough to end a five-game losing skid to the Dallas Stars.
Phoenix looks to win seven straight games for the first time in over seven years when it concludes its road trip in Dallas on Tuesday.
The Coyotes (19-20-2) improved to 4-0-0 on their trip with a 4-2 victory over Chicago on Sunday. They haven't won seven in a row since an eight-game run from Nov. 16-Dec. 2, 1999.
Phoenix has also won five in a row on the road, but will be facing a Dallas team it has lost five in a row to and beaten just once in the last eight contests in the series. The Stars (26-16-1) shut out the Coyotes in the first three meetings this season before posting a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 9.
Phoenix, though, did not have any trouble scoring against the Blackhawks on Sunday. The Coyotes built a three-goal lead heading into the third period and have scored 25 goals during their six-game run.
"We're scoring key goals at the right time," coach Wayne Gretzky said.
Mikael Tellqvist, making his second start on the trip, had 32 saves against the Blackhawks, six days after stopping 30 shots in a win at Washington. Curtis Joseph earned wins on Thursday and Friday against Carolina and Atlanta, respectively.
"Our goaltending has been real strong," said center Jeremy Roenick, who had a goal and an assist on Sunday. "At the beginning of the year, we weren't getting the saves when we needed to and weren't supporting our goaltenders."
Tellqvist has won three of his last four games and is expected to start Tuesday, according to the Coyotes' official Web site. He suffered the loss in Phoenix's last matchup with Dallas.
Phoenix hasn't won six consecutive road games since Oct. 26-Nov. 28, 1998.
Dallas lost for the third time in four games Saturday, 4-2 at Calgary. Daryl Sydor and Jere Lehtinen scored for the Stars, who allowed two goals late in the third period.
"We played well for a majority of the game but we needed to play well for a couple more minutes to take it into overtime," Sydor said.
Mary Turco lost his third consecutive start for Dallas, but is 3-0-0 with two shutouts and a 0.97 goals-against average versus Phoenix this season. Turco is 10-5-0 with one tie and a 2.41 GAA lifetime against the Coyotes.
The Stars are playing without Brenden Morrow (ankle), Mike Modano (hip), and Eric Lindros (ribs).
"Guys are stepping up and doing a great job filling in," center Stu Barnes told the Stars' official Web site. "We want to get our high-minute guys back on the ice and continue to get points."