The Calgary Flames have not won a road game in more than a month. The next opponent on their season-high six-game trip has been one of the best home teams in the NHL over that span.
The Flames try to avoid losing six straight road games for the first time in four years when they meet the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday.
Calgary (15-11-3) opened its road trip with a 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Thursday, and has dropped five straight away from home for the second time this season. The Flames are one of the worst road teams in the league with a 3-8-3 record.
They failed to convert on any of their eight power-play chances against the Canucks, and are 2-for-31 (6.5 percent) with the man advantage during their road skid.
"I don't think we kept it as simple on the road as we have to keep it," Calgary coach Jim Playfair said. "We turned a lot of pucks over and gave up too many quality scoring chances. It's about working hard and sticking to our system."
The Flames have not won on the road since beating Vancouver 3-2 on Nov. 11. They haven't lost six straight away from home since a seven-game slide from Nov. 7-Dec. 1, 2002.
While Calgary is stumbling on the road, the Coyotes are 6-0-1 on their home ice since Nov. 14. The Flames are the only team to win more home games in that span, posting eight victories during their franchise-record 10-game home win streak.
Calgary has dominated the series with Phoenix lately, though, winning three straight and nine of the last 11 matchups. The Flames beat the Coyotes 6-1 on Oct. 24 in the first meeting between the teams this season.
Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff, who has started 27 of 29 games this season, made 26 saves in that contest and is 5-2 with a 1.66 goals-against average and one shutout in his career against the Coyotes.
The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has been in net for four games during Calgary's road skid, posting a 2.47 GAA in those games. Kiprusoff is 3-7-2 with a 2.75 GAA on the road this season.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored against the Coyotes in October, and has 12 goals and three assists in his last 10 games against them.
Phoenix (12-18-1) defeated Columbus 5-4 in a shootout on Thursday, snapping a three-game losing streak. Mike Comrie scored the only goal in the shootout, and had a goal and an assist in regulation to lead the Coyotes.
Comrie has a goal and three assists in his last four games after missing more than a month with a fractured foot.
Mikael Tellqvist made his fifth start in the Coyotes' last seven games on Thursday, stopping 21 shots in regulation and all three shootout attempts.
"Goaltending comes down to making key saves at opportune times whether it's 1-1 or 4-4," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "That's what Tellqvist did tonight."
Tellqvist is 3-1-1 with a 3.05 GAA since Dec. 4, while starting goalie Curtis Joseph is 0-2-0 with a 3.50 GAA in his two starts in that span.